What is Dance Movement Psychotherapy (DMP)
DMP is one of the Creative Arts Therapies and established form of psychotherapy.
DMP works on the principle of the body mind connection, how we feel emotionally affects us physically and vise versa. It is a holistic and embodied approach to therapy, that provides a creative non-judgmental space for verbal and non-verbal expression. Permission is present for the expression and exploration of all emotions, therefor the creative possibilities are endless. Music and props such as materials, balls, ribbons, drums etc are used to allow for symbolic meaning and encourage a full range of movement qualities and energy.
In an age where it is easy to disconnect from our bodies and live in our heads the process of the DMP session provides opportunity to reconnect. Therefor begin to gain a sense of self, based on body awareness and an authentic expression of self.
DMP unlike more verbal therapies works to heal and transform on a physical, emotional, psychological, cognitive and spiritual level. Therefor making for long term and life long well-being.
Who is DMP for & what are the Benefits
DMP works particularly well for people of all ages experiencing
- Mental ill health
- Anxiety and stress
- Depression and low mood
- Post natal depression
- Eating disorders
- Acquired brain injury
- Change or loss
- Learning disabilities and/or additional needs
- Life limiting illness
What are the benefits of DMP
- Body mind integration
- Positive & healthy connections internal & external
- Positive boundaries
- Emerging sense of self
- Developing self-confidence
- Connecting with ones true self
- Mental & physical well-being and health management
- Social integration
- Sense of belonging
- Accessing creativity
- Developing transferable skills for self care
What Does a DMP Session look like
Sessions are usually a minimum of an hour and take place weekly. The period of time DMP sessions run for depends on your needs; this is a shared experience so we will reflect on your process together. However as the therapy is depended on the therapeutic relationship a minimum of 12 sessions is recommended.
The start of the session provides a chance to check-in with your feelings and to begin warming-up; (this will look different dependent on your needs on the day). The warm-up can be an invigorating start or a gentle introduction into the body, breath and space and if in a group, connecting with others. The warm- up allows you to settle into the uniqueness of the process, to engage internally and externally and start to listen to your body.
The content of the session is the exploration, the creativity, and the chance to follow your needs. The DMP process allows space for all forms of emotions to be communicated, from painful recognition to joyous celebration. In a group setting you find support in each other’s creative expression, sharing in each persons dance, finding deep connection within it. Within individual sessions I can be witness to your movement exploration or move alongside you.
The closure of the session (again is dependent on your needs and what has come before) is the drawing together of what has been experienced, felt, moved and shared. This often takes a creative form e.g. mark making or modelling and provides opportunity to talk through what has been moved.
If you are interested in discovering more and the website doesn’t answer your questions feel free to contact me.