Therapy That Moves You
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Our Staff 

Erica Hornthal, MA, LCPC, BC-DMT
Founder/CEO

Erica Hornthal is a licensed professional clinical counselor and board certified dance/movement therapist. She received her MA in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling from Columbia College Chicago and her BS in psychology from University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. 


Erica is the founder and president of North Shore Dance Therapy, Inc., a psychotherapy practice founded in 2011.  As a psychotherapist in private practice, Erica specializes in working with adults and older adults.  She has worked with and presented on individuals affected by movement and cognitive disorders. 


While Erica has worked primarily with individuals who are diagnosed with dementia and movement disorders, she also sees many individuals who are looking for a more holistic approach to dealing with anxiety, trauma, depression, and grief. 


Erica is passionate about finding ways to help individuals age well by emphasizing the mind-body connection to enable growth and healing. 


Hannah Bailey MA, LPC, R-DMT, RYT-200


Hannah Bailey is a licensed professional counselor (LPC),  registered dance/movement therapist (R-DMT), and a registered yoga teacher (RYT-200) through Yoga Alliance. She received her MA in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling from Columbia College Chicago and her BA in Experimental Psychology and Dance Performance and Choreography from the University of South Carolina.

Hannah completed her internship at AMITA's Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital where she worked with all ages from children to geriatrics with various mental health diagnoses. 

After her internship, she was hired and has since specialized in working with adolescents dealing with school anxiety/school refusal, eating disorder patients of all ages, and adults primarily diagnosed with anxiety and depression.

Hannah hopes to help others find their own mind-body connection in order to feel whole. Movement speaks, some just need guiding and illumination to feel and see it for themselves.

Jennifer Bacani, MA, LPC, R-DMT


Jennifer received her MA in Dance/Movement Therapy & Counseling from Columbia College Chicago in 2009 and her BA in Psychology from William Tyndale College in 2004.  Jennifer completed a dance/movement therapy internship with Heartland Alliance’s psychosocial rehabilitation program, facilitating therapeutic groups for adults with a history of homelessness, substance use and mental illness.  She then completed an internship at Children’s Home + Aid’s Rice Child and Family Center where she conducted both group and individual therapy sessions for children between the ages of 5 and 18, who were dealing with emotional and behavioral difficulties.  Since then, Jennifer has worked with preschool aged children as a therapeutic movement specialist as well as conducted training sessions for preschool teachers about the use of dance in the classroom.  She has also worked with older adults diagnosed with dementia.  Jennifer utilizes an existential humanistic approach in therapy.  She engages with her clients of all ages and encourages creativity and self-expression with the intention of improving mindfulness as well as body awareness.  
Julie Brannen, MA, LPC, R-DMT, GLCMA


Julie Brannen is an artist, teacher, and healer based in Chicago, IL. Her lifelong journey with movement has brought her experiences within creative, performative, and counseling practices. She graduated with an MA in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling as well as Graduate Laban Certificate in Movement Analysis from Columbia College Chicago in 2013. As a healer, for over 2 years she practiced as a dance/movement therapist and mood/anxiety specialist at Timberline Knolls, a residential treatment center for women and girls recovering from eating disorders, addiction, and trauma. Currently, she works as a Health Promotion and Wellness Specialist at DePaul University, teaches adaptive dance classes for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, trains character development and embodiment for actors studying and performing with iO, Chemically Imbalanced Comedy, and The Den Theatre, coaches an improvisational acting team, Sad Luchador, facilitates healing as a light worker at Sat Nam Yoga Chicago, as well as dances with a modern based company, Salty Lark Dance. Julie is thrilled to join the Chicago Dance Therapy team and build her private practice as a dance/movement therapist. She believes whole-heartedly in the wisdom of the body / power of movement to transform and heal; aligning with her passions, curiosities, and strengths, guiding her journey, and creating meaning in her life.