Erica Hornthal, known as "The Therapist Who Moves You" is a board-certified dance/movement therapist and licensed clinical professional counselor. She is the founder and CEO of Chicago Dance Therapy and creator of the Dance Therapy Advocates Summit.
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.
Erica is spearheading this movement by moving you. Dance/Movement 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.
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.
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.
Are you ready to harness your power?
Individual, couples, and family counseling with a person-centered approach.
Movement-based psychotherapy for individuals and groups.
Available for counselors and dance therapists in need of supervised hours.
310 Happ Rd. Suite 205A
Northfield, IL 60093
Tel: (847) 848-0697