What is DMT?
DMT (Dance Movement Therapy) also known as DMP (Dance Movement Psychotherapy) is a form of psychotherapy which uses creative movement and dance as a process to further emotional, physical, cognitive and social integration within a therapeutic relationship.
DMT is based on the assumption that an individual's movement reflects his/her individual way of thinking and emotional processes. The health of a human being is reflected in the integration of the psyche and the body, whereas a dysfunction is marked by their disintegration and somatisation of psychological problems. The basic aim of psychotherapy - the integration of the client is expressed through: intrapersonal change, conflict resolution, self-realisation and capacity to fulfill ones' needs, ability to engage in meaningful social relationships, vitality and the will to live as well as good relaxation skills.
This form of psychotherapy comprises theoretical and practical knowledge about individuals and groups as well as nonverbal communication, developmental psychology and movement analysis. In DMT the client becomes aware of how the emotions and bodily experience are interconnected, and can enhance the awareness of his/her movement and its meaning through free associations. DMT does not focus on dance - dance steps and movement sequences are very rarely taught during sessions.
Dance Movement Therapy as a profession originated in the 1940's in the U.S.
DMT is practiced as both individual, couple, family and group therapy with children, adolescents and adults. It is employed within the national health system, education, private practice, social care and prevention programmes.
INDIVIDUALS MOST LIKELY TO BENEFIT FROM DMT ARE THOSE WHO:
- Usually avoid expressing their feelings or express their emotions inadequately,
- Are so overwhelmed by their emotions or experiences that expressing them verbally becomes impossible,
- Whose problems are reflected in their body posture and/or movement difficulties,
- Who experience constant tension or blockage in certain areas of the body, which can occur in cases of kinaesthetic hypertension as well as anxiety disorders and depression,
- Experience problems with their body image,
- Experience difficulties in establishing close relationships, physical contact or trust - symptoms present in personality disorders and ACOA,
- Experience emotional difficulties, internal conflicts or substantial stress,
- Want to improve their ability to communicate and enhance self-understanding.