Barbara E Nordstrom-Loeb

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Theatre Arts and Dance
111 Barker Center

500 - 21st Ave South


Barbara Nordstrom-Loeb is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, board certified dance/movement therapist, Laban Movement Analyst and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. She is also a Somatic/Body Therapist and uses alternative healing modalities to address psychological, somatic, and spiritual transformation. She currently teaches at the University of Minnesota and Augsburg College. She has a private practice with individuals, families and couples specializing in attachment, trauma, depression, anxiety, identity and life transition issues. Her diversity expertise includes working with GLBTQ clients, women’s issues, and with a range of different nationalities, cultures and religious/spiritual practices. She is a member of the editorial board for the Laban Journal of Movement Studies and on the American Dance/Movement Therapy Association Alternate Route Course Approval Subcommittee. Most recently she received a Fulbright Scholar’s grant to teach and help develop dance/movement therapy programming at Tallinn University, in Tallinn Estonia, 2011. Barbara has worked as a Behavioral Therapist in area hospitals and has also developed Dance/Movement Therapy programs at long-term care facilities in Minnesota. As a college and university professor she has taught at the University of Minnesota, St. Olaf College, Lewis and Clark College, Reed College and Portland State (Oregon), Temple University (in Philadelphia) and the Lithuanian Performing Arts University in Vilnius, Lithuania. She has also co-lead students on study abroad programs in the Middle East (2000 & 2009) and Asia/South East Asia (2004-5). She is also involved in interfaith dialogues and healing related to racism, diversity, difference and peace-making.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Master of Fine Arts: Dance, Temple University , Philadelphia PA, 1985.
  • Master of Arts: Marriage and Family Therapy, St. Mary's University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, 2008.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Dance/Movement Therapy
  • Somatics
  • Laban Movement Analysis
  • Creativity
  • Creative and Expressive Movement Therapies
Courses Taught
  • Introduction to Dance/Movement Therapy
  • Introduction to Laban Movement Analysis
  • Introduction to Body and Movement-based Therapies (CSPH-graduate course)
  • Bodyworks: Inroduction to Somatic Studies
  • Creativity, Identity and Healing (Augsburg College)
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • American Dance Therapy Association : ALternate Route Course approval committee, Nominating committee , 2008 - on-going
  • Minnesota Creative Arts Therapists Associaation: chair and co-founder , 2006 - on-going


  • Jewish Community Action: Anti-Racism Leadership Team, 2005 - 2007


  • L'An: Six Characters in Search of Israel's Future: play, 1994 - 1996
  • Larson, K, Webb, B. (1999). "I like this group because it comes from the heart" Programming with Dance/Movement Therapy and Music Therapy in Long Term Care Facilities. Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Foundation.