Body as an Instrument: An Artistic Inquiry in to the relationship of movement and sound in Dance Movement Psychotherapy with clients in a mental health care setting whose main challenge is anxiety.
(2014) Body as an Instrument: An Artistic Inquiry in to the relationship of movement and sound in Dance Movement Psychotherapy with clients in a mental health care setting whose main challenge is anxiety., no. 44.
An Artistic Inquiry in to the relationship that sound has to key themes arising from a Dance Movement Psychotherapy (DMP) group who's main challenge is anxiety. The clients' setting is an organisation that provides services to support adults mental health and re-integration back in to the community. This clinical paper explores the role of DMP to support the client population and how sound, where sound is consid-ered as body sounds, breath, rhythmical synchrony and verbalisations, interacts with and impacts DMP. In addition, how sound contributes to the understanding of the therapeutic relationship and group development in DMP. Data from twelve weekly DMP sessions were creatively gathered, analysed and presented in movement, sound and drawn based pieces. The project concludes that within the therapeutic context of DMP, sound may play an important part in the cohesiveness of the group and the self-regulation, self-assertiveness and self-expression of the individual. 'Bridges' will be used as a synonym for the organisation and synonyms were used to protect client's identity. Important to mention here the dual role of the researcher as 'inquirer' and 'therapist' who is the same person referred to throughout the clinical project.