Yes, dance therapy is a regular treatment in the Dutch psychiatry. Quite often, though, health care professionals, as well as the general public, still need to be informed what dance therapy is, how it helps certain physical/mental health problems, and why it works.
In the Netherlands, dance therapy – among other experience-based therapy (‘vaktherapie’ in Dutch) – is member of the professional federation, Federative Vaktherapeutische Beroepen. Our federation safeguards the quality and the positioning of the profession on the national level of the Dutch health care system.
The body of research has been showing growing evidence for the efficacy of dance movement therapy for improving quality of life, empathy enhancement, verbal abilities and reducing clinical symptoms of depression, anxiety, PTSD, autism, dementia. Have a look at a summary of research compiled by our dance therapy colleagues in the US.
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