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About me

I am a registered Dance Movement Psychotherapist (RDMP MA), a Private Practitioner, Clinical Supervisor, Certified Movement Analyst (CMA), and Movement Teacher (DTLLS) (BA hons).

Personal Therapy: I offer individual and group Dance Movement Psychotherapy (DMP) sessions to both adults and children. All sessions are confidential, given face to face and can either be long or short term depending on client needs.

I aim to provide a safe, contained and non-judgemental environment to support and empower an individual in their personal exploration. My theoretical approach is Integrative combining Humanistic, Attachment and Development perspectives and my therapeutic approach aims to help integrate body and mind through verbal and non-verbal communication.

With focus on working with being present in the moment, I encourage creative and spontaneous movement to explore any themes and emotions which may emerge in a session. This exploration of creative potential is useful as both therapeutic tool and a life skill. Learning to understand, trust and follow body signals and impulses can help develop body and emotional awareness and allow opportunities for personal growth and change.

I can help with issues on: loss, stress, anxiety, depression, body image, physical/sexual abuse, relationships, learning disabilities, sensory difficulties, physical disabilities or general personal development.

Please see my website for further information: www.laylasmithpsychotherapy.com

Supervision: I offer individual or small group supervision sessions for therapists, trainee therapists and health care professionals with an interest in an embodied approach.

Movement Teaching: For adults, I provide group or individual sessions in body awareness, movement observation and Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) for professional and personal development.

I also offer supervision of LMA language description, reflections on clinical work and movement observation skills which can help simplify and deconstruct complex movement patterns enabling clarity of intervention within clinical practice.

Please see my website as above for further information.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am an experienced registered Dance Movement Psychotherapist (RDMP MA), a Private Practitioner, Clinical Supervisor, Certified Movement Analyst (CMA) and Movement Teacher (DTLLS) (BA hons). Alongside a private practice, I worked as a Dance Movement Psychotherapist for eight and a half years in secondary care in the NHS; inpatient & community acute adult mental health, continuing care in severe dementia and in primary care, IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies), facilitating groups for people with medically unexplained symptoms.

As a teacher, I facilitate different DMP (Foundation and MA) workshops in higher education. Other clinical experience since 2006 includes: adult and child mental health, severe dementia, acute adult mental health, learning disabilities, chronic depression, medically unexplained symptoms, eating disorders and forensics.

Please see www.laylasmithpsychotherapy.com for further information.

Member organisations


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.

Therapies offered

  • Dance therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Other therapies


Personal Therapy: £60-75/hour individual - please contact me to discuss

Groups: depends on numbers, please contact me to discuss

Supervision: £55-65/hour individual - please contact me to discuss

Groups: depends on numbers and location so please contact me to discuss

A sliding scale for trainees is possible

Movement Teaching: £60/hour individual for LMA & movement observation

Groups: depends on numbers and location so please contact me to discuss

Workshops: will be advertised on my website


Evening and daytime availability

Further information

What is Dance Movement Psychotherapy(DMP)?

DMP is a form of therapy that encourages self-expression, creativity and communication using the body. Within the context of a therapeutic relationship, it uses movement and verbal expression as a way of exploring and working through positive/negative emotional issues and unacknowledged feelings. DMP engages people in an artistic and therapeutic process through which they can discover their own power to symbolise, organise and integrate important life experiences.

Please see my website for more information on session structure.

Key details

Sign language
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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Layla Smith RDMP MA, CMA, DTLLS, BA Hons

Layla Smith RDMP MA, CMA, DTLLS, BA Hons