Bonnie Bernstein, MFT, BC-DMT, REAT, is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Dance/Movement Therapist and Expressive Arts Therapist mentored by pioneer dance therapist Blanche Evan from 1970-82. For over 45 years she has worked primarily in in-depth, insight-oriented dance/movement/word therapy for the higher functioning client. She specializes in therapy for survivors of sexual trauma and has published in this area. Since 2008, she has facilitated month-long workshops for survivors of sex trafficking and psychosocial trauma in Kolkata, India. Her lifelong research is on the therapeutic use of dance in indigenous world cultures. She is an adjunct professor at JFK University and is Director of “Live Is Movement” Dance/Movement Therapy Institute: In The Methods Of Blanche Evan. Ms. Bernstein has a private practice in Palo Alto, CA


  • Movement Seminar
  • Dance/Movement Therapy: Theory and Practice

Selected Publications

Bernstein, B. (1995). Dancing beyond trauma. In F.Levy (Ed.), Dance & other expressive art therapies: When words are not enough, (pp. 41-58). N.Y.: Routledge Press.

Bernstein, B. (2013). Treating survivors of trauma in the global community. In Maller, D. and Fritchele, M. (Eds.), The Praeger Handbook of Community Mental Health (pp.109-126). California: Praeger Press.

Bernstein, B. (2009). From survivor to healers: Dance/movement therapy and expressive arts therapy in Kolkata India. In IEATA Newsletter Edition #1 of 2009, pp.4-7.

Bernstein, B. (2018). Dance/movement therapy with elders: Dance for health and healing. In Maller, D. and Langsam K. (Eds.), The Praeger Handbook of Community Mental Health, (pp. 86-92). California: Praeger Press.

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