Lilly Wu - MA Dance Movement Psychotherapy graduate

The MA in Dance Movement Psychotherapy programme is at the forefront of innovative practice in recognising the connection between neurology, psychotherapy and Dance Movement Psychotherapy. I have learned a lot of new perspectives and concepts from the programme. 

Fundamental to the programme is the understanding of the body-mind connection and how movement, dance and creativity can bring a more mindful awareness to therapeutic intervention. I am encouraged to explore relationships though the creative elements and interlinking of feeling, gestures, body experience, images, stories and thoughts and how this is experienced in the context of social and power dynamics.

All the modules I have taken supported me in clinical practice and were informed by research and innovative practice. My experience in clinical placement helped me to become a reflective practitioner. It developed my capacity for reflection and critical thinking through practice of the concepts and knowledge of the processes that are embodied in a non-dualistic understanding of the body and the mind. It gave me the understanding of diversity that working in the community demands. This experience provided an opportunity to be sensitive to the client as central to the development of good practice.

I have a greater understanding and knowledge of various aspects of my client populations. I increased my ability to communicate with my client populations and to build up a relationship with them as they are vulnerable adults and have lost the sense of self. Dance Movement Psychotherapy is a healing process for them.

Dancing with people with dementia is one of the most exciting, challenging, and creative area of dance therapy practice for me. Without realizing it at first, these two years abroad helped me to confirm what I was most interested in and wanted to continue in this field in the future. It was a development within my journey through the programme which was not only academic. It was an interaction, engagement and dialogue within myself and clients.

Studying abroad is not only academically and culturally fulfilling, but also fosters personal growth. It allowed me to grow academically as I became conversationally fluent in English. I have made memories and new friends to last me a lifetime. I learned more about English culture and heritage.

Dance Movement Psychotherapy creates the opportunity for them to be creative and expressive. It is important for them to have a sense of who they are, especially for those who have low self-esteem. They can acknowledge the body, increase body awareness and have a positive sense of self. Group DMP promotes positive relationships and self-confidence, and decreases anxiety and stress. Currently, I am working as a Dance Movement Psychotherapist in a Clinical Psychology Support Service and schools, serving Special Educational Needs students.