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Theresa Messenger

M.A. Dance Movement Psychotherapy                                                                                                                                                             

Evolve Movement Therapy was born out of an intention to make Dance and Movement and Therapy accessible to people in all walks of life.

So how did I get here? Maybe it is useful to break it down:

Dance – Well, Dance is universal, and it is something I have always loved. It is in my blood. Over the years I have enjoyed dancing for fun, learning to dance Jive andScreen Shot 2015-09-29 at 18.50.14 Screen Shot 2015-11-27 at 19.29.06Salsa, dancing *Gabrielle Roth’s 5 Rhythms, reading about dance, attending dance events and performances, discovering more about the medium of dance as art and as therapy and more recently, qualifying with the Laban Guild as a Dance Leader in the community.

Movement – Movement is interchangeable with dance, I am happiest when I am moving whether that is through walking, my regular Yoga practice, in my earlier years as a budding gymnast or somatically when I am meditating – noticing the movement of my breath and the interaction with the body, establishing an inner cropped-img_1516.jpgawareness that creates a balance with the mind.

Psychotherapy/Therapy – I have a long-held fascination for how the psyche works. I care about humanity and how we as a race function within our many different cultures and how we construct society. I pondered (and walked) many different paths before deciding on a career in psychiatry.

I spent fifteen years as a mental health nurse learning about human behaviour, the effects of a fragile mind and the myriad treatments. Curious about the ‘talking therapies,’ I studied Group Therapy and Individual Therapy and became a nurse therapist working with a variety of clients, including people with stress related problems, addictions, eating disorders and those with acute mental health issues.

Finding a training that put all three things into a context that I could relate to led me to gaining a Master of Arts in Dance Movement Psychotherapy at Roehampton University in 2010.

I have worked in many different private and public settings, with children and with adults and I have performed in a recent award-winning research project on bereavement and loss “Your Story Calls me” (www.beatriceallegranti.com) and a performance platform in collaboration with the Mental Health Foundation “Holding The Body in Mind” (www.movingthroughlife.co.uk).

In addition, along with Dance Movement Psychotherapist Erin Olivia Shanks, I was invited to collaborate with members of the Northern Ireland Institute of Human Relations Art Project, to produce a short film based on the embodied impact and effects of emotional trauma experienced by a young girl,  (www.niihr.org) The film and a paper was presented at the first all Ireland Dance Conference “Co-Motion”on the weekend of  25th and 26th October 2019.


*The practice of the five rhythms is said by Gabrielle Roth to put the body in motion in order to still the mind. The five rhythms (in order) are flowing, staccato, chaos, lyrical, and stillness. The five rhythms, when danced in sequence, are known as a “Wave.” A typical Wave takes about an hour to dance.[3]