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Dance Movement Therapy

What is DMP?

Dance Movement Psychotherapy (DMP) recognises body movement as an implicit and expressive instrument of communication and expression. DMP is a relational process in which client/s and therapist engage in an empathic creative process using body movement and dance to assist integration of emotional, cognitive, physical, social and spiritual aspects of self. DMP is practiced as individual and group therapy in settings such as health, education, social services and in private practice.

Within a DMP session the therapist facilitates a creative process where the client can communicate and express to make sense of what they experiencing. This is through the process of using both verbal and non-verbal communication, exploring use of symbolism and metaphor. The integration of props such as music, fabrics, streamers and balls can support the client’s expression of their conscious and unconscious processing. We create a space that feels safe and supportive for our clients to express their emotions and work towards change, in a creative way through the body.

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Who Can access DMP?

Dance Movement Psychotherapist’s (DMPs) work with children and adults of all ages and abilities, and with people who experience a wide range of difficulties. For example, people may be experiencing mental or emotional distress or conflict, problems with communication or information processing, difficulties with body image, physical discomfort or movement restrictions. People may be struggling with the impact of trauma or having to deal with loss, transition or change in their lives or there may be relationship difficulties. People may be trying to deal with difficulties such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, psychoses, bereavement, post-traumatic stress, abuse, addiction, learning difficulties, sensory difficulties, physical disabilities, emotional/behavioural difficulties and autism. DMP can also support personal development by enhancing personal communication skills, self-exploration and self-understanding.

Benefits of DMP

  • increase in self-confidence and self-expression
  • develop tools with which to express or manage overwhelming feelings or thoughts
  • increase self-awareness, self-esteem and personal autonomy
  • development of trust within relationships
  • to test the impact of self on others in a safe and contained environment
  • encourages the finding of inner resources through contained creative movement play
  • develop communication skills and social interaction
  • an opportunity to increase and rehearse adaptive coping behaviours
  • to explore the relationship between inner and outer reality physical, emotional and cognitive shifts
  • to experience the links between actions, feelings and thoughts

Code of Practice

Wholeness Dance Therapy follow the ADMPUK ethics (2013) and the Person-Centred approach (Rogers, C. 1959)

  •         Create a safe environment emotionally and physically
  •         Provide a space without judgement
  •         Show equal respect to all clients
  •         Provide the freedom for true expression
  •         Show empathy to all clients
  •         Allow for creativity to emerge
  •         Provide a sense of mutuality
  •         Value every contribution

http://admp.org.uk/dance-movement-psychotherapy/code-of-professional-practice/

The Structure of a Session

  • A creative check-in

  • Warm-up

  • Main content of the session

  • A creative check-out

Creative Reflections

DMP incorporate all aspects of the creative arts within the process including art, music and drama. Reflections could include paintings, sculptures, pencil sketches, poetry, the sand box and prose.

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