Dance Movement Psychotherapy is a form of therapy that bridges body and mind and uses both words and movement to enable more authentic communication. It is the psycho-therapeutic use of movement to promote emotional, social, cognitive and physical integration of the person and is focused on movement behaviour as it emerges in the therapeutic relationship.
This work is great for children and adults with additional learning needs and behaviour that challenges. Creative movement improvisations and unconscious free association movement are fundamental to this process. By creating motor and sensory impulses which are the stuff of 'play' the person is able to begin to link and build strong and positive connections, communicate and be understood.
Symbolic play is what helps the baby to make sense of the world and connections through to language. It is like a first stepping stone into development, understanding language and from which the next step comes! (This is very simplified). Without this the baby does not have a chance to connect events / objects / shapes / colours etc. Thus they grow up unable to form healthy relationships.
- Focused on movement behaviour as it emerges in the therapeutic relationship.
- Expressive, communicative, and adaptive behaviours are all considered for group and individual treatment. Body movement, as the core component of dance, simultaneously provides the means of assessment and the mode of intervention
- Integrating body and mind and spirit
- Practised in mental health, rehabilitation, medical, educational and forensic settings, and in nursing homes, day care centres, disease prevention, health promotion programmes and in private practice.
- Effective for individuals with developmental, medical, social, physical and psychological impairments.
- Used with people of all ages, races and ethnic backgrounds in individual, couples, family and group therapy formats.
So whilst I work to address specific goals in order to facilitate therapeutic change like the development of positive and kind social interactions or skills or the development of emotional expression alongside this and really more importantly is the work with the first affective link, in the present moment and grow from there.
The cost for an individual hour long session is: £40 / for students £35 and for children and pensioners £25