Benefits of DMP can include an increase in self-confidence, self-expression and the development of tools with which to express or manage overwhelming feelings or thoughts. DMP can help increase self-awareness, self-esteem and personal autonomy. It also supports the development of trust within relationships and offers an opportunity to test the impact of self on others in a safe and contained environment. DMP encourages the finding of inner resources through contained creative movement play. It can help develop resources and skills in communication and social interaction and provide an opportunity to increase and rehearse adaptive coping behaviours. DMP allows a person to test the relationship between inner and outer reality. Physical, emotional and cognitive shifts can occur as DMP promotes the possibility to study and experience links between actions, feelings and thoughts.
Who Can Benefit from DMP
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.