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Dance Movement Psychotherapy is?

A psychotherapeutic use of movement and dance through which individualís can engage creatively in a process to further their emotional, cognitive, physical and social integration (A.D.M.P). Using movement and dance individuals can make personal statements and communicate their thoughts and feelings in their own time and way. The process works in a safe and therapeutic environment for individuals to explore the meaning of their movements, develop their own personal resources, change and growth. This can be for individuals or groups who are experiencing some difficulties with anxiety, depression, eating disorders, psychoses, terminally ill, palliative, bereavement, post traumatic stress, abuse, addictions, delays in learning, physical difficulties, emotional behavioural difficulties and autism to name a few. Dance movement psychotherapy combines the art form of dance and movement in a psychotherapeutic model. The therapist focuses on trusting relationship, developing and exploring with the individual movements, feelings, emotions and expressions. It uses both verbal and non-verbal communication. It may work with rhythm, ritual, play, music, safe objects, stretchy material, movement, postures and gestures to enhance the process of change.

January 2019