BSc, MA, MSc, PhD, RDMP
Individual and Group Dance Movement Psychotherapy
T: 07939 144 610
Movement psychotherapy is integrative by focusing on both the body and the mind. Dance Movement Psychotherapy (DMP) is part of the field of the arts therapies and recognises body movement as an instrument of communication and expression.
When words are not enough, movement and the practice of ‘authentic movement’ can be powerful modes for expression, integration and self-discovery.
Dr Sophie Barthel is specialised in working with the following client groups:
• Eating disorders
• Trauma (PTSD)
• Adult mental health
• Learning disabilities
• Children and adolescents
The approach to therapy is integrative and humanistic while employing Dance Movement Psychotherapy techniques.
Benefits of DMP can include an increase in self-confidence, self-expression and the development of tools with which to express or manage more difficult feelings or thoughts. DMP encourages the finding of inner resources through contained creative movement play. It is a great chance to learn more about yourself and find new coping mechanisms whilst exploring different ways of moving.
No dance/movement experience required!
“During the initial session we will clarify what you are hoping to gain from therapy and the issues that you want to address. It is also an opportunity for you to see whether my approach is right for you.”
Dance Movement Psychotherapy (DMP) is one of the arts therapies. It is based on the principal that how we move reflects and impacts on our emotional processes and thinking patterns. A dance movement psychotherapist will encourage the client to develop and integrate new movement patterns together with emotional changes. This means that a holistic and creative approach is used in helping to find ways of dealing with psychological problems and everyday challenges.
I have found that working with the body (through approaches such as mindfulness, somatic experiencing and embodiment) to be effective in uncovering solutions to our problems, often in direct and surprising ways.
I specialise in treating eating disorders and trauma. Body orientated approaches are particularly useful here, because eating disorder and trauma related symptoms affect and are experienced in the body, for example racing heart, shallow breathing, a knot in the stomach, tightness in the chest, changes in body temperature etc. As such it makes sense to work with the body first to help the client learn how to calm their nervous system and build resources. In addition, the techniques are a great way to support a better relationship to body image. A body orientated approach is also useful for other difficulties, such as anxiety, bereavement, depression or a feeling of stuckness in one’s life and a desire for change.