“Dance Movement Psychotherapy (DMP) is a relational process in which client/s and therapist engage creatively using body movement and dance to assist integration of emotional, cognitive, physical, social and spiritual aspects of self.” (ADMP UK)
What is Dance Movement Therapy?
In Dance Movement Therapy:
- Body and Mind interact, so that a change in movement can affect and restore the whole person.
- Non-verbal and verbal elements are important in the therapeutic relationship, it can help to express feelings that are difficult to put into words.
- Behaviour can be contained, regulated and balanced by working through the body, with movement qualities like rhythm, phrasing and interaction
- Movement improvisation allows each person to experiment with new ways of being.
- Creativity and imagination is encouraged and can be transferred to resolve other life situations
- We can understand what the body wants to communicate.
- A healthy self awareness, confidence and self esteem can be supported
- Self destructive behaviour can be reduced
- Developmental integration can be encouraged to improve relationships and concentration
Dance and Movement Therapy can be applied in all areas of education, school settings, staff support, mental health and well-being, All ages.
As dance movement psychotherapist I have been working in adult mental health, with male offenders, in Youth mental health (CAMHS) and schools. Staff support. In small groups and one to one work.
My experience involves trauma related issues, abuse, suicidal tendencies, self harming, eating disorders, autism in boys and girls, family work, personality disorders, special educational needs.
What I can offer: dance movement therapy as part of your school team, college, hospital or other education or health environment that embraces arts therapy interventions.