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Frequently Asked Questions

The IADMT defines DMT as a psychotherapeutic method that uses movement and creative expression to further socio-emotional, cognitive and somatic integration. It can be described as a creative, explorative, and embodied approach to therapy. This practice encompasses  therapy within clinical, family systems and community settings. DMT in India is a three tier model practiced by certified professionals in the field. The framework takes form from the training and the code of ethics that the association devised, keeping the safety of the client, paramount.

Dance Movement Therapy is based on the principle that the mind and body are one. It has been found that by creating a shift in one, the individual experiences a shift and growth in the other. It encourages the expression of the participants already existing physical and emotional states and works to provide clarity and integration.

DMT works by:

  • Creating a safe space and therapeutic relationship for a client
  • Determining the need and goals of the client
  • Developing a therapeutic relationship
  • Using suitable, person centred approaches and techniques to reach identified needs and goals.

The nature of a dance class is instructive whereas the nature of a DMT session is expressive and exploratory. The therapist does not teach the client any steps rather observes and utilizes their existing movement preferences to further growth and change. The distinguishing factor is the goal which in DMT can be social, emotional, cognitive and psycho-motor.

DMT has various benefits depending on the individual’s challenges and needs. Some are:
  • Mindfulness
  • Self-awareness
  • Stress reduction
  • Improved mood
  • Pain management
  • Self-confidence
  • Self-acceptance
  • Learning to express and regulate feelings
  • Integration of the body, mind & spirit
  • Developing healthy relationship skills
DMT is an inclusive practice, and is suited to people at different life stages and with a range of abilities and needs. It can be done as individual sessions or group sessions. It can be used with
  • Neurotypical individuals
  • Individuals with special needs
  • Individuals with emotional challenges
  • Individuals who have experienced trauma, abuse, grief, and loss
  • Individuals experiencing chronic stress, hyper tension
  • Individuals suffering from mental illnesses such as eating disorders, anxiety, depression to name a few
  • Older adults with dementia, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s
  • Individuals suffering from Cancer
  • Normal neurotic adults, children, and adolescents
  • Individuals dealing with issues of sexuality and sexual identity
  • Couples
  • Families
DMT can be practiced in settings such as:
  • Mental health facilities
  • Rehabilitation programs
  • Medical centers such as clinics or hospitals
  • Educational centers
  • Corporate offices
  • Forensic settings
  • Nursing homes
  • Day care centers
  • Disease prevention
  • Private practice

There are various levels of education you can opt in, to be recognized as a dance movement therapist, dance movement therapy practitioner or dance movement therapy facilitator. You can find more information about these categories here. You can find more information about the courses available in India and abroad by writing to us.

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