annabelle coote


Annabelle began her professional career long before the age of four with a love of dancing and creative exploration that became the foundation for her life’s work.

With countless hours of dancing in the living room, training in dance studios, and performing in a myriad of venues, she wound her way through college as a biology major before discovering the field of dance/movement therapy (DMT). Beginning with a master’s degree in DMT and counseling psychology, she embarked upon the journey of becoming a creative and body-centered therapist.

Working as a therapist over the last 20 years, Annabelle has had the chance to develop a sense of what energizes her as a therapist. She is intrigued with the connections between the brain and the body and developments in neuroscience, especially interpersonal neurobiology (it brings out the biologist in her). She loves helping both clients and therapists harness the power of the creative process and the arts to deepen, enrich and transform life experiences.

Having worked with adults and adolescents in residential, outpatient and college settings, and holding clinical roles ranging from staff therapist to clinical director, she now offers creative, body-centered therapy along with supervision and consultation in her private practice, Movement Matters.

She specializes in working with adult and young women, particularly on issues of life transitions, self and body-image, trauma, substance abuse, and pregnancy, postpartum and motherhood. In her supervision and consultation work, she is excited to help therapists feel a greater sense of connection and get the support they need to do work they love.

Annabelle holds an MA in dance/movement therapy and counseling psychology from Antioch University New England and is a licensed mental health counselor, a board certified dance/movement therapist, a certified drug and alcohol abuse counselor and a national certified counselor. She is in training as a sensorimotor psychotherapist.

Annabelle presents regularly at regional and national conferences.  She is the chair of the   American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA) Continuing Education Subcommittee and serves on the ADTA Standards and Ethics Committee.   She is 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).

Long ago Annabelle traded in her pointe shoes and her dreams of dancing with Baryshnikov and now loves to dance barefoot with her amazing children, and when they can coax him in, her fantastic husband in their home in the Berkshires of Western MA.

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