Staff profile

Sally Reid

Lecturer in Therapeutic Arts


Therapeutic Arts


College of Arts, Humanities and Education


School of Arts


Britannia Mill, Derby Campus



As a Lecturer in Therapeutic Arts I teach and lead on modules within the MA course in Dance Movement Psychotherapy and previously on the BA Joint Honours course in Dance and Movement Studies. I have been a lecturer at the University since September 2017. 

I am a registered Dance Movement Psychotherapist (accredited by ADMP UK) and as such, I am aware of how expression and communication through movement and dance can support the release of implicit body memories.  As part of ADMP UK, an organisational member within the Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy College (HIPC) of UKCP, I focus on developing the relational process to bring together the emotional, cognitive, physical, social and spiritual aspects of my client’s and trainee DMP’s while encouraging independence that challenges their potential. 

I am qualified as a clinical supervisor and use various creative methods to support trainees in their clinical placement work with different client populations.  I am always inspired by the unique qualities, skills and experiences each student brings to the course and particularly enjoy supporting students within their independent scholarship.

Teaching responsibilities

I am Programme Leader for the MA Dance Movement Psychotherapy. I teach and lead across all modules, covering topics such as movement observation and analysis, arts-based research methods and clinical practice.

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and I have a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

I liaise with the Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy (ADMP) UK through the Education and Training Committee (ETC) on aspects such as course requirements and re-accreditation.

Professional interests

As an active member of the ADMP-UKCP Accreditation Committee, I co-manage applications and accreditation for UKCP through ADMP UK.  I have previously been a member of the Education and Training Committee where I maintained an overview of the training requirements and recommendations within my accrediting body.

I am certified as a Kestenberg Movement Profile (KMP) Analyst and Trainer. I apply this tool to my clinical work, where in-depth observation and analysis of movement qualities allow me to identify emotional and physical experiences held in the body.

I am a trainee Practitioner in Zero Balancing, a therapeutic system using specific touch that integrates Eastern principles of energy and healing with Western models.

I have previously provided psychotherapy support for elderly clients with dementia, adults receiving palliative care for terminal illness and pre-school children with attachment difficulties.

I enjoy opportunities to practice the use of Authentic Movement.

Research interests

My current research interests will consider embodied oppression and trauma as experienced by the most vulnerable and marginalised individuals within our society. I would like my research to develop into an exploration of transgenerational trauma implicitly held within the body and reflected in movement, and how this presents itself in the therapeutic relationship as a reflection of the societal impact this has for the individual.

Membership of professional bodies


Experience in industry

My current clinical work as a DMP is within a charity where I provide on-going psychotherapy support for young people (ages 11 to 20) with diverse and complex psychological, emotional, physical and social needs. I have supported those with anxiety, low self-esteem, depression, eating disorders, autism, OCD, self-harm, suicidal ideation, trauma, loss/bereavement and physical/psychological abuse. I am also developing my work with individuals struggling with an eating disorder and the comorbidities that accompany this.

My previous psychotherapy work has been with elderly clients experiencing dementia, and other underlying difficulties including death anxiety, Parkinson’s disease, schizoaffective disorder, mania, and macular degeneration. Also, with adults receiving palliative care for terminal illness and pre-school children with attachment difficulties. I have delivered in-service training for primary school teaching staff on how to support different attachment styles.

My previous teaching experience involved science teaching for 11- to 18-year-old students with social, emotional, behavioural, and/or medical difficulties. My teaching and learning responsibility as the Pupil Premium Lead within a pupil referral unit allowed me to identify and support vulnerable students, providing interventions and strategies for personal development and progress.

International experience

I have been teaching the 90 hours KMP certification course (online) to students in Beijing, China.

Additional interests and activities

I enjoy spending time with my family and, as well as watching dance performances, I regularly practise various dance techniques particularly contemporary dance and capoeira. I have achieved awards in Latin American and ballroom dancing. I also enjoy cycling, walking, swimming, running, squash and badminton. I enjoy opportunities to visit different cities and countries where I can experience the culture.