What is Dance Movement Psychotherapy?

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 creatively using body movement and dance to assist integration of emotional, cognitive, physical, social and spiritual aspects of self. The philosophical orientation of DMP is based on the intrinsic belief in the inter-relationship between psyche, soma and spirit as evidenced in the potential held in creative processes.

The focus on the moving body and non verbal phenomena means that DMP can be beneficial for relational and developmental issues arising from early infancy to the elderly. Dance movement, when used in a therapeutic context, offers both as a way of assessment and of treatment for a range of neurological, psychological, relationship and social problems. It also provides opportunities for people who wish to develop their own creative potential.

DMP’s work in a range of settings within the public, private and voluntary sectors including health, education and social services. DMP can benefit individuals, couples, families, groups and organisational teams. DMP may be recommended as a primary service or as a complement to other forms of on-going treatment, rehabilitation or education. The therapy can be short term or long term. Enquiries can be made directly to a practitioner or referrals may be made through an individual or organisation. Clients do not require dance skills or training. The focus is upon the therapeutic process. The profession is continually informed by research and projects that open up and extend the field of DMP practice.


The Professional Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy in the United Kingdom.

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