Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Art in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling (MA)


Creative Arts Therapies

First Advisor

Imus, Susan

Second Advisor

Downey, Laura

Third Advisor

Rothwell, Kim


dance/movement therapy, holism, phenomenology, study, interviews, mind, body, spirit.


The purpose of this research was to explore the phenomenon of holism and its meaning to the field of dance/movement therapy (DMT.) This research focused specifically on the meaning of holism for dance/movement therapy because holistic is a word that is used to describe a variety of interventions in a variety of fields and contexts, and it can be interpreted in many different ways. In this phenomenological qualitative study, data was collected through interviews with dance/movement therapists, who identified themselves as taking a holistic approach to their work. From the data, themes were identified, which revealed how dance/movement therapists perceive holism and what they experienced as a result of taking a holistic approach with clients. The phenomenon of holism was found to be a process that is innate to DMT, includes the integration of body/mind/spirit within contextual factors, and manifests in unique ways with clients. The Reorganizational Healing paradigm of health and wellbeing appears to align with dance/movement therapy theory and practice. 103 pages.

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