Dance/Movement Therapy & Anxiety

“Anxiety is a body/mind split that is constructed in the mind, but felt in the body. Dance/movement therapy is a psychotherapeutic process that creates balance in the nervous system, ownership of one’s own body, and agency through movement by turning anxiety into excitement…and giving it someplace to go.” – Jennifer Frank Tantia, PhD, MS, BC-DMT, LCAT


About the speaker: Jennifer Frank Tantia, PhD, MS, BC-DMT, LCAT is a somatic psychologist and board certified dance/movement therapist specializing in anxiety disorders and medically unexplained symptoms. She is on the research faculty at Lesley University and advises dance/movement therapy master’s and doctoral students in somatic research internationally. Dr. Tantia currently serves on the board of the American Dance Therapy Association as Chair of Research and Practice, and is an associate editor of the international journal, “Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy.” Dr. Tantia presents her work internationally and has authored several publications in both dance/movement therapy and somatic psychology. Currently she is co-authoring an international handbook entitled, “Embodied Perspectives in Psychotherapy,” scheduled for publication in 2018. She has a full-time private psychotherapy practice in Manhattan.

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