The connection between mind and body is fundamental to my work, which recognises that what happens in one affects the other, acknowledging that movement embraces the psychological and transpersonal (spiritual) dimensions as well as the physical.
I am a person centred practitioner, but consciously draw on a range of therapeutic models resulting in a humanistic integrative approach, working with all these dimensions and bringing them into harmony with each other. Despite the ‘D’ word in the title, dance skills are not required to access Dance Movement Psychotherapy (DMP). The route into the profession for the Dance Movement Psychotherapist is through dance and this underpins and informs our knowledge of the moving body, but for the client the focus is on the creative therapeutic process. The key concepts of my work are embodied emotion and kinaesthetic (movement-related) empathy. My practice is also underpinned by the principles of body oriented psychotherapy and the cognitive discipline of mindfulness. Paying attention to non-verbal and verbal communication, the process may at times include rhythm, posture, gesture, mime, movement patterns and shapes.
The theoretical foundations of DMP include developmental psychology, phenomenology of body experiences, affective neuroscience, non-verbal interaction and movement behaviour, body memory systems, embodied cognition and social psychology, which results in a therapeutic process that encourages creative expression to bring healing, insight, learning and personal growth. In simpler terms this means that, through the creative process and mindful movement, I support my clients as they explore their inner world and personal stories, working through their difficulties, developing their strengths and finding expression. Over time, we link body awareness with emotional awareness and creatively identify ways of adapting and living in the world.
As we work together, the process will allow you to move, to go with the flow of what you are feeling and experiencing. In today’s society we are encouraged to be mindful and often this is associated with remaining quiet, through DMP I will encourage mindfulness, but not necessarily stillness. You will be encouraged to notice body issues and to process them. In this way we can address many concepts including, but not limited to, anger, self esteem and depression.