My Story into DMP
My initial interest in this field of work came from my drama/dance background. I was fascinated with the role of the body in performance as a tool for expression; symbolism and universal understanding of emotions we all experience but often don’t have the language or skills to communicate.
A few years later as a volunteer I had my first experience of DMP at Dance Voice; I walked into a session for adults with learning disabilities and felt I had come home! Immediately I felt a sense of belonging, freedom and acceptance. Here was a room full of music and sound, a room full of people with different abilities and bodies. Everyone with their own form of expression, their own dance, yet there was space and compassion for it all.
Since that day I strive to provide that same sense of belonging for all those I work with. To let others feel that same acceptance, freedom of expression and compassion for their true selves.
It was immediately clear that I needed to train as a dance therapist; full of passion and excitement I embarked on the Masters training and qualified as a Dance Movement Psychotherapist in 2004. Since then I have continued to work as a DMP, clinical supervisor and educator and would not change it for the world. I have been privileged to gain a broad experience of work, to dance many dances, meeting the most interesting and beautiful people.
For 17 years I worked for a charity Dance Voice who specialised in DMP. Here I gained a vast amount of experience of the charitable sector, as a therapist, Manager, MA Programme coordinator and tutor. I was involved in establishing and delivering the Dance Voice & Canterbury Christ Church MA in Dance Movement Psychotherapy, supporting many students to qualify as DMP’s.
During this time I have worked in the community in the voluntary sector, in CAMS, schools, nursing homes, residential settings, and as a self employed practitioner spending time moving, growing, developing with members of our community with a range of ages, differences and abilities:
- People with dementia
- Adults, children & families with Autism
- Adults & children with learning disabilities and or additional needs
- Adults in addiction recovery, eating disorders
- Adults with acquired brain injury
- Adults with long and short term mental health needs
- Adults with life limiting conditions
I approach the therapeutic relationship without judgment, with empathy, inclusivity and creativity. Partnered with the belief that we are all valued members of our society worthy of love, joy and purpose I am open to meet and move with anyone.
Diagnosis, behaviour and conditions are just an element of who we are, the meeting and connecting is where the power of movement takes place. I am intuitive, insightful and open to support, guide and be alongside those who are willing to brave the therapeutic journey.
As the therapist I am not the one with the answers to the problems but I can guide you to find those solutions for yourself. Sometimes we need to take the focus away from the problem and solution and instead listen and feel what is being communicated and respond to those fundamental needs.
The power of the work is tangible, feeling, experiencing and seeing change is moving. Therefor I hope and aim for DMP to be introduced more readily to those who need it most and those who can support others to access it.
Equally I am a strong believer in the power of community, of shared learning and compassionate teaching, a little affirmation can go a long way! Therefor educating, supervising and mentoring others in DMP (and related fields) are valued aspects of my work.
In all relationships I aim to truly listen with body and soul to what is required in the moment, to adapt where needed and to trust the creative process.
If you are interested in discovering more and the website doesn’t answer your questions feel free to contact me.