Depression Dance-Movement Therapy

Depression

Depression is the most common psychological condition, and most people experience it at one point or another in their lives.

Symptoms of depression include lethargy, low self esteem, a feeling of sadness, helplessness, hopelessness, anxiety, dysphoric mood and even suicidal thoughts. People who are depressed usually feel a lack of energy and a lack of pleasure and they may be agitated or irritable.

Since there are so many causes to depression, which boils down to a natural response to life experiences (a defence mechanism), each situation warrants a thorough investigation into the exact catalyst. Depending on what causes a specific incidence of depression, a treatment plan can be developed to help the individual deal with his or her emotions.

Some people are predisposed to depression in that it can run in the family. In many cases, it is learned when someone is constantly exposed to it.

Counselling can help a person to adapt to life changes that are causing grief, particularly with bereavement or marital issues. Systemic therapy is helpful in family therapy, where the efforts of the whole family can help the individual. Psychodynamic therapy helps a person to find the hidden psychological defences that cause problems to manifest. Cognitive behavioral therapy focuses on the problem at hand, providing solutions to day-to-day issues and finding ways to restructure negative thought patterns.

If you are looking for a counsellor or psychologist who has training and experience in depression counselling you may want to search the directory to find a professional whose approach will suit you best.

Dance-Movement Therapy

Psychotherapists who facilitate Dance-Movement Therapy use movement to promote physical, spiritual, cognitive and emotional development. This type of therapy is suitable for people of all ages, and it is particularly helpful for people with mental and emotional health needs, physical disabilities, addictions, and personal development requirements.

Each client will have different needs to address through dance-movement therapy, but it will include the therapist observing a client's physical movements. Physical movement can bring great insight into a client's emotional, cognitive and behavioural state. The therapist can then plan movement sessions, sometimes in groups, to cater to the group  or a single individual's requirements.

Dance-Movement Therapy offers a safe environment for clients to communicate, acknowledge and contain their feelings and to encourage positive interactions with other individuals.

If you are looking for a therapist who offers Dance-Movement Therapy, please browse our list of practitioners below..

Leanne Cuddington

M.A., RCC
Leanne is a Registered Clinical Counsellor based in Kitsilano. She obtained her Master’s degree in Somatic Counselling Psychology from Naropa University, Colorado and she has specialized credentials in Body... Read more