Author - Erica Hornthal


Erica Hornthal is a licensed professional clinical counselor and board certified dance/movement therapist. She received her MA in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling from Columbia College Chicago and her BS in psychology from University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. Erica is the founder and CEO of Chicago Dance Therapy. Dance/movement therapy concentrates on the mind-body connection and that we all have an innate need to express. As a psychotherapist in private practice, Erica utilizes a somatic approach to engage clients of all ages in talk therapy. Her work has been highlighted in the Chicago Tribune as well as on WCIU, WGN and Good Day Chicago.

This summer, let your child be bored

Do you find yourself already planning your child’s summer? Are you anxious at the thought of hearing those three words, “Mom, I’m bored!”? Do you feel like your child has to be busy and engaged in social activities all the time otherwise they get into trouble or display negative behaviors?

Believe it or not, boredom is beneficial. In a day and age where we are accustomed to little wait time, instant gratification, and constant visual entertainment, it is no wonder that our children do ...

Posted on May 28, 2019 at 11:53 AM by Erica Hornthal

5 ways movement helps your child grow |


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As a dance/movement therapist and founder and CEO of Chicago Dance Therapy, I have seen the benefits of movement in children's growth and development firsthand. Here are five ways movement is not only beneficial, but necessary for kids, especially those with developmental differences. 



Secure attachments are developing the moment our children are born and perhaps even before ...

Posted on March 07, 2016 at 9:21 AM by Erica Hornthal