Beautiful words from dance/movement therapy pioneer Trudi Schoop.

“When I am intensely present in all my multifaceted totality, I feel that I am in balance.  Thus, my approach to my work becomes an ‘attitude’ rather than a ‘treatment.’  The application of any one ‘treatment form’ would get in the way of my trying to understand the un-understandable.  If I face a patient with the freedom of all my capabilities intact, I can more readily detect in him the parts that seem to be intact, as well as those that seem to be different. I can more easily assess the patient’s strengths as well as his weaknesses  I can appreciate the fact that he is always saying something, even when he’s saying nothing. I can feel assured that the patient contains all the same elements or possibilities that we all have; they merely differ in duration, intensity, and arrangement.”

Schoop, T. (2000). Motion and Emotion. American Journal of Dance Therapy. 22 (2), 91-101.  (Original work presented in 1978.)

About emilyadannunzio

Board Certified-Dance/Movement Therapist. Movement Analyst (GL-CMA). Researcher. Dancer. Bartender. Detroit, MI.
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