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Mind, Body & Creative Arts Healing | Chronic Pain and Early Attachment: Dance/Movement Therapy Approaches to Healing (Cold Spring, NY)

  • Dancing Dialogue 26 Main Street Cold Spring, NY 10516 United States (map)

Chronic Pain and Early Attachment: Dance/Movement Therapy Approaches to Healing 

Saturday May 4, 2019, 12:00 pm- 1:00pm


Dancing Dialogue LCAT LMHC PLLC
26 Main Street
Cold Spring, NY 10516

Course Description:

Approximately 1 in 4 American adults have chronic pain.  Research shows the development of chronic pain is associated with “insecure” adult attachment styles, rooted in infancy/early childhood experiences with primary caregivers.  These early experiences – initially registered on a somatic, kinesthetic and sensorial level – shape how we make sense of the world, express our emotions and respond to threats throughout our lifetime.  Using case study interventions, nonverbal ways to explore the relationship between chronic pain and early relationship patterns through moment-to-moment movement explorations that metaphorically reveal old and new ways to engage with self and others will be explored.  

Course Objectives

  1. Describe 3 ways that early childhood experiences influence the development of self in general and in your own life. 

  2. Explain how your body-mind- emotions create a continuum that can be explored through supporting discovery and healing using 3 creative arts methods.

  3. Learn how to gain deep somatic insight into clients when moving with them and witnessing their affective and physical attunement during partnered movement explorations

About the Instructor

Suzi Tortora Ed.D, BC-DMT, LCAT, LMHCholds a doctorate from Columbia University and serves as consultant to the “Mothers, Infants and Young Children of September 11, 2001: A Primary Prevention Project” in the Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University under Dr. Beatrice Beebe. Dr Tortora has a dance/movement psychotherapy practice, in New York City and Cold Spring, New York. She is the manager of the Integrative Medicine Services Dréas Dream dance/movement therapy program for pediatric patients at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center since its inception in 2003. Dr. Tortora has published numerous papers about her therapeutic and nonverbal communication analysis work and her book, The Dancing Dialogue: Using the communicative power of movement with young children is used extensively in dance/movement therapy training programs. She has been featured on “Good Morning America”, “Eyewitness News” ABC –TV and Malcolm Gladwell’s book, What the Dog Saw. Dr. Tortora received the 2010 Marian Chace Distinguished Dance Therapist award from the National Dance Therapy Association. She holds a board position at NY Zero-to-Three Network. Dr. Tortora has international training programs in Europe, South America and Asia including faculty positions in The Netherlands, Czech Republic, Argentina and China; lectures; and offers international webinar-based training programs for dance/movement therapists and allied professionals.