Dance Movement Therapy

Dance movement therapy is the psychotherapeutic use of movement to facilitate change in individuals, and in their ability to relate to others. Dance movement therapy combines the expressive and creative aspects of dance with the insights of psychotherapy: emotional and bodily experiences are connected to one another and processed verbally or non-verbally. Movement yields images which are analysed as a means to gaining psychological understanding. In Group dance movement therapy, movement interaction enables patients to become aware of their interpersonal behaviour, allowing them to modify how they form and maintain relationships with others. Group dance movement therapy also yields movement, metaphor and imagery which illustrate the unconscious emotional life of the group.