Dance movement psychotherapy for couples (DMP-C): systematic treatment guidelines based on a wide-ranging study

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A new body of knowledge, growing out of the clinical and research fields, has been developing in recent years in the area of dance-movement psychotherapy for couples (DMP-C). Formulation of an intervention protocol based on a systematic review of theories and research is crucial to scientifically establishing the field and to implementing research findings in clinical practice. The present article reviews the results of a comprehensive qualitative research study in DMP-C, which addresses the following topics: couple intake, expectations of couples seeking therapy, a projective identification mechanism in the couple relationship, desires and expectations in the sexual relationship, synchrony in the non-verbal relationship, somatic mirroring, and kinaesthetic empathy in the couple relationship. Based on the findings of the research, a systematic intervention protocol for couples psychotherapy through movement and dance has been developed; its unique contribution will be examined alongside other interventions in couples therapy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)204-217
Number of pages14
JournalBody, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2 Oct 2019

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  • Couple therapy
  • dance movement psychotherapy (DMP)
  • embodied knowledge
  • implicit knowledge
  • systematic treatment guideline

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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