The mind and body are interactive with no dichotomy
between the workings of the mind and the behaviour of the
The therapist works with the service user's
personality as it is expressed in body movement. The therapist
creates an environment in which feelings can be safely expressed,
communicated and acknowledged. A person's associations to a
movement may lead to descriptive imagery and metaphor as they give
meaning to that movement. These images indicate issues concerning
the individual or the group process and can develop both
non-verbally and verbally.
Dance movement psychotherapy is relevant for service
users who have difficulty with communication and/or interaction and
it has a unique role in the field of eating disorders, being
directly involved with body image.