A dance therapist may facilitate a therapeutic dance session, but the other way around isn’t necessarily true. Being a therapeutic/conscious dance facilitator doesn't qualify one to work as a dance therapist. This is because therapeutic dance generally doesn't have a clinical focus whereas dance therapy is a clinical practice that relies on the relationship between client and therapist.
Dance therapy works both with individuals or groups, and requires a formal intake procedure. In contrast, therapeutic dance works primarily with groups, such as a drop-in group that requires a less formal intake process. Further, in dance therapy, using observational skills and intervention tools, the therapist helps the client resolve emotions, whereas in therapeutic dance, feelings are processed by the individual on an internal level.