I am an integrative psychotherapist registered with the Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy UK (ADMP UK) and have 14yrs experience in a range of settings. I am a registered private practitioner and clinical supervisor with ADMP UK. I am also a senior lecturer and programme co-convener in DMP at the University of Roehampton.
My integrative practice is informed by theories related to social relationships, family systems, individual worldviews, gender and sexual identity or orientation. This includes my interest in humanistic, existential, systemic, person-centred, and queer theory perspectives. My integrative approach supports people to maintain their individual identity, while exploring possibilities for the shared creation of mutually supportive relationships. From moment to moment our lives are shaped by choices made and expressed in verbal and non-verbal communication; these interactions are shaped by cultural perceptions of gender definitions that limit or strengthen our individual identity. My intent is to empower those I meet to explore choices available and how these choices shape their space in the world, while acknowledging their versatility of expression and identity.
Being a movement practitioner I have a great interest in what we say with and without words, so in therapy sessions we can move and talk, work with images, memories, and daily life to discover something of how you/we have come to this moment.
I received my license to practice in 2005 and was awarded a MA DMP by the University of Roehampton in 2007. My clinical practice has included 11 years with adults with learning disabilities and complex needs, plus with children with special needs, LGBT adults, with elders in a residential setting and in dance education.
My previous professional experience is in dance performance and education, and in mental health support work.
Training, qualifications & experience
Post Graduate Diploma in Dance Movement Therapy
MA Dance Movement Therapy
Post Graduate Certificate in Education,
Dance Movement Psychotherapy supervision University of Roehampton.
Additional training workshops in working with Male Victims of Male Sexual Violation with Survivors UK.
Mental Health support for the LGBT+ community is of great interest to me.
I also teach on dance movement psychotherapy training programmes in Croatia, Romania and the Ukraine.
Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy UK
ADMP UK is the professional organisation for the profession for Dance Movement Psychotherapy in the United Kingdom.
They aim to support the development of DMP in the UK and internationally; foster communication among Dance Movement Psychotherapists (DMPs); and promote the use of DMP throughout the United Kingdom and abroad.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Individual sessions: Between £35 and £55 for one hour online session
Do not be discouraged by fees. If you are in financial struggles we can discuss the options.
Concessions offered for
I was a council member of the Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy UK for four years; being chair of council for two years of my tenure. I was a member of the ADMP UK Professional Development Committee for three years, and a member of the Education and Training Committee.
I am a founding member of the DMPLD Network, a special interest group for registered DMP practitioners who work in learning disability settings. I am a co-founder of aRTSjAM an Arts Therapies improvisation collaborative.
Unkovich, G. (2018). Orientating myself: a gay dance movement psychotherapist’s gender experience in training and practice. Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy Journal
Unkovich, G., Butté. C. & Butler, J. (eds) (2017) ‘Dance Movement Psychotherapy with People with Learning Disabilities: Out of the shadows, into the light’. London: Routledge
Butté. C., G. Unkovich., & D. Whelan. (2012) ‘Turning, listening, moving closer, as you speak, when you dance’. Arts Therapies for adults with profound and complex needs in P, Lacey (ed) ‘Life is for Living’ PMLDLink Journal Spring 2012
Butté. C. & G, Unkovich. (2009) ‘When disabilities disappear. Foundations of Dance Movement Psychotherapy practice in Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities’ in T, French & C, Frizell (eds) e-motion ADMP UK Quarterly Vol XIX No 2. Summer 2009 http://www.admt.org.uk/documents/09Summer1.pdf