Body Aware: Bringing the Body Into Mental Health | Mental Health Monday

Movement Therapist & ‘Body Aware’ Author, Erica Hornthal

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Monday, January 9, 2023 @ 11:00 am PST

Body Aware: Bringing the Body Into Mental Health | #MentalHealthMonday

Erica Hornthal invites us to rediscover our mind-body connection, stop feeling stuck, and improve our mental health through simple movement practices. Licensed clinical professional counselor, dance/movement therapist, author, advocate and practitioner, Erica will discuss her methodologies and techniques in regard to dance/movement as a healing modality. She believes dance/movement therapy is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on the mind-body connection – a particular awareness that puts the body in the driver’s seat rather than relying solely on the mind. Join Erica in redefining what movement is and how it plays a role in our lives. Harness the power of dance/movement in creating a more expansive life and experience “the wonder and sheer magic that unfolds when claiming space in this world by showing up in your body.”

  In this session of #MentalHealthMonday, Erica Hornthal will guide us to explore:
  • Redefining movement – what is movement? How do we move? With focus on movement rather than “exercising” – recognizing our own relationship with movement, expanding range and capacity and interpreting our body’s unique language
  • The benefits of movement for mental health – how moving more, is feeling more – how movement can shape interactions, relationships and behaviors by dispelling emotional blockages and creating space for more empathy and resilience 
  • Using movement to support mental health – healing ourselves through embodied movement/dance journeys, action-based and scientifically informed strategies to amplify the wellbeing of body, mind, emotions, & spirit

Join us LIVE for a Q & A session following the presentation.


Erica Hornthal, known as “The Therapist Who Moves You,” is changing the way people see movement with regard to mental health.  She holds a MA in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling from Columbia College Chicago and is a board-certified dance/movement therapist and licensed clinical professional counselor. Erica is the founder and CEO of Chicago Dance Therapy and the creator of the Dance Therapy Advocates Summit. She is also the author of the award-winning book Body Aware.


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