F. Sophie Barthel
(+44) 7939 144610
My approach to therapy is integrative and humanistic while employing Dance Movement Psychotherapy techniques.
Dance Movement Psychotherapy (DMP) is one of the arts therapies. It is based on the principal that how we move reflects and impacts on our emotional processes and thinking patterns. A dance movement psychotherapist will encourage the client to develop and integrate new movement patterns together with emotional changes. This means that a holistic and creative approach is used in helping to find ways of dealing with psychological problems and everyday challenges.
I have found that working with the body (through approaches such as mindfulness, somatic experiencing and embodiment) to be effective in uncover solutions to our problems, often in direct and surprising ways.
My specialist area is in treating eating disorders and trauma. Body orientated approaches are particularly useful here, because eating disorder and trauma related symptoms affect and are experienced in the body, for example racing heart, shallow breathing, a knot in the stomach, tightness in the chest, changes in body temperature etc – so it makes sense to work with the body first to help the client learn how to calm their nervous system and build resources. In addition, the techniques are a great way to support a better relationship to body image. A body orientated approach is also useful for other difficulties, such as anxiety, bereavement, depression or a feeling of stuckness in ones life and a desire for change.
When words are not enough, movement and the practice of 'authentic movement' can be powerful modes for expression, integration and self discovery.
During the initial session we will clarify what you are hoping to gain from therapy and the issues that you want to address. It is also an opportunity for you to see whether my approach is right for you.
Training, qualifications & experience
Dr Sophie Barthel (BSc, MA, MSc, PhD, RDMP) is specialised in working with the following client groups:
- Eating disorders
- Trauma (PTSD)
- Adult mental health
- Learning disabilities
- Children and adolescents
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Eating disorders
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
My standard fee is £60 for a 50 minute individual session. I am always willing to agree a lower fee which reflects a client's financial circumstances.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client