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On-Demand Webinar - Listening to the Body: Using Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (SP) and Dance/Movement Therapy to Facilitate Change

Length: 1 hour

Originally recorded on 8/4/16, now available to view on demand! 

Dance/movement therapists work across the spectrum of stillness and movement, using the creative process and the body/mind connection to support change, healing, and growth with clients.  Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (SP) is often described as a "body-based talk therapy" that incorporates contemporary findings in neurobiology and mindfulness as a therapeutic process.  It offers a framework for addressing trauma and attachment issues and provides a lens for understanding these issues that can help dance/movement therapists pace and structure therapeutic work effectively.  Dance/movement therapists can bring the richness of the discipline of DMT to SP principles and methods.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this webinar, participants will:

  1. Be introduced to basic principles of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (SP) and ways that SP can support DMT practices
  2. Increase appreciation of the value of addressing small and subtle body cues and movement as well as larger scale movement
  3. Consider new possibilities for working with cognitive, emotional and body levels of experience 


Annabelle F. Coote, MA, LMHC, BC-DMT, CADC is a board certified dance/movement therapist and licensed mental health counselor with 20 years experience as a clinician, educator, consultant and supervisor.  She has completed the level 2 training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy.  She loves helping both clients and therapists harness the power of the brain/body connections and the creative process to deepen, enrich and transform life experiences. She offers creative, body-centered therapy in her private practice, Movement Matters ( She also provides supervision and consultation for therapists.  She chairs the ADTA Continuing Education Sub-committee and serves on the ADTA Standards and Ethics Committee.  Annabelle regularly presents at conferences and is the author of the book chapter, “Returning Home: One Woman’s Journey from Depression to Joyous Living using Body-Centered and Creative Approaches in Dance/Movement Therapy” (2015).

This video is part of ADTA Bundle Test

ADTA CE Hour: 1

NBCC CE Hour: 1

Course Materials

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