Do you long to feel more comfortable in your own skin and nurture your unique abilities and potential? I invite you to relax and find confidence in who you are and to help you find courage to explore and express yourself. Find your way back to your true nature and observe balance unfolding in your life.
What is Movement Psychotherapy? Movement Psychotherapy is one of the creative arts psychotherapies. It focuses on acknowledging the body as well as the mind in the therapy session and in your journey to healing. Movement and dance are seen as the creative form of expression in this approach.
Do clients need to move or dance in a session? No they do not have to. Sometimes I leave the word 'Dance' out of Dance Movement Psychotherapy (DMP), as it fills some people with the fear that they need to be able to dance or move a lot in order to access this form of therapy. That is not the case at all. No formal dance training or dance 'ability' or move'ability' is needed at all. Many of my sessions do not involve dance as people imagine it, but you could argue that any kind of communication or exchange that occurs between two or more people could be seen as a dance. Once I've established this it feels more comfortable for people to say dance movement psychotherapy.
Can non-verbal clients access this form of therapy? Yes, non-verbal clients are welcome, as are those who speak a different language. there is no need for the ability to speak, or speak in the same language, or for any spoken words to be exchanged. Often there is no need for spoken words to be exchanged in a session and sessions can sometimes unfold with no verbal communication at all.
What makes this approach so special? Movement Psychotherapy takes into consideration the dance of communication, of being with someone in body, mind and spirit. Alongside the opportunity for talking, it offers you the opportunity to engage in a creative process (which could include movement and dance) that enhances communication and furthers the integration of the cognitive, physical, emotional, social and spiritual self *.
How is it similar to other forms of psychotherapy? Like other psychotherapies DMP is informed by contemporary psychological theories and therapeutic practices. Sessions are confidential in nature and we draw up a contract together that suits your needs and ensures that your safety and well-being is upheld. As a psychotherapist I have had extensive training, been for my own personal therapy and continue to attend supervision and CPD and am bound by the ethical guidelines of the ADMP (Association for Dance and Movement Psychotherapy UK) and the UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapists) * ADMP UK, definition of DMP