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

 Dance Movement Psychotherapy FAQ's:


Q: What is Dance Movement Psychotherapy (DMP)?


A: "Dance Movement Psychotherapy (DMP) recognises body movement as an implicit and expressive instrument of communication and expression. DMP is a relational process in which client/s and therapist engage in an empathic creative process using body movement and dance to assist integration of emotional, cognitive, physical, social and spiritual aspects of self". (ww​

​Q: Who can benefit from DMP?
A: "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". (



Q: Do I need dance or movement experience to access this form of therapy?


A: No, DMP is not about practising any particular dance style or technique. No dance or movement experience is necessary.


Q: How much do sessions cost?


A: Sessions are currently priced at £55 for an Individual session (1 hour), a sliding scale may be offered for students/people on lower incomes. Family/group sessions cost/length TBA depending on specific needs.


Q: Can I bring my partner/family member along to the sessions?


A: As a trainee Systemic Therapist, I would be willing to discuss the possibility of offering some family work as an adjunct to your individual therapy.







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