Sarah Smith RDMP & Systemic Practitioner Psychotherapy services in Bristol and the South West Specialising in Eating Disorders, Body Image, and Family work
Sarah Smith RDMP & Systemic PractitionerPsychotherapy services in Bristol and the South West Specialising in Eating Disorders, Body Image, and Family work

Psychotherapy using movement and words


  • I offer individual or small group** sessions, specialising in Eating Disorders/Body Image Recovery work through a combination of verbal psychotherapy, and experiential approaches informed by Dance Movement Psychotherapy (DMP). These experiential elements may involve movement, drawing, and other creative/sensory techniques, designed to support you to experience an authentic, safe, and mindful connection with your body.



  • Why are treatments which incorporate the body important for Eating Disorders recovery?


  • Often Eating Disorders sufferers might feel disconnected from their bodies, feeling "numb" rather than "tuned in" to genuine physical sensations such as hunger, pain or tiredness. This disconnection from the body can make recovery difficult, as re-adjusting to physical sensations such as feeling "full" after eating can get mislabelled as feeling "fat". Or at times, sufferers might become "hyper- aware" of their bodies, for example, feeling overwhelmed by physical sensations of anxiety.



  • What are the benefits of this approach?
  • Restoring a stronger mind-body connection- learning to connect physical sensations, thoughts, and emotions. For example, you might feel more able to recognise how a difficult emotion, or stress can be experienced in the body, and more able to manage these physical symptoms.
  • Learning to acknowledge, and experience your body, and its sensations in a safe way, and to trust genuine physical cues, such as hunger.
  • Experiencing how movement patterns and body postures can be used to support recovery. For example, exploring moving and holding ourselves in new ways can be used to directly effect positive changes in body image. 
  • Engaging in a movement/ non-verbal process can support the development of new insights/coping skills.
  • Feeling more connected to your wider creative potential to address life's difficulties, and developing confidence to engage with its many possibilities.



  • In addition, I offer Body Image psychoeducational sessions, which are designed to support the development of a positive, accepting relationship with your body, and offer strategies for recovery from unhelpful body image "behaviours". Positive self-esteem and self-care work is included in these sessions.
  • I am currently completing training in Systemic/Family Therapy, and if desired, would be interested to explore with you how systemic/family influences may be relevant to your recovery.









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