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Empowering people with memory loss through artistic stimulation

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Arts Therapies

Arts psychotherapies, recommended to patients by GPs, care co-ordinators or community mental health teams as treatment for aspects of dementia, use music, art, dance or drama as an enjoyable form of communication and self-expression. Courses of interactive weekly sessions run by professional arts therapists, either one-to-one or in small groups, help people to work through problems through creative expression.

The following professional associations will direct you to specialists in your area: 

Art Psychotherapy involves creating spontaneous images or objects in paint, pastel, pencil, textile or clay as a focus for personal reflection and emotional exploration.
Contact British Association of Art Therapists, 24-27 White Lion Street, London N1 9PD. Telephone: 020 7686 4216. Email:

Dance Movement Psychotherapy enables people to make personal statements and share ideas through rhythm, ritual, storytelling through movement, posture, gesture, mime, movement patterns and shapes.
Contact Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy UK, ADMPUK, 32 Meadfoot Lane, Torquay TQ1 2BW. Email:

Drama Therapy uses action methods, story telling involving improvisation and role-play, to facilitate creativity and imagination.
Contact: British Association of Drama Therapists, Waverley, Battledown Approach, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL52 6RE. Telephone: 01242 235515. Email:

Music Therapy encourages people to find their ‘voice’ through spontaneous music-making. The therapist, a skilled musician, accompanies and supports the client. Listening to each other, they develop an improvised musical dialogue. 
Contact: British Association for Music Therapy, 24 – 27 White Lion Street, London N1 9PD. Telephone: 020 7837 6100.  Email:

Postgraduate Arts Psychotherapy Courses:

Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London: MA and PgDip in Drama and Movement Therapy MA ad PgDip..

Goldsmiths, University of London: Art Therapy MA, MRes; Dance Movement Psychotherapy PhD, MPhil.

Guildhall School of Music and Drama: Music Therapy MA.

Institute for Art in Therapy Education, London: Integrative Arts Psychotherapy MA.

Nordoff-Robbins, London: Music Therapy PhD, MPhil, MMT.

Roehampton University: Dance Movement Psychotherapy MA, Dramatherapy MA and PgDip; Music Therapy MA, PgDip,

Anglia Ruskin University: Dramatherapy MP; Music Therapy MA.

Birmingham City University: Art Therapy ‘Art Health and Wellbeing’ MA.

Bristol, University of the West: Dramatherapy MA; Music Therapy MA

Dance Voice, UK: Dance Movement Psychotherapy MA (CCCU).

University of Derby: Art Therapy MA; Dance Movement Psychotherapy MA, Dramatherapy MA.

University of Hertfordshire: Art Therapy MA.

University of Wales, Newport: Art Psychotherapy MA; Music Therapy MA

University of Worcester: Dance Therapy PgDip, PgCert; Dramatherapy MA.

Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh: Dance Movement Psychotherapy MSc, Music Therapy MSc.


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65 King's Cross Road

Telephone: 020 7239 4954

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