Geoffery Unkovich

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Stoke-Sub-Hamdon, Somerset, TA14
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

My practice is outdoors and online.

If some of the following words are confusing please do ask me to say them in a different way with you.

I am an integrative dance movement psychotherapist registered with the Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy UK (ADMP UK) and have 18yrs experience in a range of settings. I am a registered private practitioner and clinical supervisor with ADMP UK. I have had 16yrs experience as a senior lecturer in DMP at the University of Roehampton, plus teaching at Goldsmiths college, and in Croatia, Romania and Kyiv.

My integrative practice is informed by theories about social relationships, family systems, individual worldviews, gender and sexual identity or orientation, and ecotherapy. 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 dance movement psychotherapist I have a great interest in what we say with and without words, so in therapy sessions we can dance/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 have also taught on dance movement psychotherapy training programmes in Croatia, Romania and the Ukraine.

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Fees

£45.00 - £60.00
Free initial online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed
  • Refugees

Additional information

Individual sessions: Between £45 and £60 for one hour online session, or for one hour outdoor session.

Do not be discouraged by fees. If you are in financial struggles we can discuss the options.

When I work

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Morning
Afternoon
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I am available for in-person (outdoor) or online individual sessions between 9.30am and 7.00pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday.

Further information

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 co-founder of the LGBTQ+ practitioners network for ADMP UK, and am co-founder of aRTSjAM an Arts Therapies improvisation collaborative.

Publications:

Unkovich, G. (2023) Metaphoric synchrony in the development of an outdoor dance movement psychotherapy practice,Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy Journal.

Unkovich, G. (2022) Dancing at 6:64. Relational-biographies for philosophical clarity of a dance movement psychotherapist. Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy Journal.

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

Stoke-Sub-Hamdon, Somerset, TA14

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Organisations

Key details

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On commencing with new clients I will be working OUTDOORS (near Yeovil) and online.

Online platforms

Skype
Zoom

Supervision

In person
Online

I can supervise dance movement psychotherapists and other practitioners eager to explore embodied relationships in therapeutic work.

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