Mrs. Dahlia Nissa Rifkin, LPC, BC-DMT
Preferred Name: Dahlia
Hi, I’m Dahlia! I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor and Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist specializing in helping children, teens, families, and couples dealing with anxiety, depression, trauma, and family conflict. I’m trained in Eco-Systemic Family Therapy and use a trauma-informed approach that addresses collective and generational trauma within the family. I’m also EMDR trained and working toward my certification. My interventions include reframing unhealthy narratives, physical movement techniques, breathing, mindfulness activities, and other creative interventions. I focus on strengths to help clients boost their confidence and empower individuals and families to establish better ways of communicating and interacting. I am an expert in helping families navigate pandemic stress. My book, Rebuilding Hope Through Movement, explores creative interventions for children and communities who have experienced community disasters. My style is warm, open, fun, creative, strength-based and non-judgmental. I believe in working collaboratively to accomplish goals and move your family forward. When I’m not in sessions, I enjoy traveling, teaching Zumba, listening to broadway music, and chasing my toddler around
Education & Experience
I received my masters degree in counseling and dance/movement therapy from Drexel University in 2012. Since I graduated, I have worked in a variety of settings including a partial hospital program, residential treatment center, elementary school, an intensive in home family-based program and now a private practice. Throughout the years, I worked with children, teens, parents, couples, young adults and families. I specialize in anxiety, depression, trauma, and family conflict and use creative movement interventions along with EMDR, mindfulness and talk therapy.
Professional & Volunteer Affiliations
I’m a faculty member at the Ferentz Institute, where I lead workshops on creative movement interventions for families who have experienced trauma. I have presented at the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, the Expressive Therapies Summit, and the American Dance/Movement Therapy Conference.
- Anxiety/Panic Attacks
- Family Issues
- Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Somatic Issues
- Adolescents (13-17)
- Children (4-12)
- Sliding Scale