1st Edition

Creative Bodies in Therapy, Performance and Community Research and Practice that Brings us Home

Edited By Caroline Frizell, Marina Rova Copyright 2023
    220 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    220 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Creative Bodies in Therapy, Performance and Community champions several diverse and innovative approaches in the professional engagement with the creative body as a catalyst for change in therapy, education, somatics and performance.

    With contributors from the wide-ranging fields of performance and visual arts, psychotherapy, dance and somatics, this book articulates practice-based experiences in a creative language. The readers are invited to move from the process of reading, into the experience of being in and making sense of the world through a moving body. The book meanders purposefully through practice-led embodied approaches in research that generate new knowledge, methodological frameworks that have emerged in response to the needs of different contexts, as well as offerring a window on first-hand experience as practice.

    The book will appeal to a wide range of practitioners and trainees in Dance Movement Psychotherapy, arts therapies, counselling and psychotherapy, somatics, community practice and performance.

    Table of contents 

    • List of Figures
    • Acknowledgements
    • List of contributors
    • Foreword: Dr Jill Westwood

    Chapter 1

    Arriving, becoming and arriving again

    Caroline Frizell and Marina Rova


    Chapter 2

    Check- in, please! Exploring movement check-ins as a tool for embodied psychotherapeutic practice

    Heidrun Panhofer


    Chapter 3

    Arts based research and self-reflexive autobiographical performance

    Ditty Dokter


    Chapter 4

    Kinaesthetic entanglements and creative immersion in embodied performance

    Marina Rova


    Chapter 5

    The cat, the foal and other meetings that make a difference: posthuman research that re-animates our responsiveness to knowing and becoming

    Caroline Frizell


    Chapter 6

    Offerings tells the stories of our lives in movement


    Sarah Black – Frizell and Angela Pierre Louis


    Chapter 7

    Lives transformed through dance. The art of dance as a catalyst for personal transformation

    Ellen Steinmuller


    Chapter 8

    Breath, Belly and Back. Dropping Into Body as Ground

    Paul Beaumont


    Chapter 9

    ‘Is that yoga or are you just making it up?’

    Helen Poynor


    Chapter 10

    Being Seen and Seeing Self: framing embodiment

    Claire Burrell


    Chapter 11

    Finding my way home: an embodied journey to building an inclusive dance community

    Juliet Diener


    Chapter 12

    Dancing in the Kitchen: Using Creativity and Embodiment to Promote a Decolonising Approach to Psychotherapy

    Archana Ballal


    Chapter 13

    Sing your way home: Designing a creative group intervention in the women’s prison as a Dance Movement Therapist in Singapore

    Agnes Law


    Chapter 14

    Borderlands: Exploring creativity as a practice of liminality in the arts therapies

    Marina Rova and Marrianne Behm


    Chapter 15

    Indominus Rex; developing mentalisation with offenders through externalisation and creativity in a Dance Movement Psychotherapy Group

    Dawn Batcup


    Chapter 16

    Dancing with Stephen. Working with Profound and Complex Needs

    Goretti Barjacoba-Souto


    Chapter 17

    The Matriarch and the Mollusc

    Caroline Frizell and Helen Poynor


    Chapter 18

    Happening upon a Cobweb

    Caroline Frizell and Marina Rova





    Caroline Frizell, PhD, is senior lecturer and researcher at Goldsmiths, University of London, as well as therapist and supervisor working indoors and out. She is committed to posthuman, eco-feminist perspectives, working at the intersections of Dance Movement Psychotherapy, ecopsychotherapy and critical disability studies.

    Marina Rova, PhD, is programme convenor, lecturer and researcher at Goldsmiths, University of London and co-founder of Arts Minded CIC. Her work is nourished by embodied and relational approaches to knowing and being-in-the-world and led by a curiosity about the developmental, existential and socio-political contexts that shape our narratives.

    ‘Frizell and Rova’s book is fizzing with ideas, thoughts and bodies of all kinds that continually touch, move and morph into new assemblages. The book is unsettling – in the best sense of the word: questioning, probing and deconstructing established binaries and norms, and in the process revealing new vistas of humanity’s capacity for compassion, connection and depth. Reading this book was a stirring experience for me, not dissimilar to that of reading David Abram’s Spell of the Sensuous, which is high praise indeed.’  - Dr Farhad Dalal, psychotherapist, group analyst and author, UK

    ‘Caroline Frizell and Marina Rove have brought together an inspiring collection of voices that weave a picture of contemporary embodied research and practice as creatively, politically, critically and evocatively alive and kicking. As co-editors, authors and co-authors of chapters, they bring a spirit of spontaneity, inclusiveness, warmth and humour to a complex and rigorous intersectional enquiry. The book spans a range of research, theoretical and practical approaches to creative, movement, dance and community psychotherapy, its contributors representing and working with a truly diverse set of people and contexts.  This anthology walks its talk or rather dances it….as the construction of the book, its layers, and the dialogue within and between each chapter, shimmer and resonate. Each chapter takes us through steps of embodied knowing towards transformation that goes beyond the personal and into wider social change.’ - Roz Carroll, psychotherapist, trainer and author, UK

    ‘Self-reflective, experimental and full of warmth, this collaborative book is a welcome example of creative non-fiction that deepens the project of integrating the embodied and the relational.’ - Jane Ryan, Founder and Creative Director of Confer, UK