Dance Movement Psychotherapy (DMP) is one of the creative arts therapies, along with Art, Music, and Drama. It is one of the youngest additions to this family; therefore it is still a pioneering profession. Dance Voice has played a key role in the development of this profession within the UK.
DMP is a recognized profession accessed through Masters training and is regulated by the professional body of the Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy (ADMP UK). www.admp.org.uk
DMP is ‘founded on the principle that movement reflects a person’s pattern of thinking and feeling’ (ADMPUK). Therefore it uses the medium of movement and dance to facilitate emotional, physical, social, mental and spiritual growth. As this form of psychotherapy uses the body as its main form of communication, it is an ideal form of therapy for those who find it difficult or are unable to express their thoughts and feelings verbally.
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 and balls can support the client’s expression of their conscious and unconscious processing.
Dance Movement Psychotherapy can be in the form of individual or group sessions, facilitated by a Registered Dance Movement Psychotherapist. Within these sessions, the relationship between therapist and client is paramount. It is this relationship that enables the therapeutic process to unfold.
Through the use of movement and dance our therapists work to support individuals to find their ‘voices’. 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.