Dance movement therapy
The body says what words cannot. 
- Martha Graham

If I could tell you what it meant, there would be no point in dancing it.
ó Isadora Duncan
A short film about Dance Movement Therapy made by the Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapists.

Sometimes we feel that we are stuck and don't know which way to turn. It can be difficult for us to make sense of what we're feeling and thinking and what we actually want. We need a safe, supported and creative space where we can explore, make sense of things, and express ourselves. 


What is dance movement psychotherapy (DMT)?

DMT is a form of psychotherapy where we use movement and dance to explore and make sense of and express feelings and thoughts. It gives you a space to experience your connection with our body in a deeper way and integrate our physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual self. It can help us to identify our needs, desires and strengths and to explore different options and to make positive choices in day to day life.

Why choose DMT?
  • Youíve tried talking therapy before and would like to try a new approach
  • You are creative and like to express yourself through the arts i.e. music, art, dance or drama
  • You think about things constantly and want to get out of your head (and into your body)
  • You're looking for a supportive and caring relationship in which you can explore any issue at your own pace
Do I need to be able to dance to do DMT?
You donít need any particular dance or movement experience to do DMT. Neither do you have to be able-bodied or physically fit. DMT works very well with people of all ages and abilities because it is about the way it feels to move a particular way. 

What sort of music and dancing is involved?
We don't use a particular style such as ballet or hip hop in DMT, rather we use whatever movement style you are most comfortable with, for example, it might depend on what music you like or your previous movement experience.

Do I dance the whole time in a session or can I talk aswell?
Some people like to move and dance a lot in a session and some prefer to talk a lot and move a little. The way a session takes shape is basically up to you.

How long does a session last?
Individual sessions usually last 1 hour to 90 minutes and group sessions last 60 to 90 minutes.

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