"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."
Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy UK, 2013
Dance Movement Psychotherapy is part of the wider Creative Arts Therapy family.
As a Dance Movement Psychotherapist I aim to create and hold a safe space, so that we are able to work together, so that you can work through past and/or current traumas and events, which may be causing you emotional pain. You may however, choose to use these sessions to discover more about yourself.
In these creative therapy sessions, you are invited to work with dance and movement, as well as art making, play and talking, to help find alternative way to express, communicate and reflect on your own personal journeys and experiences.
These sessions will see you be guided and supported to move in the space in a way that will support and nurture your mental and physical wellbeing. Whilst being an opportunity for you to find ways of reconnecting with, and shaping a new relationship with your body and self.
Dance Movement Psychotherapy recognises the whole person, that our body and mind are connected; that what is experienced in one, will also be held and experienced in the other.
You do not need to be a dancer or artist to find Dance Movement Psychotherapy sessions beneficial.
Sessions vary from person to person. However a session will normally begin with a guided warm up; this is so you can bring your attention into the space and back to your body, noticing any physical feelings and sensations.
You will then be invited to have a verbal check in, where you have time and space to talk about your feelings and thoughts that have come up for you.
From here you will have space to use the session in a way that best supports you. There is no right or wrong.
You may choose to move and dance in this time. This may be alone, with me witnessing your movement, or we might move together. Alternatively you may wish to stay seated and talk or use another art form to creatively express yourself.
By using movement, it is hoped you will be able to explore and unpack your thoughts, feeling and struggles, whilst gaining a new perspective and insight into your experiences.
The session will typically end with a verbal check out and, guided cool down, much in the same way as the session started.
I am currently able to offer Dance Movement Psychotherapy sessions through The Owl Centre, to children and young people throughout South Wales. If you would like to talk with me about potential sessions or to book an initial assessment, then please fill in the contact form below.
Emma trained at Roehampton University, where she was awarded a Master’s degree in Dance Movement Psychotherapy (DMP), and is registered with The Association of Dance Movement Psychotherapy (ADMP UK) and the Association of Holistic and Complimentary Practitioners (AHCP).