Movement Therapies

Is your school, organization, charity or community center interested in Dance and Movement Psychotherapy?

Embodied psychotherapy integrates the body and mind through creative interventions that build self awareness, cognition, gross and motor function capabilities and the understanding of societal experiences. Through dance and movement, M is trained to analyze, connect, and understand clients movements. 

Dance Movement Psychotherapy

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M Gallego MA RDMP is a registered Dance Movement Psychotherapist with the Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy UK (ADMP). She supplies her services for schools, organizations, charities, community centers, and alike through group work. M believes that understanding the body through the medium of expressive dance and movement allows the client to shift their perspectives, world views and assumptions about specific traumas and experiences through creative movement interventions. 

Dance Movement Psychotherapy (DMP) is a form of psychotherapy which uses expressive dance movement as a process to increase awareness and develop emotional, physical and cognitive integration. DMP encourages the potential for full development and growth of each individual using both verbal and non-verbal channels of communication. DMP is adaptable to a wide range of clients from infants to adults and couples. Emotional, physical, cognitive or social aspects may be emphasized according to the needs of the individual. The overall aim, however, is towards expression, integration, communication, empowerment and increased self awareness. Dance Movement Psychotherapy is practiced as both individual and group therapy in health, education, forensic, community centers, social service settings and in private practice. 

 

M uses music, percussion, and instruments in her sessions to bring rhythm into the equation. With 20 years of drumming experience, M believes drumming and using percussion allow the body to release tensions, experiences, and trauma in the body. 

Through her professional work as a ballroom and latin professional instructor, M understands what it truly means to connect with another on a body felt level. Her aim is to connect partner dance to the therapeutic elements of her practice.

She is available for group sessions and hire from organizational institutions, communities/day centers, and alike. This is not a private practice. 

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Specialties

- Expressive movement and dance

- Creative interventions - symbolic and metaphorical

- Music integration and expression

- Drumming therapy

-Art and play therapy

- Body mindfulness and awareness

- Various Dance Embodiment/styles

Client Groups

- Individuals with Autism, Down Syndrome 

- Children with learning difficulties

- Children experiencing trauma and other mental health illness

-Adults battling substance misuse and alcohol misuse

-Adults with Anxiety, Depression, Psychosocial disorders, Schizophrenia, and Bipolar Disorder

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Autism Movement Therapy® (AMT), the first therapy designed for individuals with autism combining movement and music, is proving to be one of the most effective ways of stimulating communication between the left and right hemispheres of the brain by actually bridging the two hemispheres of the brain (interhemispheric integration) to increase overall cognitive processing. AMT literally awakens the brain by introducing a highly structured and fun form of therapy through music, dance and improvisation.

Developed by Joanne Lara, M.A., Autism Movement Therapy combines a structured program of movement and music, connecting the left and right hemispheres of the brain for a “whole brain” cognitive re-mapping approach that significantly increases concentration, focus speech and language and social interactions.

AMT, a natural strategy for individuals with autism with limited speech and language communication skills, allows self expression through music and dance while developing a strong sense of self-determination and independence.

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