Relation-Shape: Changing Shape in Dyadic Relating in Dance Movement Psychotherapy. Exploration into Kinaesthetic and Visual Sites of Shape
(2014) Relation-Shape: Changing Shape in Dyadic Relating in Dance Movement Psychotherapy. Exploration into Kinaesthetic and Visual Sites of Shape, no. 33.
The presented case study aimed to inquire the modes of mother-child relating in context of dance movement psychotherapy. The study introduces a method that employs creative tools in therapist's reflective process with the aim to enhance empathic understanding of mother-child relationship. The study demonstrates that the creative reflective process might cultivate therapist's self-awareness and mediate insights transferrable into the clinical practice. This is presented in two case vignettes of dance movement psychotherapy intervention with mother-child dyad. The findings are presented in the form of artistic expression, a short film, which accompanies the written part of inquiry and communicates information that is beyond explicit knowing. The element of Shape is identified as a key feature in dyadic movement interaction and its visual, kinaesthetic and expressive sites are examined through the lenses of dance movement psychotherapy and art psychotherapy. The clinical, theoretical as well as artistic findings imply the same conclusion that Shape serves as an expression of relationship to self and to other. Within this study, this relation has been redefined as Relation-Shape.