Creative Arts Therapies involve using all aspects of the creative arts in order to promote more positive emotional behaviours. There are five creative arts therapies: Art Therapy, Dance Movement Therapy, Drama Therapy, Poetry Therapy and Music Therapy.
Dance Movement Therapy (DMT) can be described as an expressive version of Psychotherapy in which clients are encouraged to perform spontaneous dance movements within a group, on the basis that their minds and bodies are interrelated. Through movement, clients can reflect their thoughts and emotions and by understanding and supporting their clients, therapists can encourage the development of more positive feelings, in turn, promoting a solution to their psychological problem.
The following five part video lead by Leif Tellmann will give you an overall more in-depth understanding of DMT with some examples of what may take place in a Dance Movement Therapy session:
Dance Movement Therapy seems to be effective for a wide range of clients from those with psychological disorders to cancer patients and even those suffering from psychological trauma.
So, do you think Creative Arts Treatments such as DMT are more beneficial for clients compared to the more conventional treatments available?
In next weeks’ blog I will aim to evaluate the effectiveness of Dance Movement Therapy in order to find out whether alternative psychological treatments, such as Creative Arts Treatments are more effective compared to physiological treatments.