Raised hiking and fishing in Montana, I developed an early appreciation for the inherent therapeutic value of nature and movement. I studied classical ballet through high school, but never imagined my passions for dance, creativity and helping others would come together so fluidly later on in life. I received my Bachelor's in Psychology from The University of Montana and Master's in Expressive Therapy: Dance/Movement Therapy (DMT) from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. I was fortunate enough to be able to return to Montana in 2015 and currently reside in Whitefish, a ski resort town in North West Montana.
Dance/Movement Therapy (DMT) is defined as the psychotherapeutic use of movement to further the cognitive, emotional, social and physical integration of the individual. It is a dynamic form of therapy utilizing the wisdom of the body to help heal the individual. Though not very well known, DMT is similar to other expressive therapies like art and music in that it assists clients in disrupting the negative dialogue that often traps them in dysfunctional patterns of behavior.
Verbal communication is preceded by movement. Before we are able to articulate what we need through language, we learn to interact with our world and ourselves using our bodies. Tapping into that preverbal knowledge allows the individual to get out of their head and in touch with a deeper part of themselves. DMT assists clients in developing an awareness of their movement patterns and how they interact with their environment, and themselves, as a catalyst for change.
My therapeutic style is compassionate and nonjudgmental but also direct. Getting in touch with your body and learning the movement patterns you use to interact with your environment is paramount so expect to get up and get moving whether we are on the phone or communicating through email. If you have any other questions about Movement Therapy please don't hesitate to ask!
- Stress, Anxiety
- Family conflicts
- Parenting issues
I also have experience in Addictions, LGBT, Relationship issues, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Eating disorders, Self esteem
LCPC #BBH-LCPC-LIC-29160 (Expires: 2019-12-31)
Ayme is so great. She deciphers everything I type out in my lengthy paragraphs and makes sure to hit every topic I talk about and either ask more questions to understand me better, or take the information and give me helpful advice to understand my feelings and reactions and how to process it differently. I’m really thankful for her guidance and the way she approaches everything we talk about.