Dance Movement Therapy

“Sometimes our emotions are buried so deep that we don’t have words to express them.

Sometimes it’s too hard to feel what we are feeling straight on.

Sometimes we need to get out of our head and into our body to feel what we are feeling.

Sometimes we need to use our imagination and play to find and create new solutions.

Sometimes we just need to move” 

– Liz Diaz 

Dance Movement Therapy (DMT) is defined as the psychotherapeutic use of movement within a process that seeks the psychophysical integration (body-mind) of the individual and uses movement and dance to improve the mental and physical well-being of the individual.

In DMT, there are no specific steps to follow, and you don’t need to be a “dancer” to benefit. In DMT intuitive movement and movement exploration becomes a tool to connect with your inner wisdom.

The thing that I love the most about Dance Movement Therapy is that it is a vehicle for expression.

It specifically focuses on physical expression; body language, non-verbal behaviours, and emotional expressions instead of words, acting as a bridge between the body and mind.

In Dance Movement Therapy we use creativity, body movement, and dance to support us in the exploration and integration of emotional, cognitive, physical, social and spiritual aspects of ourselves.

Through movement exploration we get to deepen our understanding of our life experiences, emotions and body.

Individual Sessions

1-1 Dance Movement Therapy: Your Personal Journey of Self-Expression and Healing

Are you curious about what a 1-1 Dance Movement Therapy session entails? Let’s take a glimpse into this transformative experience:

1. Verbal Check-in: We start with a supportive verbal check-in to help you become aware of your psychophysical state. This allows us to understand your emotions and needs, creating a safe and nurturing space for your journey.

2. “Warm-up” Exploration: Next, we embark on a warm-up journey where we explore the possibilities of movement and prepare your body to express itself. Through various warm-up exercises, we’ll connect you to your breath, body, and the space around you, setting the stage for your unique movement experience.

3. Creative Self-Exploration: Here, we focus on creatively connecting with your interior landscape. Through movement and gesture, you’ll have the freedom to feel, express, and tell your story. As we delve into this psychotherapeutic process, you may be encouraged to make gestures, explore different body movements, or create dance sequences that symbolize your inner experiences. This exploration can be especially helpful in working with difficult emotions and fostering emotional release.

4. Integration and Reflection: After the dynamic exploration, we take a few moments for writing and drawing to reflect on your experience. This expressive process will allow you to gain deeper insights and connect with your inner self. You’ll have the opportunity to share your reflections verbally with the therapist, fostering a deeper understanding of your journey.

5. Closing and Next Steps: As we conclude the session, we’ll discuss next steps and take-home practices tailored to your needs. This ensures that the insights and breakthroughs from the session continue to resonate in your daily life.

A 1-1 Dance Movement Therapy session typically lasts between 60 to 120 minutes and can be conducted either in person or online. Rest assured, no dance experience is required to embrace this transformative journey of self-expression and healing.

If you’re curious to embark on this personalized dance therapy experience, don’t hesitate to reach out and begin your empowering journey of self-discovery and emotional well-being. Let the transformative power of movement guide you towards greater healing and authenticity.

Email liz@lizdiaz.ca to book your appointment. Not sure if a Dance Movement Therapy Session is for you? Book a free discover call here https://calendly.com/lizdiaz/30min


“Liz has such a gentle and mindful presence, and her guidance creates safety, intention, and awareness for each person’s journey.  She brings such passion and compassion for this deep work, and has helped me come home to my body in ways I never knew I could.  I am deeply grateful.”  – Amy