Approaches used in dance/movement therapy with adult women incest survivors

Abstract

Little has been written about dance/movement therapy approaches used in assisting adult women incest survivors in their recovery. Five San Francisco Bay area dance/movement therapists, who specialize in this population, were interviewed. Each therapist answered five open-ended questions about her background and theoretical framework, approaches used, and issues observed. The answers revealed a high degree of congruence with each other and with current incest literature. Four therapists used some type of Jungian, Gestalt, or Authentic Movement framework, and one used Blanche Evan's constructs. Issues of assertiveness, body image, sexuality, and boundaries were common themes. Safety, trust, and shame issues were stressed by all therapists.

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This article grew out of Dance/Movement coursework performed under the direction of Dr. Cynthia Berrol at California State University, Hayward. I gratefully acknowledge each of the interviewed therapists for their time, enthusiasm, and helpful editing changes: Tina Stromsted, Tannis Hugill, Sandy Dibbell-Hope, Anandha Ray, and Bonnie Bernstein. I thank Dr. Cynthia Berrol for her valuable editing and re-editing, encouragement, and, above all, her confidence, and Leigh Halloweigh, PT, MS, for her time, suggestions, and interest.

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Ambra, L.N. Approaches used in dance/movement therapy with adult women incest survivors. Am J Dance Ther 17, 15–24 (1995). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02251323

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Keywords

  • Social Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Body Image
  • Common Theme
  • Adult Woman