Annabelle F. Coote
MA, LMHC, BC-DMT
Two of my greatest childhood joys were playing outside in nature and dancing, dancing, dancing. Absorbed in these activities, I felt alive and vibrant. Things were right in my world, and I had a sense of timelessness and being fully engaged in the moment. Of course, I didn’t think about it with those words as a child, but that is how I have since come to understand what I felt then.
The sense of vitality and presence that I experience in those and other pursuits that I have developed over time has provided refuge in difficult times and brought me back to myself time and time again. They are qualities that I hope to help my clients cultivate in their own lives, and they are at the heart of my approach to therapy.
In a way, you might say I stumbled upon the profession of therapy quite by accident. I have always had diverse interests; while dance continued to be a serious pursuit, my love of nature and fascination with how things work led me to a degree in biology. The field of dance/movement therapy (DMT) grabbed my attention shortly before graduating as an undergraduate as a possible option for combining my love of dance and my interest in helping people. I went on to earn my MA in DMT and counseling psychology.
Since that time, I have continued to expand my knowledge and expertise in experiential and integrative approaches to therapy. I am intrigued by neuroscience, especially interpersonal neurobiology, mindfulness, somatic psychology, connections between physiology and psychology, and creativity and the arts in therapy.
Developing my Work
Having worked with adults and adolescents in residential, outpatient and college settings, and holding clinical roles ranging from staff therapist to clinical director, I was excited to form my own private practice, Movement Matters, Integrative Psychotherapy . I am particularly drawn to working with women who feel restricted in their ability to be authentically themselves and who have barriers to moving with ease through their lives, and who know they are ready to work on growth and transformation.
In addition to working with clients, I love supporting therapists to rekindle their inspiration and nurture their vitality as professionals. I do this through supervision and consultation, presenting workshops, teaching, and involvement and service in professional organizations. I am happy to share my work as the author of “Returning Home: One Woman’s Journey from Depression to Joyous Living Using Body-Centered and Creative Approaches in Dance/Movement Therapy,” a chapter in The Use of the Creative Therapies in Treating Depression (2015). [I see this has a hyperlink to the interview on my current website – would it make sense to link it through on the new website to the interview?]
I still love being in nature, and I still love dancing. And I’m very happy to share these joys with my husband, two children, and our dog Indy in the beauty of the Berkshires of Massachusetts.
- BA: Biology, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, MA
- MA: Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling Psychology, Antioch University, New England
- LMHC: Licensed Mental Health Counselor (MA)
- LCMHC: Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (VT)
- BC-DMT: Registered Dance/Movement Therapist
- NCC: National Certified Counselor
- Level II Training, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
- Certified Social Justice Mediator