Entering the world: dance movement psychotherapy and the complexity of beginnings with learning disabled clients

Frizell, Caroline. 2017. Entering the world: dance movement psychotherapy and the complexity of beginnings with learning disabled clients. In: Geoffery Unkovich; Céline Buttee and Jacqueline Butler, eds. Dance Movement Psychotherapy with People with Learning Disabilities: Out of the Shadows, into the Light. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 9-21. ISBN 9781138963313 [Book Section]

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This chapter explores beginnings in relation to dance movement psychotherapy with learning-disabled clients. The lived experience of beginning is illustrated by one mother’s story of learning of her child’s diagnosis. This leads us into a discussion of the way in which that initial welcome reflects the social constructs around the conceptof disability. The writing goes on to explore how an understanding of the lived experience of difference manifesting in the lives of learning-disabled people can help therapists to think about their work. Clinical examples bring this to life, illustrating ways in which we might work with the unconscious projections at play and locating the work in a social model of disability.Key words: learning disability; beginnings; dance movement psychotherapy; therapeutic relationship; disability transference; social constructions; unconscious processes;

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earning disability, beginnings, dance movement psychotherapy, therapeutic relationship, disability transference, social constructions, unconscious processes

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Social, Therapeutic & Community Engagement (STaCS)


1 January 2017Accepted
18 May 2017Published

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09 Oct 2019 12:45

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09 Jun 2021 21:25



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