Dance movement psychotherapy is for anyone needing or wanting support in their
psychological and emotional health.
Reasons for attending Dance Movement Psychotherapy might be:                          
  • Coping with loss or change
  • Difficult to manage behaviour
  • Lack of social engagement
  • Improving concentration and attentiveness
  • Raising body awareness and maintaining mobility
  • Living with a physical disability
  • Working through the impact of trauma
  • Engaging with sensory processing
  • Lacking motivation and self-esteem
  • Mental health problems
  • Dementia
  • Coping with the emotional impact of long-term illness
  • Issues around gender and sexual identity
If you are thinking of having Dance Movement Psychotherapy sessions here are some helpful tips to have in mind:
  • Therapists support you to show how you are thinking and feeling.
  • Talking, dancing and thinking help you find the best way to share your thoughts and to be understood.
                       Talking                                                                                                                  Thinking
  • When words are not enough, we respond to each other using sound, rhythm, posture and gesture.
  • Sessions need to feel safe so we work in a trusting relationship.
  • You do not need previous dance experience to attend sessions



 It is good to


  • be more aware of your body
  • think about your body.
  • move differently
  • express needs, moods & feelings
  • manage difficult feelings and behaviours





  • Increased body awareness & body image
  • Enhanced movement ability, mobility and co-ordination
  • Accessing creative expression
  • Improvement of self esteem
  • Development of relating and communication skills
  • Enrichment of social skills & interaction
  • Greater understanding of personal space
  • Greater understanding of safe and appropriate touch
  • Development of coping strategies
  • Development of observation skills
  • Greater self-regulation of difficult to manage behaviour
  • Discovering a wider range of verbal and non verbal means of expressing needs, moods and feelings
  • Enhancing overall well-being