Dance Movement Psychotherapy FAQs


Q: What is Dance Movement Psychotherapy (DMP)?


A: "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". (ww​

​Q: Who can benefit from DMP?
A: "Dance Movement Psychotherapist’s (DMPs) work with children and adults of all ages and abilities, and with people who experience a wide range of difficulties. For example, people may be experiencing mental or emotional distress or conflict, problems with communication or information processing, difficulties with body image, physical discomfort or movement restrictions. People may be struggling with the impact of trauma or having to deal with loss, transition or change in their lives or there may be relationship difficulties. People may be trying to deal with difficulties such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, psychoses, bereavement, post-traumatic stress, abuse, addiction, learning difficulties, sensory difficulties, physical disabilities, emotional/behavioural difficulties and autism. DMP can also support personal development by enhancing personal communication skills, self-exploration and self-understanding". (



Q: Do I need dance or movement experience to access this form of therapy?


A: No, DMP is not about practising any particular dance style or technique. No dance or movement experience is necessary.


Q: How much do sessions cost?


A: Sessions are currently priced at £70 for a 1 hour session, with sliding scale places offered for people on lower incomes, or anyone for whom this cost would make needed therapy inaccessible. I also have experience of working with DMP trainees so if you are embarking on your therapy training and looking for personal therapy please feel free to get in contact with me.


Q: Can I bring my partner/family member along to the sessions?


A: As a Family and Systemic Psychotherapist, I would be happy to think with you about how we might be able to include your partner/family members in our work together if this feels useful. 


 Please see the ADMP website for further information on this form of therapy:

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