Dance Movement Psychotherapy recognises body movement as an implicit and expressive instrument of communication and expression. It is a relational process in which lived experience is understood as being very much alive and present within the body, particularly if a person has experienced trauma. It is an empathic process that may require time to develop into a relationship that feels safe enough for the client to become more in touch with patterns of movement and thought, feelings and sensations that may be troubling them. It is creative in that there is no fixed method for how a therapist might work with a client to achieve relief from their presenting difficulties. The therapist is highly responsive to the client in the present moment and each session may be different and use a variety of ways to connect to the bodily self. DMP assists in the integration of emotional, cognitive, physical, social and spiritual aspects of the self.
DMP is practiced as individual and group therapy in settings such as health, education, social services, and in private practice.
The profession is continually informed by research and by initiatives and projects that open up and extend the field of DMP practice.
For more information about the history, development and practice of DMP, along with research articles and workshops, please visit the web site for the Association of Dance Movement Psychotherapy : www.admt.org.uk