ARBN 633105736

Susan Kleinman

Susan Kleinman – Bio


Susan, MA, ADTR, NCC, is dance/movement therapist for residential and outpatient services at The Renfrew Center of Florida. She is a trustee of the Marian Chace Foundation, a past President of the American Dance Therapy Association and a past Chair of The National Coalition for Creative Arts Therapies. She is a co-editor of The Renfrew Center Foundation’s Healing Through Relationship Series, and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Creativity in Mental Health. She is a frequent presenter at national and international conferences.

Making the Most of Your Whole Self: Being an Embodied Therapist

Edition: 2008 Vol. 7 Nos. 3-4

mirror neurons, eating disorders, rhythmic synchrony, kinaesthetic awareness, kinaesthetic empathy, attunement

This article is adapted from ‘Becoming Whole Again: Dance/Movement Therapy For Those Who Suffer From Eating Disorders’, in The Art and Science of Dance/Movement Therapy: Life is Dance. Routledge: NY (in press).  The article was initially published by Eating Disorder Hope (EDH). See 

This article explores concepts of embodiment in the therapeutic relational space, and describes techniques emphasising how these concepts challenge therapists to expand their own boundaries, without losing their therapeutic balance. Techniques that emanate from concepts underlying dance/movement therapy, emphasising one’s inner experience are described with conceptual approaches and reference to clients’ experiencing of therapy. (pp 11-15)

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