Dance/Movement Therapy

Dance/movement therapy uses movement to enhance the physical, emotional, social, and cognitive integration of individuals of all ages and abilities. In a pediatric medical setting, Dance/movement therapy functions as a support intervention that compliments conventional medical treatment. Dance/movement therapy is more about the movement than it is about dancing, and you don’t need to be a dancer to participate in or enjoy dance/movement therapy

Dance/movement therapists are master’s-level clinicians who are trained in the use of movement interventions to facilitate emotional and physical expression and healing with individuals, families, and groups.

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Therapy Goals

In the pediatric medical setting, Dance/Movement therapy can be used by patients and their families to:

  • Facilitate emotional expression through movement
  • Provide opportunities for choice and control 
  • Facilitate and support positive coping through use of the body
  • Increase self-awareness through integration of the mind and body
  • Help patients build/re-build a positive relationship with their body

Meet Our Dance/Movement Therapists

Sara Schmidt, MA, R-DMT

Sara is a registered dance/movement therapist with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, a Master’s Degree in Education, and a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling: Dance/movement therapy. Sara is the first dance/movement therapist at Primary Children’s Hospital and started the program in June 2019. Sara’s work includes sessions with individuals and families at the main hospital and facilitating dance/movement groups at Primary Children’s Wasatch Canyon’s Behavioral Health Campus. Sara is passionate about helping individuals and families find hope, joy, and healing through movement.

Tawna Halbert, MA, R-DMT

Tawna is a registered Dance/Movement therapist with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance Education, a license in Secondary Education, and a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling: Dance/Movement Therapy. She is also a registered yoga teacher. Tawna joined the team at Primary Children’s Hospital in December 2020. Tawna works with individuals and families in all inpatient units. She integrates creative movement, breathing, and yoga, helping individuals and families to feel centered and grounded in their healing journey.