Collegiate Affiliation

Barbara Nordstrom-Loeb MA, MFA, BC-DMT, LMFT, CMA, PWAssoc, SEP, Ways of Seeing Practitioner, is passionate about the diverse and multicultural ways that embodied expression and creativity promote healing and transformation. She teaches at the University of Minnesota, directs and teaches alternate route dance/movement therapy courses in Minnesota and has a private practice specializing in identity, life transitions, and developmental/complex trauma. Internationally, she has taught dance/movement therapy in Vilnius, Lithuania (1997); developed programming and taught DMT at Tallinn University in Estonia as a Fulbright Scholar (2011), led DMT workshops in Latvia and Finland; and has led DMT workshops in Seoul, S. Korea. She currently teaches in China and Hong Kong through the Inspirees Institute of Creative Arts Therapy (2014-present) and at Hong Kong University (2019-present). She also has extensive diversity expertise and multicultural experience. She has also been involved in multiple interfaith dialogues and healing related to racism, diversity, difference and peace-making.

In the USA, she has shared her excitement about DMT through workshops, classes and professional conference presentations. She was also invited to be a keynote speaker at the 2016 “Moving Circle: Dance and Movement Therapy Conference” in Hong Kong, where she was a keynote speaker and workshop presenter on using dance movement therapy with patients with dementia.

She was chair of the ADTA Project 2016-Alternate Route Working Group (2013) to assess and strengthen alternate route training. This led to the creation of the Alternate Route Educators Subcommittee (ARES), of which she is currently the out-going chair. She has also been a team leader on the Subcommittee for the Approval of Alternate Route Courses (SAARC) (2011-2014), and also received the ADTA’s Outstanding Educator award in 2017. Currently she is a member of the Dance/Movement Therapy Credentials Board as the Compliance Coordinator for Continuing Education and Ethics complaints.

Barbara has published on DMT and somatic trauma approaches to working with people diagnosed with Eating Disorders, integrating DMT programming within long term care facilities, and the development of DMT in Estonia.

Educational Background & Specialties
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Educational Background

  • Master of Fine Arts: Dance, Temple University, 1985 -
  • Master of Arts: Marriage and Family Therapy, St. Mary's University of Minnesota, 2008 -
  • BA in Studio Art ; Mt. Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA 1972: ,


  • Dance/Movement Therapy/Embodied Healing
  • Somatic Studies
  • Laban Movement Analysis/Movement Observation
  • Creativity
  • Creative and Expressive Movement Therapies
  • Non-verbal Multicultural Diversity