I am a Dance Movement Psychotherapist based in South Donegal. Originally from France, I trained in Arts Management, Dance and Dance Movement Psychotherapy (DMP) in London, UK, where I lived for 12 years before moving to Ireland to start a family. I have experience working with children with and without disabilities, as well as adults in a mental health setting both in London and in Derry. I am now able to see clients through my private practice, Moving Souls, based in the North West of the country. I also sit on the council for the Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapies.
I believe in the healing powers of movement, connecting to one's body and reflecting on one's relationship with the world. I consider movement and inter-connectivity essential to our wellbeing and growth. I also believe that much of our present experience of living is affected by the past (psychodynamic psychotherapy), that all clients are unique (humanistic psychotherapy) and that relationships can shape our behaviours (relational psychotherapy). I want to work with people to help them find a sense of themselves and peace and grounding through their therapeutic relationship with myself, and the use of movement.
You might not think that DMP is for you, but it is! Dance Movement Psychotherapy is one of the Creative Arts Therapies where movement and dance are used to explore and make sense of our thoughts and feelings. DMP is based on the premise that body and mind are intrinsically linked and each will affect the other. Giving ourselves the time to explore our relationship to our bodies with the help of a DMP can help us integrate our physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual self.
You don't need any dance experience, as the sessions are client-centred to support creative self-expression and not about teaching dance skills; you also don't need to be able bodied, or physically fit to use DMP. It can be the perfect communication medium for those for whom using words is difficult. The benefits are countless, so here are a few you can expect by entering into this relational therapeutic process: fostering relationships, enabling creative expression, working through difficulties, communicating feelings in your own way, developing ways to cope, increasing self-esteem and self-confidence, developing social skills etc
Movement wouldn't be what it is without stillness, just as sound wouldn't be without silence. Every and any state is welcome in the DMP session and I am excited to start working with you soon.
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