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Chicago Dance Therapy is a psychotherapy practice nestled in Chicago’s North Shore. We service Chicago, Northbrook, Deerfield, Highland Park, Glenview, Evanston, and the surrounding suburbs. We offer counseling with a body-centered approach focused on connecting mind, body, and spirit.


In dance/movement therapy, movement is the therapeutic tool used to process feelings and emotions. The client is encouraged to experience, observe, and process behaviors and thoughts through body sensations, non-verbal communication, and body language. We use the body to recharge, refocus, and even re-pattern the mind.


We use the body to assess, observe, and intervene in the therapeutic relationship. When words alone may not be expressing what someone is experiencing, dance/movement therapy can help to validate and support each individual.


This holistic alternative to traditional talk therapy is a wonderful way to treat mind, body, and spirit. Using movement we can connect to our subconscious, enhance our awareness, and learn to be more present.

Why choose Chicago Dance Therapy?

  • If you have reached a plateau in traditional talk therapy and are looking to deepen your growth.
  • Your emotional and behavioral health is perpetuated by a lack of body awareness.
  • You or your loved do not have access to verbal communication due to a cognitive or neurological condition, traumatic brain injury, intellectual or development difference.

“Just because someone cannot speak, doesn’t mean you do not have anything to say.”- Founder, Erica Hornthal


We provide individual, family, group, and couples counseling. We use a combination of body psychotherapy and traditional talk therapy to address a myriad of issues including, but not limited to, anxiety, depression, trauma, eating disorders, PTSD, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, sensory processing disorders, and Autism. It is our belief that all experiences, good or bad, are held in the body and thus need to be addressed within the therapeutic relationship.

Dance/Movement Therapy


Community Programs

Clinical Supervision

Community Groups

Our Amazing Team

Erica Hornthal



Jennifer Bacani



Jessica Knochel



Elise Larsen




  • C.W. (client's son)

    "The therapy has a direct impact on my mother's level of involvement and expression. She's developing new neural pathways to have the ability to speak, and she travels freely in the city...She's all over the place and it's amazing."

  • Life Enrichment Coordinator of Presbyterian Homes

    "During your sessions they [residents] are more alert and happy...it's like the sadness or confusion floats away and they are dancing away at a place where they are safe and joyful."

  • Sheryl Weissman

    "Erica, your presentation was one of the most meaningful that I have ever heard on the subject of dementia. I am going to share this with...family and friends. Duplicating your delivery will be difficult, but the impact of this piece is incredibly powerful. Thanks again for sharing and for your insight and compassion for patients and families going on this rough ride."

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Call today for a free phone consultation; (847) 848-0697 or email us at info@chicagodancetherapy.com

We see individuals by appointment at 310 Happ Rd, Suite 205A Northfield, IL 60093.