What is Dance Movement Psychotherapy?


Dance Movement Psychotherapy (DMP) is one of arts therapies (music, drama and arts) that aims to integrate body and mind. DMP provides a safe space for clients to explore different movement and understand inner sense. DMP focuses on clients' unconscious body movement and invites clients to explore emotions that may arise through movement and reflect on the inner side.

I offer group and individual therapy sessions for various client populations. Please contact me for more details. I am happy to answer any questions.

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Dance Movement Psychotherapy will help clients

  • To discover a connection between BODY and MIND through movements

  • To express her/him/themselves non-verbally especially when one finds it difficult to do so through words

  • To relax and breathe better

  • To enhance an ability of focus

  • To reduce anxiety

  • To focus on the present moment

  • It also provides an opportunity to enhance

       imaginationand creativity

  • To help clients to establish a relationship with others


A session consists mainly of three parts.

  • We start a warm-up to loosen muscles and awaken the senses through gentle movement and breathing.

  • Clients are encouraged to move as they feel. It is a non-judgemental and independent process. They may use props such as cloths, a parachute, and balls and so on and sometimes sounds and voices are accompanied. Clients are encouraged to explore different movement. This is a creative opportunity for them.

  • Session ends in a relaxing way. At the end, clients are encouraged to reflect on their movement and emotions that have arisen during the session.

Group or Individual

Sessions take place on a group (open/closed) or individual basis. It depends on client groups and the number of people who attend a session.

Not a dance class, but THERAPY

Client do not require any dance skills or techniques and will not learn dance steps. It is a space where clients are provided an opportunity to explore their own movement and emotions, and reflect on its connections. For children and adolescents, they might create their own play and explore their creativity.


Space is vital for building a therapeutic alliance between clients and the therapist. The therapeutic environment has to be contained, spacious enough for movement, and friendly. Safety for clients is a top priority. The door window might need to be covered by the paper sheet, so that clients feel safe and protected. There will be sign boards which say “Dance Movement Therapy” or “Please do not disturb!”

Need Therapy?

I offer a short or long term of therapy for those who would like to explore body and movement based therapy. Please contact me here

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