Dance movement psychotherapy practice in the UK: Findings from the Arts Therapies Survey 2011

Ania Zubala, Vicky Karkou

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Arts therapies practice in the UK, due to its complexity, is rarely adequately described and what constitutes main features of the professions often remains unclear. A nationwide Arts Therapies Survey was conducted in 2011 with the aim to offer a description of clinical practice with particular emphasis on work with depression. The survey received responses from 395 arts therapists, among whom 36 were dance movement therapists. While complete data from the survey is available elsewhere, this paper presents results particularly relevant to dance movement practitioners and highlights key areas of their practice, including usual work settings, client groups and preferred theoretical approaches. Both quantitative and qualitative data are used to illustrate the points discussed. Additionally, dance movement psychotherapists' responses concerning their work with depression are presented against other arts therapies professions' practice with this condition in the UK. Finally, areas for further research are recommended.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-38
Number of pages18
JournalBody, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 30 May 2014


  • arts therapies
  • clinical practice
  • dance movement psychotherapy
  • depression
  • survey


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