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What is Dance Movement Psychotherapy (DMP)?

Dance Movement Psychotherapy is the psychotherapeutic use of movement and dance through which a person can engage creatively in a process to further their emotional, cognitive, physical and social integration. (ADMP, UK).

 

As an individual’s movement is seen as a form of communication, Dance Movement Psychotherapists utilize this art form to help individuals find a language that expresses their experience.

 

Some Techniques in a DMP session

The therapist uses various exploration methods such as: play, rhythm, ritual, music, vocalization, mirroring, props, art and drawing during sessions.

 

The session structure is as follows: (Chasian Model)

  • Warm-up
  • Theme and Movement development process
  • Closure

 

What does a Dance Movement Psychotherapist do?

  • To develop a safe and trusting relationship between the client and therapist.
  • To support and encourage the client’s movements by either mirroring, suggesting or empathetically observing and acknowledging movements.
  • To give space and allow free- association of movement.
  • To use movement analysis and observation tools to understand how the individual relates to themselves and others in the environment.
  • To allow and encourage the bringing of various emotions to the room.

 

Areas covered

We believe in approaching each child according to their unique way of learning. The DMP sessions have a distinctive quality of being fun, creative and simple while helping the children achieve the required amount of coordination needed at their age which enhances their learning skills. It has been observed and proved that children exposed to DMP show a remarkable improvement in their learning skills i.e. speech, body coordination, social skills, etc… Benefits of Dance Movement Psychotherapy:

  • Self-awareness.
  • Self-esteem.
  • Personal autonomy.
  • Links- thought, feelings and actions.
  • Increasing and rehearsing adaptive coping behaviors, feelings or thoughts.
  • Maximizing communication.
  • Contacting inner resources.