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Dance Movement Psychotherapy

Dance Movement Psychotherapy

“Dr Allegranti has astute therapeutic ‘sensors’ that surprise me and lift others. Her interventions are bold, embodied and political. In our collaborative therapeutic work on loss she was willing to put herself on the line, speaking, moving and writing in response to her own losses in a manner that gave space to the group. She presented ideas and processes with clarity and sensitivity, aware always of the ‘temperature’ of the room and the need for appropriate pace and pitch”. Dr Jonathan Wyatt, Director of Counselling and Psychotherapy, University of Edinburgh.

As a UKCP registered practitioner and clinical supervisor, Beatrice is a leader in the field of Dance Movement Psychotherapy (DMP) having introduced a feminist post humanist approach – with particular attention to how our unique and intersectional ‘body politics’ influence the therapeutic relationship. Since 2004, a further contribution to the profession has been Beatrice’s development of a relationship between DMP and cognitive neuroscience. Beatrice’s ongoing workshops and research publications address all these aspects.

 

Over the past twenty years, Beatrice’s clinical experience has involved facilitating therapy groups and one-to-one therapy within a wide range of settings: in outpatient adult mental health within the UK National Health System, for elderly adults with dementia in hospitals and assessment centers, with children who have a wide range of special educational needs as well as those on the autistic spectrum, with adults who have special educational needs, with Palestinian and Israeli adolescents who have experienced trauma as a result of living in conflict zones and across a variety of community contexts in the UK. Beatrice is also an experienced facilitator for staff development and training as has worked with teachers, nurses, doctors, social workers, occupational therapists, actors, dancers and directors.

 

Beatrice has a small private practice in London as a dance movement psychotherapist and clinical supervisor. Over the past fifteen years, Beatrice has contributed to the Association of Dance Movement Psychotherapy UK (ADMPUK-UKCP) by sitting on a variety of committees including the Training and Educational Committee and the Professional Development Committee. During this time Beatrice has co-authored documentation shaping DMP policy in the UK.

 

MA/PhD Dance Movement Psychotherapy Training

Beatrice holds the first UK position of Reader in Dance Movement Psychotherapy at the University of Roehampton. In 2011 Beatrice founded and now directs the Centre for Arts Therapies Research, in the department of psychology at the University of Roehampton overseeing PhD research across all five arts therapies (Dance, Music, Play, Art, Drama).

Over the past 20 years Beatrice has been convener for the MA in Dance Movement Psychotherapy at the University of Roehampton, London where she has authored the programme, teaches and oversees its delivery.

UK and international invitations to teach her DMP work include: Sesame at London School of Speech and Drama; Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility UK; The Polish Institute for DMT, Warsaw; Codarts, Rotterdam; The Theatre Academy, Helskinki, The Grieg Academy of Music, Bergen.

 

Useful Links

MA Dance Movement Psychotherapy at MA Dance Movement Psychotherapy at Roehampton

Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy UK

Centre for Arts Therapies Research 

Photo: Neil Max Emmanuel