Bernay has an MA Dance Movement Psychotherapy from Roehampton University and works clinically as a DMP on adult mental health, children with autism and refugee children.
Dance Movement Psychotherapy (DMP) is the therapeutic use of dance and movement through which a person can engage creatively in a process to further their emotional, cognitive, physical and social integration. Based on the theory that movement reflects an individuals patterns of thinking and feeling, dance movement psychotherapists acknowledge and support clients' movements, encouraging the development of new movement patterns and the emotional experiences that may accompany these changes.
Some key principles underpinning DMP as follows:
Body and Mind interact: a change in movement will affect total functioning
Movement reflects personality
The therapeutic relationship is mediated to last to some extent non-verbally (ex.mirroring) however the therapy is inclusive of tools such as verbalization, music, drawing, role-play.
Movement contains a symbolic function and as such can be evidence of unconscious processes
Movement in a session is mainly improvised and allows the client to
Experiment with new ways of being
Self express in a safe environment
Form new relationships within group
For more information visit ADMPUK