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An Introduction to Dance Movement Therapy in Psychiatry

By Kristina Stanton-Jones

About the book

Intended for postgraduate students in dance movement therapy (DMT), as well as for other mental health professionals interested in innovative therapeutic approaches, this book is an introduction to the use of DMT in psychiatry.
Elaborating on the theory underlying DMT and providing a guide to Clinical practice, this book begins with a delineation of DMT in contrast to therapeutic physical activity. This is followed by a short history of the development of DMT in psychiatry in Chapter 2. Other chapters are concerned with theoretical approaches and current schools of practice of DMT in psychiatry; movement and meaning; theory into practice (clinical examples and techniques); DMT with adult patients and long-term patients; DMT in child and family psychiatry; a symbolic approach to DMT; and movement profiles and diagnostic criteria.

Dance Movement Therapy

By Helen Payne

Published 25/05/2006
What can dance movement contribute to psychotherapy?

This thoroughly updated edition of Dance Movement Therapy echoes the increased world-wide interest in dance movement therapy and makes a strong contribution to the emerging awareness of the nature of embodiment in psychotherapy. Recent research is incorporated, along with developments in theory and practice, to provide a comprehensive overview of this fast-growing field.
Helen Payne brings together contributions from experts in the field to offer the reader a valuable insight into the theory and practice of dance movement therapy. The contributions reflect the breadth of developing approaches, covering subjects including:
    •    dance movement therapy with people with dementia
    •    group work with people with enduring mental health difficulties
    •    transcultural competence in dance movement therapy
    •    Freudian thought applied to authentic movement
    •    embodiment in dance movement therapy training and practice
    •    personal development through dance movement therapy.
Dance Movement Therapy will be a valuable resource for anyone who wishes to learn more about the therapeutic use of creative movement and dance. It will be welcomed by students and practitioners in the arts therapies, psychotherapy, counselling and other health and social care professions.


Dance Therapy and Depth Psychology: The Moving Imagination

By Joan Chodorow


About the book 

 Dance/movement as active imagination was originated by Jung in 1916. Developed in the 1960s by dance therapy pioneer Mary Whitehouse, it is today both an approach to dance therapy as well as a form of active imagination in analysis. In her delightful book Joan Chodorow provides an introduction to the origins, theory and practice of dance/movement as active imagination.
Beginning with her own story the author shows how dance/ movement is of value to psychotherapy. An historical overview of Jung's basic concepts is given as well as the most recent depth psychological synthesis of affect theory based on the work of Sylvan Tomkins, Louis Stewart, and others. Finally in discussing the use of dance/movement as active imagination in practice, the movement themes that emerge and the non-verbal expressive aspects of the therapaeutic relationship are described.

When the Body Speaks: The Archetypes in the Body 

By Mara Sidoli

Edited by Phyllis Blakemore

About the book

When the Body Speaks applies Jungian concepts and and theories to infant development to demonstrate how archetypal imagery formed in early life can permanently affect a person's psychology.
Drawing from Mara Sidoli's rich clinical observations, the book shows how psychosomatic disturbances originate in the early stages of life through unregulated affects. It links Jung's concepts of the self and the archetypes to the concepts of the primary self as conceptualized by Fordham, as well as incorporating the work of other psychoanalysts such as Bion and Klein. Lucidly written, When the Body Speaks is an important book for professionals and students in the fields of child and adult psychoanalysis and psychotherapy.

 The Inner World of Trauma: Archetypal Defences of the Personal Spirit

By Donald Kalsched 

About the book 

 Donald Kalsched explores the interior world of dream and fantasy images encountered in therapy with people who have suffered unbearable life experiences. He shows how, in an ironical twist of psychical life, the very images which are generated to defend the self can become malevolent and destructive, resulting in further trauma for the person. Why and how this happens are the questions the book sets out to answer.
Drawing on detailed clinical material, the author gives special attention to the problems of addiction and psychosomatic disorder, as well as the broad topic of dissociation and its treatment. By focusing on the archaic and primitive defenses of the self he connects Jungian theory and practice with contemporary object relations theory and dissociation theory. At the same time, he shows how a Jungian understanding of the universal images of myth and folklore can illuminate treatment of the traumatised patient.
Trauma is about the rupture of those developmental transitions that make life worth living. Donald Kalsched sees this as a spiritual problem as well as a psychological one and in The Inner World of Trauma he provides a compelling insight into how an inner self-care system tries to save the personal spirit.


Further reading

Adler, Janet (2002) Offerings from the Conscious Body: The Discipline of Authentic Movement
Alexander, F. Matthias (1974) The Resurrection of the Body
Andrews, Gladys (1954) Creative Rhythmic Movement for Children, Prentice-Hall
Barlow, Wilfred (1975) The Alexander Principle - How to use your body
Bateson, Gregory (1980) Mind and Nature. A Necessary Unity
Bateson, Gregory (1983) Steps to an Ecology of Mind. A revolutionary approach to man's understanding of himself
Berne, Eric, M.D. (1966) Games People Play, The Psychology of Human Relations
Berne, Eric, M.D. (1970) Group Treatment
Bettelheim, Bruno (1961) The Informed Heart - The human condition in modern mass society
Bettelheim, Bruno, Paul and Mary (1961) Two case histories from "Truants from Life"
Cameron, Helen & Kendall, Diana (1986) Kinetic Sensory Studies; a movement program for children
Capra, Fritjof (1988) Uncommon Wisdom, Century
Claire, (2004) The Journey of a DanceTherapy Teacher. Capturing the Essence of Chase
Czulak-Riley, Jenny (2003) Growing Older, Dancing On, COTA: Melbourne
Rawson, Robyn and Loughlin, Elizabeth (1992) Dance Therapy Collections 1, Australian Dance Council - Ausdance (Vic)
Dimonstein,Geraldine (1974) Exploring the Arts with Children
Dunphy, Kim & Scott, Jenny (2003) Freedom to Move: movement and dance for People with Intellectual Disabilities, Elsevier: Melbourne
Eastman, Marcia (1954) Creative Dance for Children (Barbara Mettler teaching)
Ellfeldt, Lois (1971) A Primer for Choreographers
Epstein, June (1973) Enjoying Music with Young Children
Exiner, Johanna & Kelynack, Denis (1994) Dance Therapy Redefined, CC Thomas: Illinois
Exiner, Johanna with Lloyd, Phyllis (1973) Teaching Creative Movement
Gantt, Linda and Strauss Schmal, Marilyn (compilers) (1974) Art Therapy
Feder, Elaine & Bernard (1981) The Expressive Arts Therapies: art, music and dance as psychotherapy
Feldenkrais, Moshe (1977) Awareness Through Movement
Fleming, Gladys (1976) Creative Rhythmic Movement. Boys and Girls Dancing
Gardner, Gabrielle & Wacey, Kathy (1981) Movement and Dance
Gelb, Michael (1987) Body Learning: An Introduction to the Alexander Technique
Gorer, Geoffrey (1945) Africa Dances: A book about West African Negroes
Guthrie, Jane & Roydhouse, Jan (1988) Come and Join the Dance - a creative approach to movement for children with special needs
Haley, Jay (1973) Uncommon Therapy. The Psychiatric Techniques of Milton Erickson, M.D
Haselbach, Barbara (1981) Improvisation, Dance, Movement, Magnamusic
Hawkins, Erick (1992) The Body is a Clear Place and other statements on dance
H'Doubler, Margaret N. (1966) Dance: A Creative Art Experience
Hill, Heather, (2001) Invitation To The Dance: dance for people with dementia and their carers, University of Stirling : Scotland
Hinkley, Coralie (1990) Innovisions: expressions of creativity in dance
Hinkley, Coralie (1980) Creativity in Dance
Humphrey, Doris (1959) The Art of Making Dances
Kapit, Wynn & Elson, Lawrence M (1977) The Anatomy Coloring Book
Kohler, Wolfgang (1947) Gestalt Psychology
Laban, Rudolf (1966) Choreutics (Annotated and edited by Lisa Ullman)
Laban, Rudolf (1960) The Mastery of Movement (2nd Edition Revised by Lisa Ullman)
Laban, Rudolf (1976) Modern Educational Dance (3rd edition revised by Lisa Ullman)
Laban, Rudolf (1956) Principles of dance and movement notation
Laban, Rudolf and Lawrence, F.C. (1965) Effort, Macdonald and Evans: London
Lange, Roderyk The Nature of Dance
Latey, Phillip (1979) The Muscular Manifesto - A revolutionary study of people, illness and change
Lett, Warren (ed.) 1976 Creativity and Education
Lett, Warren R., (ed) (1993) How the Arts Make a Difference in Therapy
Lewis, Daniel (1984) The Illustrated Dance Technique of Jose Limón, Harper and Row: New York
Locke, Ralph G. (1999) The Gift of Proteus. Shamanism and the Transformation of Being Spring Creek Institute: North Carolina
Lockhart, Aileene (1957) Modern Dance. Building and Teaching Lessons
Masters, Robert and Houston, Jean (1978) Listening to the Body. The Psychophysical Way to Health and Awareness,   Dell Publishing
May, Rollo (1969) Love and Will
McTavish, Shona Dunlop (1987). An Ecstasy of Purpose. The Life and Art of Gertrud Bodenweiser
Meares, Ainslie (1983) Relief Without Drugs Meekums, B. (2002). Dance Movement Therapy: a Creative Psychotherapeutic Approach. London: Sage
Metheny, Eleanor (1968) Movement and Meaning
Mettler, Barbara (1960) Materials of Dance as a Creative Art
Louis, Murray (1980) Inside Dance St.
Ornstein, Robert E (1974) The Psychology of Consciousness
Pierce, Alexandra & Roger (1989) Expressive Movement. Posture and Action in Daily Life, Sports and the Performing Arts
Preston, Valerie (1963) A Handbook for Modern Educational Dance
Preston-Dunlop, Valerie (1966) An Introduction to Kinetography Laban
Preston-Dunlop, Valerie (1967) Readers in Kinetography Laban Series B: Book 1 - Introducing the Symbols ; Book 2 - More About the Symbols ; Book 3 - Moving with a Partner ; Book 4 - Effort Graphs Macdonald and Evans, London
Raffe, W.G. (compiler) (1975) Dictionary of the Dance A.S. Barnes, New Jersey
Rogers, Carl, R (1980) A Way of Being
Rosen, Elizabeth (1957) Dance in Psychotherapy, Bureau of Publications
Sacks, Oliver (1986)   A Leg to Stand On
Sandel, Susan, L. , Chaiklin, Sharon and Lohn, Ann (eds) (1993) Foundations of Dance/Movement Therapy: The Life and Work of Marion Chase
Schechner, Richard and Appel, Willa (Editors) (1991) By Means of Performance, Intercultural studies of theatre and ritual, Press Syndicate of the University of Cambridge, New York
Shawn, Ted   (1963) Every Little Movement, Dance Horizons
Smith, Jacqueline M. (1985) Dance Composition : A Practical Guide for Teachers, A & C Black, London
Spurgeon, David (1991) Dance Moves. From Improvisation to Dance
Taylor, Margaret Fisk (1967) A Time To Dance - Symbolic movement in worship
Thraves, Barbara and Williamson, Diana (1993) Now for a Dance. Integrating dance and movement in primary and early childhood learning Phoenix Education, Melbourne
Ullman, Lisa (1971) Some Preparatory Stages for the Study of Space Harmony in Art of Movement, Laban Art of Movement Guild
Watzlawick, Paul, Weakland, Ch. E. and Fisch, Richard (1974) Principles of Problem Formation and Problem Resolution
Weiss, Mark L., & Mann, Alan E (1978) Human Biology and Behaviour. An Anthropological Perspective. (2nd Edition)
Wosien, Maria-Gabriele (1974) Sacred Dance - Encounter with the Gods Litvinoff, Valentina (1972) The Use of Stanislavsky Within Modern Dance, American Dance Guild Inc.


  • Meekums, B. (2002). Dance Movement Therapy: a Creative Psychotherapeutic Approach. London: Sage
  • Chodorow, J. (1991). Dance Therapy and Depth Psychology. London
  • Lewis, P. (1984; 1986). Theoretical Approaches in Dance Movement Therapy. Vols I & II, USA: Kendall/Hunt.
  • Payne, H. (ed). (2006). Dance Movement Therapy: Theory, Research and Practice (2nd edn). Tavistock / Routledge.
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  • Stanton-Jones, K. (1992). An Introduction to Dance Movement Therapy in Psychiatry. London: Tavistock/Routledge.
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