Dance Movement Psychotherapy
What is Dance Movement Psychotherapy?
Dance Movement Psychotherapy (DMP) recognizes body movement as an implicit instrument of communication and expression. DMP is a relational process in which client(s) and therapist engage creatively using body movement and dance, as well as verbal and non-verbal reflection.
Dance Movement Psychotherapists offer embodied interventions that take into account the client’s lived experience in the context of the social system they live in, how they experience living in their body and relationship to their body, how they think about themselves and their relationships, as well as emotional responses that may be hard to put into words. Each Dance Movement Psychotherapist’s approach will be individual and underpinned by their own education and philosophical stance, but at the heart of this is the intrinsic belief in the inter-relationship between spirit, soul, and body.
When used in a psychotherapeutic context, dance movement is utilized for a range of neurological, psychological, relationship, and social problems. It also provides opportunities for people who wish to develop their own creative potential.
DMP can benefit everyone:
ALL AGES AND ABILITIES. NO DANCE EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED.
-people experiencing mental or emotional distress or conflict,-problems with communication or information processing,
-difficulties with body image, physical discomfort or movement restrictions.
-trauma loss, transition or change in their lives
-emotional/behavioural difficulties and
-enhancing personal communication skills, self-exploration, and self-understanding.
-And so much more…
Dance Movement Psychotherapists work in a variety of settings within the public, private, and voluntary sectors. including health, education and social services. DMP may be recommended as a primary service or as a complement to other forms of on-going treatment, rehabilitation, or education. Therapy can be short-term or long-term therapy.