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 in an empathic creative process using body movement and dance to assist integration of emotional, cognitive, physical, social and spiritual aspects of self.
DMP is a creative therapy using the body in movement to express, understand and/change patterns of thinking and behaviour. It is based on the principle that movement reflects an individual’s patterns of thinking, feeling and communicating. Expressing through the body along with talking and / or listening to and embodying experiences, can lead to new insights about oneself.
A DMP session is designed to suit your needs, for some, talking forms the basis of the session and attention is drawn to how you feel in your body, for others talking then expressing in movement works best. Generally, a person’s preferences and what is most useful become clear and we build on these.
Individual sessions provide a private space for us to reflect on your thoughts, feelings and life situation. There is the possibility of short and longer term work. The sessions are designed to meet your needs and can adapt and develop with you. I have a special interest in trauma work, anxiety and depression, often linked to addiction. I work with you to help find what will lead to the shifts and changes you need and want.
It is not so important to choose between counselling, psychotherapy or Dance Movement Psychotherapy as there is crossover. Central to my way of working is empathic listening, a non-judgemental attitude, compassion, belief in paying attention to the embodied experience and that opening to creativity helps us to access that which has been lost in our personalities and lives. I see myself as walking with you as you in this process.
When you contact me, we arrange an assessment session where we can both decide if it seems as if sessions with me could be useful for you. If we go ahead, there follows 3/4 sessions to give some time to establish the aims of the work together.
The initial session allows you to see if I am the right person for you and to give you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about me and the process of therapy. At the same time, this gives me the opportunity to find out more about you and what problem you are struggling with.
There is absolutely no obligation to continue after the initial session.
What happens in a session?
Sessions last for one hour at a time.
We address whatever you bring to the session, verbally and non-verbally.
The amount and type of movement and talking we do, depends on what suits you and seems best at the time. If there is movement in a session it can range from being aware of your breathing or the flexing of a hand to an improvised burst of energy to being led through some movements. There is not an expectation of performance or doing the movements correctly. The aim to allow your body to ‘speak’, connecting to your feelings and emotions and increasing your body awareness.
Confidentiality is an important aspect in allowing there to be openness in the sessions. I am bound by both ADMP and UKCP’s codes of ethics and my Licence to Practice is renewed yearly.
Number of sessions
This is something which is discussed at the initial sessions and reviewed on a regular basis. The length of time needed is very individual and dependent on your goals.
An agreement will be made as to the frequency of sessions.
Each session costs £70, payable after each session by bank transfer, cash or cheque.
If you are registered with a Healthcare Insurer, you may be able to get your sessions paid by them. You will need to contact your GP or Psychiatrist so they can make a referral to your chosen provider. I will require your pre-authorisation number at the first session with you.
An agreement will be made as to the frequency of sessions and the conditions for cancelling sessions.