Two women dancing dance contact improvisation

Dance Movement Psychotherapy (DMP)

 

DMP recognises body movement as an implicit and expressive instrument of communication and expression.  The intrinsic connection between mind and body is key to the work, which combines science and clinical knowledge with art and creative process.  Each session looks unique depending on the therapist, clients, and setting. 

 

During a session, the therapist may incorporate a variety of techniques and expressive modalities, as well as verbal psychotherapy methods, as she engages empathically with her clients in a relational creative process, guiding and intervening in ways that best meet the needs of the group and using body movement and dance to address key areas of function: emotional, cognitive, physical, social and spiritual (transpersonal).

 

The act of simply moving together in each other’s presence connects participants.  DMP provides the therapeutic space to increase their awareness of the mind-body connection and the power for them to make decisions about the direction of the experience.  This embodied approach to therapy serves many purposes, one of which is to increase the participants’ experience of embodiment which, it is hoped, they will take with them into their everyday lives.