DMP is a non-invasive form of creative psychotherapy which can help people to express their own feelings and emotions without pressure or feelings of invasion. This can be done through the use of spontaneous movement, mirroring, use of props, use of music and other creative means: as well as looking at movement vocabulary. Aims of the therapy will be discussed prior to the sessions starting and will be a non-judgemental and confidential space. Group and one to one therapy sessions are available.
What to expect
from a typical session:
- verbal check in
- warming up the body
- introducing props and music to initiate movement
- creative reflection (sometimes the use of drawing/ art)
- verbal response
- ending reflection
Body scans, breathing techniques, aspects of mindfulness, opening and closing rituals and body mapping is also sometimes used depending on aims/goals for the therapy.
*remember this is your space, each session is personal, movement is not compulsory in all sessions and all other creative means can be brought into the space if required.
Dance Movement Psychotherapy is beneficial to all ages and abilities.
Benefits of DMP can include an increase in:
- development of tools with which to express or manage overwhelming feelings or thoughts
- personal autonomy/movement vocabulary
DMP encourages the finding of inner resources through contained creative movement. Physical, emotional and cognitive shifts can occur as DMP promotes the possibility to study and experience links between actions, feelings and thoughts.
Who is DMP for
All ages and abilities would benefit from Dance movement psychotherapy as well as: people who
- may be experiencing mental or emotional distress
- trouble communicating / expressing emotion
- difficulties with body image
- physical discomfort or movement restrictions /due to illness
- struggling with the impact of traumatic events
- dealing with loss
- experiencing social difficulties
- learning disabilities
- sensory issues
- physical disabilities
- behavioural problems
- disconnecting from feelings and emotions
- People who want to learn to manage their emotions appropriately
DMP can also support personal development by enhancing personal communication skills, self-exploration/ understanding emotional responses. If you are unsure if DMP is right for you please feel free to contact me with any questions.