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“I’ve always believed that having a life you treat with respect and joy is the only honorable way to live.”

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Hello and welcome! I'm Caitlyn Gilmore, and I run Generations Dance Psychotherapy.
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While there's more to my work than what I can verbalize, here is a taste of what I offer.

What I Do

Simply put, I work with you to understand your current state. I will then sit with you (and/or your family) and help you sift through where you can shift unconscious reactions into conscious responses to increase feelings of a strong sense of self, interdependence, and connection to both self and others.

The lens through which I view your current state is intergenerational trauma, or the epigenetics theory that many previous generations' experiences influence our DNA and, therefore, our natural predispositions and reactions. Trauma is not always one singular, "big T trauma" event; it is often small, everyday "little t trauma" events that build and become complex and can affect many aspects of our mental models of the world and our relationships with others. To quote Resmaa Menakem, “Trauma decontextualized in a person looks like personality. Trauma decontextualized in a family looks like family traits. Trauma in a people looks like culture." (My Grandmother's Hands, 2017)

In the Generations Dance Group work, we are literally feeling a future generation dance (ie, roll, kick, and  hiccup!) inside of us. The way we feel about and respond to the babies we are growing can have an effect on their development – starting in week 14, a fetus can have physiological responses to our emotional states. For those of us who have babies with ovaries, we can even be affecting the development of our potential future grandchild(ren) – many of the eggs in these developing ovaries are created during gestation! As we transition into our pregnant bodies together (whether for the first time or again), I will support you in developing your own special dance with your baby and in creating bonds both within the group and within yourself.

How I Do It

I am a person who struggles with effective verbal communication. Case in point, in the editing of this section, my husband said to rephrase the previous sentence into "I struggle with effective verbal communication." I often talk a lot, yes, but much of what I say is filler as I try to find the words to convey a multidimensional sensation or experience. Words can be so hard! Dance is my primary form of communication.

Everything that I do is informed by my knowledge of and trust in the body. I believe that the body has wisdom and that is has its own innate capacity for creative expression and communication. Dance and movement therapy is my primary therapeutic modality of choice to help you both find your body's own creativity and connect with your body's intergenerational wisdom. I also feel that this modality enhances our therapeutic relationship to each other. Dance and movement drop us into a non-verbal state and connect us with memories from a time before we learned to speak, which can be pleasant and unpleasant. I feel the therapeutic work can be the most beneficial in this non-verbal, creative, highly relational, and often playful place, though there are many other helpful applications of this expressive and somatic-based modality that we can experiment with together.

Congruent with this approach is my person-centered nature. This means that I treat you as the expert on your experiences and will follow your lead as it pertains to your comfort level incorporating the various aspects of this modality into our work together. 

Education, Licensure, and Affiliations

MA - Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Dance/Movement Therapy, Lesley University

BA - Psychology and Dance Studies double major, University of Rochester

LMHCA License (Washington State): MHCA.MC.61185045

R-DMT credential

Active member of the national American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA) and the Washington State ADTA Chapter

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Outside of this practice

In my personal life, I am a wife, new mom, and pet parent to my dog Velcro and my cat Darcy. I love getting cozy with a book, chunky sweater, and warm latte on an overcast autumn day. I also still dance on a regular basis, both out with friends and in a studio.

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