Date of Award


Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

MS in Dance/Movement Therapy

First Advisor

Susan Orkand

Second Advisor

Elise Risher


This thesis explores the interplay between a sense of wholeness, environmental factors, inner conflict and injuries, and the transformative journey towards rediscovering one's sense of Self on a psyche somatic level. This paper delves into the significance of the Self as a central archetype in the human psyche: the totality of one's consciousness, encompassing both the conscious and unconscious aspects of an individual. By recognizing and confronting the unconscious aspects– of inner conflicts, polarities and perceptions– individuals can start to develop a healthier sense of self, based on self-acceptance and self-compassion. The interconnection between movement through dance/movement therapy values and self-acceptance is profound. Movement and inner-witnessing entails embracing the freedom to move without any judgment, enabling individuals to express their true selves through bodily motions. Within this practice of self-expression and exploration lies the potential for gaining profound insights into one's emotions and thoughts. As individuals learn to observe and embrace their movements without harsh criticism, they naturally foster a sense of self-acceptance that grows within them.