Dance Movement Psychotherapy (DMP) is a creative arts therapy that uses movement to facilitate the mental, emotional, and physical integration of the individual. The use of creative movement in the therapeutic relationship helps clients to explore, understand, and express their inner states of being.
Central to the practice of Dance Movement Psychotherapy is the mindbody connection and the belief that motion and emotion are inter-connected. The ways in which we move and the movements that we create can offer us insights into ourselves and how we feel and relate to our wider world.
Through the work, clients are supported by the therapist to gain greater awareness and understanding of themselves and the challenges they encounter. They may also discover new ways of moving and being in the world.
What are DMP sessions like?
Although each session is unique and unfolds according to what the client arrives with, DMP sessions usually comprise of both verbal reflection and movement.
Movement props (e.g. scarves, balls) are provided and may be used to facilitate the creative movement process.Depending on the client’s needs, movement may explored in silence or with music.
Duration: 60 minutes
All sessions are by appointment only.
How is Dance Movement Psychotherapy different from dance classes?
Dance Movement Psychotherapy is a form of psychotherapy where movement is used as a tool to creatively explore and understand one’s mental and emotional states.
- In therapy, there are no right or wrong moves, and no dance technique to be learned. The focus is on the process rather than the performance. Free and spontaneous movement is encouraged and the client is supported to express what feels true.
- Movement may give rise to both pleasant and difficult thoughts and feelings. While dance classes may focus on the pleasure of dance, in therapy, the client is supported by the therapist to experience and reflect upon the whole range of emotions that may arise.
- Dance classes may aim to develop greater physical ability and skill, and usually require some level of physical exertion. In therapy, clients come with diverse physical abilities and engage in movement in ways that are most appropriate for them in the moment.
- Dance Movement Psychotherapists are bound by ethical codes of conduct and client confidentiality.
What you can expect in the 1st session:
- Fill up a short intake form.
- Discuss what has brought you to seek counselling/psychotherapy.
- Engage in active exploration of your needs.
- Share only details that you are comfortable with.
- Ask questions.
- Decide on the frequency of future sessions.
*All sessions are private and confidential.