All About Bridget Poulter

Qualifications:

MA in Dance Movement Psychotherapy (Goldsmiths College, University of London);

Diploma in Creative Approaches to Clinical Supervision (cross-modality) from The London Centre for Psychodrama (UKCP accredited programme);

CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Skills;

L6 Introduction to CBT Skills for IAPT (University of Hertfordshire);

L1 Sherborne Developmental Movement – Sherborne Foundation;

L3 Teaching Exercise and Dance to Music to Adults – YMCA/Keep Fit Association

‘Love To Move’ Licensed Deliverer – British Gymnastic Foundation

 

Professional Registers:

Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy UK (ADMP UK) – Registered DMP and Private Practitioner; Professional Development Committee member.

Trainee member UKCP – in process of applying for individual membership.

Keep Fit Association teacher based on Laban Movement

‘Love To Move’ licensed deliverer: British Gymnastics Foundation

Services you offer:

Individual or small group Dance Movement Psychotherapy sessions.

Body stories: creative therapeutic movement and dance based on Laban Movement and Dance Movement Psychotherapy techniques to expand awareness, expression and creativity.

Moving Through Menopause – a structured programme exploring psychological, emotional and physical issues affecting women facing this intensely personal but universal life stage as an alternative to pharmacological intervention. Involves creative expression using a mix of art, movement, music, myth and more. Suitable for groups or one to one. Minimum of 6 weeks.

Egyptian bellydance for exercise and wellbeing (traditional-style folk-based dance).

‘Love To Move’ sessions – LTM is a unique blend of physical activities and cognitive exercise devised by the British Gymnastics Foundation, initially aimed at supporting people living with dementia to help maintain or improve fine motor skills and cognitive function. I have adapted elements for people living with MS focusing on creativity, sense of self-agency and identity.

 

Working hours:

Currently available: Monday afternoons, Wednesday afternoons, Thursday mornings

 

A little bit about me:

Dance Movement Psychotherapy honours the body and body movement as implicit and explicit tools for communication: we first learn to explore the world and each other through our bodies. DMP draws on the body-mind-spirit connection to help individuals gain insight into relationship and life difficulties to achieve integration and healing. It is particularly helpful with reducing anxiety, supporting positive body image, reconciling attachment issues, and improving confidence and identity. As DMP is an embodied process it is also valuable for people holding trauma, loss or other experience held in the body, enabling unconscious thoughts and feelings into awareness, in a safe, contained way.

I trained as a DMP after teaching Egyptian bellydance to women of all ages, recognising how movement and the body unlocks both body stories, empowers, and facilitates change. DMP is a creative arts psychotherapy like art, drama or music which maybe more well known. It is based on a body of evidence and theory from verbal psychotherapy modalities, as well as specific research into its application and benefits. Neuro-science now supports DMP core elements of attunement, kinaesthetic empathy and embodied expression. Sessions involve talk/verbalisation but, clients are also invited to explore thoughts and feelings with guided and improvised movement and gesture, alongside mindfulness or somatic experiencing techniques. No formal dance experience is need – it’s not a dance class – simply curiosity about accessing the body’s wisdom.

I have a particular interest in working with woman facing menopause and living with long-term chronic illness including MUS, MS and other auto-immune conditions.

As I love camping, the Yurt,at The Happy Body Project, feels a happy place for mine.

Email: bridgetdmp@gmail.com

 

Mobile: 07766 086183

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