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Renée Kurz, LPC, BC-DMT

Licensed Professional Counselor & Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist

Renée is a licensed professional counselor and registered dance/movement therapist. She received her master’s in dance/movement therapy and counseling from Drexel University, and her bachelor’s in dance performance from Missouri State University. She has experience with individual and group therapy for adults, teens, and children in a variety of settings, including schools, inpatient, outpatient and residential programs. Renée specializes in working with women with a history of trauma, substance abuse and other co-occurring issues. She also has a passion to support women and couples who are suffering from grief and trauma due to a pregnancy loss or perinatal death, and she is a published author on this topic in the American Journal of Dance Therapy.

Grounded in theory and traditional counseling models, Renée utilizes an improvisational and creative process that emphasizes the body-mind-spirit connection. She is passionate about helping individuals feel at home in their bodies and exploring a range of self-expressions to help clients experience purpose, hope and healing in their daily relational, cultural and spiritual lives. Renée’s work is informed by early childhood relational theories of attachment and bonding, as well as neuroscience and neurodevelopmental approaches. From a trauma-informed lens, she nurtures a safe and collaborative space through an attuned, compassionate presence. Her use of movement and body-based interventions are always an invitation and proposed with clinical intuition, and Renée integrates movement, music, play, and prayer only as it suits and as it is desired by the client.


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Change Through Compassion Teen WorkshopFebruary 25 - April 15

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