Career outlook for dance movement psychotherapist
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would use dance to help people to deal with emotional, psychological and physical issues. You’d guide them to use dance and physical movement as a way to express their thoughts and feelings.
Dance movement psychotherapy is based on the belief that body movement reflects a person's pattern of thinking and feeling.
You would work with individuals and groups to:
- Improve people’s self-esteem, self awareness and perception of body image
- Improve their communication skills
- Deepen their insight into their patterns of behaviour
- Create coping strategies and find new ways to manage life
You would work with people who have a physical disability or a learning disability, or emotional or behavioural problems.
Your clients could also be experiencing mental health conditions such as depression or anxiety. They might have problems with an addiction or eating disorder. Some of your clients may come to you for their personal growth.
- Observe and assess the person’s movements
- Plan individual or group movement sessions
- Find suitable music
- Create props for sessions
- Create a safe environment to promote communication
- Write reports and update client records
You would work closely with other professionals such as psychologists, social workers, teachers and other therapy specialists.
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