Lottie facilitates dance/movement psychotherapy (DMP) as an outreach service available by request, offering weekly sessions that can be adapted to a variety of settings. She offers both short and long-term therapy programs and has experience working with a spectrum of needs from mixed pathology mental health groups and learning disabilities to hospice and dementia care. Previous clients include Keystones Mental Health Support Services, Camphill Community, Vinney Green Secure Services and St Peters Hospice.
Her practise is driven by an integrated Transpersonal-Humanistic approach. This means that the therapy is geared towards self-empowerment, with a focus on unleashing the spirit, or life force, of the individual, and tapping into the potential of transcendental experience. As standard, all therapy sessions follow a strict code of ethics as specified by ADMP UK, in addition Lottie attends regular clinical supervision with a senior DMP who oversees and advises her work.
You may be wondering…
What is Dance/Movement Psychotherapy?
DMP is a branch of the creative arts therapies (also including music, art and drama) that applies psychological and developmental theory to movement, utilising interconnectivity of body and mind. The aim, over time, is to enable the client to identify, process and break free from unwanted patterns of behaviour. It can also be used to support the person or group through any enduring challenges they may be facing.
In contrast to the instructive tone of a dance class, in this space the clients and therapist are on a collaborative journey. DMP does not require, or seek, proficiency in dance; rather, the movement is a vehicle of exploration, a means of giving voice to that which cannot be expressed in words, or is not yet understood by the conscious mind. As the client discovers new ways of being in, and thinking about, the body, they can begin to access new possibilities for acceptance and growth, discovering tolerance and calm in place of fear and resistance.
Dance/Movement Psychotherapy has great scope for assisting with
• Learning disabilities
• Disruptive behavioural patterns
• Feelings of disconnection and alienation
• Body dysmorphia and issues around food
• Feelings of shame or inadequacy
• Inability to gain agency (control)
To talk further about providing DMP within your organisation or to arrange a trial, you can contact Lottie here.