Erica Hornthal, MA, LCPC, BC-DMT

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

Erica is passionate about spreading awareness about the field of dance/movement therapy and the mind body connection in general.  She is a contributor to as well as Thrive Global.  You can also find her on local Chicago TV, radio, and in many national publications.

Jennifer Bacani, MA, LCPC, 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 graduating, 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.