University of Hertfordshire

Professor Helen Payne


Helen Payne

Professor Helen Payne


Postal address:
University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, Hertfordshire
United Kingdom


Professor Dr Helen Payne, PhD (London) is based at the University of Hertfordshire where she supervises a number of PhD candidates, teaches doctoral/MA and Continuing Professional Development programmes in health and education. Since 1990 she has been accredited as a United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy psychotherapist and is a Fellow of, and Senior Registered dance movement psychotherapist with the Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy/DMP. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, supervises and examines doctoral candidates internationally.

Beginning as a specialist physical educationalist in secondary and special schools/hospitals, for three decades she has pioneered the development of embodied, dynamic Psychotherapy, specifically DMP, starting the professional association, first training, research and publications. Early practice-based research was with children/adolescents with special educational needs, particularly those with communication disorders such as ASD. Recent research has been concerned with personal development groups for post graduate trainees in the psychological therapies, and embodied practice with patients with medically unexplained symptoms in primary care. She has a number of publications including Creative Movement and Dance in Groupwork; A Handbook of Inquiry in the Arts Therapies; DMT: Theory, Research and Practice (volumes one and two); and DMP Supervision. She has managed funded and non-funded research projects using mixed and qualitative methodologies. She is founding editor-in-chief for the international, peer reviewed journal Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy published by Taylor and Francis. Her clinical work with adults, children and adolescents with autism, learning disabilities, behavioural problems and offenders has influenced her approach to DMP, also informed by her extensive research. She has a private practice with groups and individuals. More recently she has founded a University spin-out company Pathways2wellbeing Ltd transferring research into business to deliver a specific treatment approach called The BodyMind Approach in the NHS for patients with medically unexplained symptoms.




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