Mind Your Body
Summary: How can we use "body knowledge" into patterns of behaving, thinking, and feeling? Can we facilitate harmony within each individual and with society as a whole? Mind Your Body is a podcast that aims to inform listeners about the inner-workings of the human body as a vehicle for improved consciousness of thoughts and actions using principles and concepts from dance/movement therapy, the psychotherapeutic use of movement that furthers the emotional, physical, and intellectual integration of an individual. We will explore popular social, emotional, behavioral, and political topics from this perspective. Tune in and find out as your host, Orit Krug, shares her interviews with dance/movement therapists and other experts who have a unique perspective on the subject.
Joan Wittig, MS, BC-DMT, LCAT talks about the significance of using movement in psychotherapy for people struggling with depression. Joan describes movement as a bridge from body to mind that allows people to access deeply held feelings and ultimately gain powerful insights about the origins of their depression. http://www.mindyourbodydmt.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Episode-12-Joan-Wittig.mp3 Joan Wittig began her career as a dance/movement therapist at Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center, where she worked in inpatient psychiatry for 6 ½ years before becoming the director of the Creative Arts Therapy Department. She left Woodhull to become the director of the Family Health and Support Center at Cumberland Diagnostic and Treatment Center, and eventually left Cumberland to take the position as director of the graduate dance therapy program at Pratt Institute, where she is also a tenured full professor. She also has a private practice in New York City. Joan was heavily involved in the passage of legislation that licenses creative arts therapy in New York State, serving as liaison from the New York Coalition of Creative Arts Therapies to the Joint Council for Mental Health Services Legislative Coalition for over 10 years. She has served on the New York State Board for Mental Health Practitioners for the past 20 years. She received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the New York Art Therapy Association, and an Exceptional Service Award and Outstanding Achievement Award from the American Dance Therapy Association. Currently Joan teaches nationally and internationally. She has presented and taught dance therapy in Canada, Japan, New Zealand, China, and Korea. She developed and implemented the first dance/movement therapy training program in mainland China, through Inspirees International, and continues to serve as Program Director and faculty. She is on the faculty of Dance Therapy New Zealand, and is the founder and director of the New York Center for the Study of Authentic Movement. Joan is one of the subjects of a film by the New York Chapter of the American Dance Therapy Association, “Moving Stories – Portraits of Dance/Movement Therapy”. She has published several articles and chapters on a variety of subjects, including Authentic Movement, improvisation as therapy, non-verbal communication in groups, and dance therapy as Buddhist practice.
Allison Winters, MA, MS, BC-DMT, LCAT, E-RYT treats veterans and active service members through mind-body centered approaches. Listen to find out why dance/movement therapy and body-based practices are effective approaches to helping these individuals regain control over their emotions and feel empowered in their lives once again. Allison is a board certified dance/movement therapist and licensed creative arts therapist. She holds two masters degrees, an MA in clinical psychology and an MS in dance/movement therapy and is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in mind-body medicine at Saybrook University. Allison is an experienced clinician, having worked with a wide range of clientele, including adults, adolescents, and children in inpatient psychiatry, and US military war veterans in both residential and outpatient settings. Allison’s published research article Emotion, Embodiment, and Mirror Neurons in Dance/Movement Therapy: A Connection Across Disciplines, has received media attention, as well as awards for both research and journalism. She has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in psychology and counseling and has presented her work both at the community and national levels. She can be seen discussing her work with military members in the video Dance/Movement Therapy with Veterans and Military Personnel, part of the American Dance Therapy Association’s ADTA Talks series. Currently, she coordinates a wellness program at an integrative treatment program for military service members with traumatic brain injury and psychological health conditions. She recently had the honor of demonstrating dance/movement therapy with military members as part of the Arts & Wellness series at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, DC. Allison is a registered yoga instructor (E-RYT 200) and a lifelong student of dance. http://www.mindyourbodydmt.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Episode-11-Allison-Winters.mp3
Amber Gray talks about body-centered approaches to her global humanitarian work, describes physical aspects of trauma memory, and advises that stronger body awareness can enhance our capacity to respond to fears induced by the current refugee crisis and political climate. Amber is a pioneer in the use of Dance Movement Therapy with survivors of trauma, particularly torture, war and human rights abuses. Amber’s expertise is represented in many published articles and chapters, keynote addresses, professional collaborations and presentations around the world. Amber has provided clinical training on the integration of refugee mental health, torture treatment and creative arts, mindfulness, and body-based therapies with survivors and refugees to more than 30 programs worldwide since the late 1990’s. She originated a resiliency-based framework and clinical approach (Restorative Movement Psychotherapy) for mind-heart-spirit, somatic, movement and arts-based therapies with survivors of trauma in cross cultural, low resource contexts, and she has two upcoming book chapters, one co-authored with Dr. Stephen Porges, on polyvagal informed dance movement therapy based on her collaborations with Dr. Porges, and the wisdom of whole body, moving intelligence. http://www.mindyourbodydmt.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Episode-10-Amber-Gray-1.mp3
Susan Kleinman, MA, BC-DMT, NCC, CEDS, is creative arts therapies supervisor and dance/movement therapist for The Renfrew Center of Florida. Ms Kleinman is a trustee of the Marian Chace Foundation, Past President of the American Dance Therapy Association, and a past Chair of The National Coalition for Creative Arts Therapies. She has published extensively, presented widely, is the Sierra Tucson’s 2012 “Gratitude for Giving” honoree , the recipient of the American Dance Therapy Association’s 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award and The International Association of Eating Disorders Professional’s 2014 Spirit of iaedp Award. Her work is featured in the documentary entitled Expressing Disorder: Journey to Recovery. http://www.mindyourbodydmt.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Episode-9-Susan-Kleinman.mp3
Antonia Arboleda-Hahnemann, BC-DMT informs us about her therapeutic work with clients who suffer from mild to severe anxiety disorders and how dance/movement therapy can be applied even up to 35,000 feet in the air. Antonia Arboleda-Hahnemann is a psychologist and board certified dance/movement therapist living and working in Hamburg, Germany. She received her MA in Dance/Movement Therapy from University of California, Los Angeles and her Master in psychology from Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich, Germany. Antonia currently teaches at two Universities clinical psychology, clinical reasoning, communication skills in therapeutic settings, relaxation techniques and introductory courses in dance/movement therapy for physiotherapists, speech therapist and occupational therapists. In addition she works in her private practice as a licensed therapist, communication trainer, supervisor and a trainer for acting students, applying dance and movement. Antonia is the author and speaker of several audiobooks for relaxation techniques and fearless flying. Since 2003 she has been leading over 140 seminars for individuals suffering from Aviophobia implementing dance/movement therapy both in therapeutic sessions as well as in the airplane during flight. To get in touch with Antonia Arboleda-Hahnemann: www.arboleda.de To get more information on the Fear-Flying-Seminars: www.flugangst.de http://www.mindyourbodydmt.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/8.-Antonia-Arboleda-Moving-through-Fear-of-Flying.mp3
Sherry Goodill, Ph.D, BC-DMT, NCC, LPC, a Dance/Movement Therapy educator of over 30 years, shares her insights about what it means to become a dance/movement therapist and why it’s important to incorporate body and movement knowledge into one’s training and practice of psychotherapy. Sherry W. Goodill is Clinical Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Creative Arts Therapies at Drexel University, and the immediate Past- President of the American Dance Therapy Association. She holds a Ph.D. in Medical Psychology with a concentration in Mind/Body Studies, and her 2005 volume, An Introduction to Medical Dance/Movement Therapy: Health Care in Motion, has supported the application of dance/movement therapy for people living with medical conditions worldwide. Her professional interests concern psychosocial aspects of medical conditions, and the development of evidence for the creative arts therapies in the broad spectrum of healthcare. *Study referenced at 8:39 is titled “Are Dance/Movement Therapy Trainees a Distinctive Group? Initial Differences and Effects of Training” by L.S Goodman and J. Holroyd, can be found in the American Journal of Dance Therapy http://www.mindyourbodydmt.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/7.-Sherry-Goodill-On-Becoming-a-Dance-Movement-Therapist.mp3
Kendra Kambestad, MS, LCAT, BC-DMT and Laura Raffa, MS, LCAT, BC-DMT, talk about what it means to truly witness another and be seen by another through Authentic Movement, a process that can help individuals discover and understand their deepest impulses and needs. Kendra Kambestad specializes in movement psychotherapy and authentic movement. She has worked in the mental health field since 2006 and is based out of New York City. Her philosophy is rooted in the process of self-discovery, helping individuals express their whole story through movement, dance, and words in order to move forward, experience transformation, and heal. She has extensive clinical experience working with adults struggling with mental illness, addiction, and incarceration and she’s had the honor of teaching at several universities throughout New York City. In 2013 she established an authentic movement group for professionals seeking to integrate a healthy relationship to the body, connect with others authentically, and reach a positive sense of self in the world. In 2016 she collaborated with artist Megan Snowe to provide authentic movement during Once More, with Feeling at Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Project Space. For more information about Kendra Kambestad and authentic movement, visit www.nycmovementtherapy.com. Laura Raffa graduated from Pratt Institute with a master’s degree in dance/movement therapy, and is a licensed Creative Arts Therapist and board certified dance/movement therapist. She received her group psychotherapy certification through the American Group Psychotherapy Association and is a certified authentic movement practitioner. She has worked with forensic populations at both Bellevue Hospital Center and Rikers Island Jail, and currently coordinates a program that bridges the two facilities to provide sustained mental healthcare. In her work at Rikers, she also conducts Crisis Intervention Trainings for the department of corrections and mental health staff. She has worked with civilian in-patients adults as well as children with cancer and those with developmental disabilities. With her colleague, Kendra Kambestad, she ran an authentic movement group in private practice and lectured at several colleges. http://www.mindyourbodydmt.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/6.-Kendra-Kambestad-Laura-Raffa-Bridging-the-Conscious-and-Unconscious-through-Authentic-Movement.mp3
Rosey Puloka MA, R-DMT, shares her perspective on how to support inclusion of different identities, find belonging, and push past “fears of the unknown” in order to facilitate more harmony across borders. Rosey Puloka is a dance/movement therapist, trauma yoga specialist, and counselor in the Chicago area. She received her BA from Colorado College in Dance and her MA in Dance/Movement therapy and Counseling from Columbia College Chicago. The bulk of her work has centered around the liberation of incarcerated women through intersectional feminist approaches to healing. Guided by a critical trans politic, Rosey seeks to use relational movement as a vehicle for resistance and recuperation. http://www.mindyourbodydmt.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/5.-Rosey-Puloka-Reaching-Across-Borders.mp3
Jessica Scott, MA, LMHC talks about her recent health and fitness lifestyle transformation and how it has positively impacted her emotional well-being. The discussion takes a unique turn when Jessica and Orit speculate how fitness training may mimic certain body-based survival responses and strengthen one’s ability to manage anxiety. Jessica Scott is a licensed therapist and counselor in the New York City area. She received her BA in Applied Psychology from Penn State University and her MA in Mental Health and Wellness from NYU. Over the last 6 years, Jessica has helped her clients to improve their self-worth and to cope with stress, anxiety, and depression through a variety of cognitive-behavioral techniques, but has struggled to prioritize the same strategies in her own life until recently. Jessica has been tackling her own issues around body shame, self-worth, and fear of judgement head-on and has become passionately invested in caring for both her mind and body so she can be an even better therapist to her clients and an effective mentor to other women. http://www.mindyourbodydmt.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/4.-Jessica-Scott-Fit-Body-Fit-Mind.mp3
Winnie Wong, MS, R-DMT, LCAT, Jamie Yasgur, MS, R-DMT, LP-CAT, Sarah Lannon, MS, R-DMT and Orit talk about their experiences as relatively new dance/movement therapists. Themes about professional identity, work-life balance, and self-forgiveness often come up throughout the discussion. Even if you’re not a DMT, you will certainly be able to relate as a new or seasoned professional in another field. Winnie M. Wong is a full-time dance/movement therapist in adult inpatient psychiatry at Kings County Hospital Center in Brooklyn, NY. During her masters training at Pratt Institute, she worked with children in an integrative population, adolescents and forensics, with all-male inmates. She is interested in how her work could intersect with the Juvenile Justice population. Before graduate school, she worked in non-profit arts administration for six years. Jamie Yasgur is a dance/ movement therapist at an educational and residential facility for individuals with disabilities, including medical frailties and autism. Jamie has previously worked in long and short term geriatric care facilities and a social day program for LGBT elders. She has also provided workshops for adolescents and young women surrounding issues of identity and sexuality, and is certified to practice Authentic Movement. Sarah Lannon is a Dance/Movement Therapist in the Bay Area. Currently, she works with women undergoing treatment for drug and alcohol dependency and individuals who are suffering from chronic pain and disability. Before moving to California Sarah lived in NYC and ran a dance therapy program for children with disabilities at the Henry Viscardi School in Alberston, NY. http://www.mindyourbodydmt.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/4.-New-DMT-Professionals-Identity-and-Self-Care.mp3 *Mirroring is the starting point of how dance/movement therapists relate to each patient. Mirroring requires a dance therapist to be completely present in the therapeutic relationship by following the shape, quality, and essence of the feeling behind a patient’s movement. Mirroring is an opportunity for a patient to feel seen as the joining of movement aims to communicate non-judgmental acceptance and understanding of the individual.
Christina Devereaux, Ph.D., LCAT, LMHC, BC-DMT, NCC informs us why it is essential for human bodies to rest in the midst of our fast-paced lives and how we can learn to trust the “pause.” Christina Devereaux is an Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Training in the Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling program at Antioch University New England and an Adjunct Associate Professor at Pratt Institute. She serves on the senior faculty at Inspirees, a training program for DMT in China, and an international faculty member for Dance Therapy New Zealand. She is co-editor of the American Journal of Dance Therapy and 2008 President’s Award recipient from the American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA). She was featured on CCTV, the largest television station in China, and as a presenter for the 2014 ADTA Talks series focusing on DMT and autism. In addition to authoring many chapters and journal publications, she has a blog with Psychology Today “Meaning in motion: Dancing with the mind in mind.” http://www.mindyourbodydmt.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/2.-Christina-Devereaux-The-Power-of-Pausing.mp3
Meet the host, Orit Krug, as she provides a brief introduction of this podcast series and a more in-depth description of Dance/Movement Therapy (DMT). Orit Krug (Greenberger), MS, BC-DMT, LCAT is the Director of Expressive Therapies at Rockford Center, an inpatient/outpatient psychiatric hospital in Newark, Delaware. Orit is a board-certified dance/movement therapist and holds a Master of Science degree in Dance/Movement Therapy from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. She has clinical experience with a range of populations including children with severe emotional disturbances, autism spectrum disorders, trauma survivors, hospitalized patients in crisis, and adults and adolescents with a variety of DSM-V diagnoses. Orit currently provides clinical supervision to DMT graduate students and Creative Arts Therapists, including art therapists and music therapists. Orit has provided Creative Arts Therapies in-services to employees working in outpatient and inpatient treatment settings and DMT workshops to undergraduate students and local dance communities. http://www.mindyourbodydmt.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/MYB_Long_intro-FNL.mp3