Our bodies are our greatest tools.
However, social and cultural norms have caused us to focus on their aesthetic and physical value, leading us to tune out their emotional and instinctual powers. Erica Hornthal, founder and CEO of Chicago Dance Therapy, is fighting against that perception.
As a licensed talk therapist, Erica knows that words only get us so far. Whereas, if we’re willing to tap into its power, the body can take us the rest of the way as we process emotions and strengthen our mental health.
But this knowledge is not widely available. The Dance Therapy space is not one known for expert branding or outreach. But Erica, a professional status-quo challenger, certified in out-of-the-box thinking, is working to change that. On a micro-level, she makes real, everyday strides with clients through “movement prescriptions” that alleviate symptoms of diseases, from anxiety and depression to dementia.
On a macro-level, she educates people on the mind-body connection. Because for Erica, Dance Therapy is more than a job, or even a passion. It’s an opportunity for a mental health revolution, one that is currently being left on the table because people don’t realize the power they have.
Erica is spearheading this movement by moving you.Dance Therapy comes in, providing the structure and space for people to truly listen to their bodies. This practice isn’t about being a perfect dancer and it’s not just a way to let loose and have fun. It’s learning that movement is life — our movements influence our thoughts, which influence our behavior, which makes us who we are.
Are you ready to feel it?
Erica explains more about dance therapy.
Erica has a passion for educating and creating awareness on the power of movement for mental health. She is an advocate for the field of dance/movement therapy, a clinician in private practice, as well as a speaker and writer. As an established psychotherapist with a focus on body-centered interventions, Erica is truly the therapist that moves you.
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