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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEssentials in dance movement psychotherapy: International perspectives on theory, research and practice
EditorsHelen Payne
Place of PublicationAbingdon
PublisherTaylor & Francis
ISBN (Electronic)978-1315452852
ISBN (Print)978-1138200456
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2017


This chapter reports on outcomes of an initiative based on research undertaken
by the author between 2004 and 2009, and further practice- based evidence,
which supports people with medically unexplained symptoms (MUS) – or
somatic symptom disorder (SSD), as the American Psychiatric Association
update of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders ( DSM -
5) (American Psychiatric Association, 2013 ) terms it – in primary care in a
large home county (region) in NHS England.
Derived from dance movement psychotherapy (DMP) – specifically mindfulness
as expressed in the model of authentic movement – a tailor- made service
for this large population of patients in primary care has been designed
that is first and foremost an embodied group intervention. It is unique in the
UK, being transferred from a university setting to the health service. A university
spin- out is the vehicle for the service delivery called Pathways2Wellbeing.
The outcomes from the delivery of the service reported below are contextualised
by reference to participants’ experiences of the service and facilitators’
reports of cases studies.

Professor Helen Payne, PhD is a UKCP accredited psychotherapist; Fellow ADMPUK and Senior Registered dance movement psychotherapist who helped to pioneer DMP in the UK by leading the development of the professional association, post graduate accredited training, research and publications. She conducts research, supervises PhDs, presents, teaches and examines nationally and internationally. She is the Clinical Manager of The University of Hertfordshire spin-out Pathways2Wellbeing which trains facilitators and delivers services in the NHS employing The BodyMind Approach™ for patients with persistent, physical symptoms which have no medical explanation.


Helen Payne, ‘Reliable change in outcomes from The BodyMind Approach™ with people who have medically unexplained symptoms/ somatic symptom disorder in primary healthcare’, in Helen Payne, ed., Essentials in dance movement psychotherapy: International perspectives on theory, research and practice, (Abingdon: Oxford University Press, 2017), ISBN 978-1138200456, eISBN 978-1315452852.

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