Dance Movement Psychotherapy (DMP) is a relational process in which client(s) and therapist engage creatively using body movement, as well as verbal and non-verbal reflection. It offers embodied interventions that take into account the client’s lived experience in the context of the social system they live in, how they experience living in their body and relationship to their body, how they think about themselves and their relationships, as well as emotional responses that may be hard to put into words. At the heart of this is the intrinsic belief in the inter-relationship between psyche, soma, and spirit.
When used in a psychotherapeutic context, dance movement is utilised for a range of neurological, psychological, relationship, and social problems. It also provides opportunities for people who wish to develop their own creative potential. DMP may be recommended as a primary service or as a complement to other forms of on-going treatment, rehabilitation, or education. Therapy can be short-term or long-term.