About Movement Psychotherapy

We are committed to safe and effective therapy that acknowledges the importance of non-verbal expression and the sensing body. Moving Forth’s body oriented psychotherapy model combines creative embodiment work with body-mind practice informed by neurobiological research and practice (Pat Ogden, Allan Schore, Dan Siegel) for effective trauma treatment.  Movement Psychotherapy can help with a range of issues:

What we offer

Moving Forth offers individual sessions. Group work may be offered in the future.  Our therapeutic service assists you in breaking negative patterns of behaviour, raising awareness of your sensing body and accompanying thought processes.  We combine embodied awareness, verbal psychotherapy, creative movement activities, relaxation exercises and utilise emerging imagery and metaphors with the aim of promoting sustained healing. Your life’s puzzle will begin to make sense and your mind and body will work more effectively together.

What to expect

The first 2 to 3 sessions with the therapist offer you an initial assessment to consider your therapeutic aims, identify possible areas of central concern, and allow you to get a picture of the movement psychotherapy approach. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and decide whether Moving Forth’s creative body oriented psychotherapy is suitable for you.

Every session is tailored to your individual needs. Gentle movement is encouraged, although not obligatory. It is helpful if you wear clothing that enables you to undertake a range of movement activities.

To gain some lasting benefit it is recommended you attend weekly sessions for a minimum of six weeks.  At this point you can choose to continue or not, and identify some clear therapeutic goals.

Contact the therapist

Susan is qualified to provide individual and group therapy with children, young people and adults. Susan has practice experience with people presenting a range of mild to complex health issues, including bi-polar disorder, depression, anxiety, eating disorders and more.  Susan also has skills in trauma therapy.

Susan Scarth

MCAT (Masters in Creative Arts Therapies), RDMP (Registered Private Practitioner and Supervisor), UKCP (registered with UK Council for Psychotherapy), CMA (Certified Movement Analyst), SP (Sensorimotor Psychotherapist level 1)

E: susan@movingforth.org

T: 07962 814 630

History of Body Oriented Psychotherapy

The study of the importance of non-verbal communication has been present in the field of psychology, ethnology and sociology for over a century.  Pierre Janet (1859-1947) philosopher, medical doctor and hypnotherapist realised that ‘moving with’ the client was effective and he recognised the value of encouraging the patient to ‘act out’ their experiences to free themselves of the anxiety and depressions that were prevailing inside them (Ogden, P. 2006).  The power of action over words impacts our relationships in all contexts. John Bowlby and Donald Winnicott, both paediatricians and psychoanalysts between1930 – 1970s, recognised the importance of the nurturing environment and how mirroring the infant’s non-verbal communication through play encouraged confidence and facilitated learning. In the 1990s Allan Schore, psychiatrist, neuroscientist and psychoanalyst, published seminal works based on extensive research into brain development of the human infant.  His discoveries acknowledge the inter-relationship between the quality of physical interaction and emotional processing abilities in the brain.  Schore actively promotes a new paradigm for ‘relational psychotherapy’ where the therapist is actively engaged in the non-verbal, right brain, creative interaction of the developing relationship between client and therapist.  The primary relationship between caregiver and infant explored through movement, rhythm and play is key to a person’s physical and mental health (Trevarthen 2012, Stern 2004). Body oriented psychotherapy explores the primary relationship in the here and now as the relationship between client and therapist emerges.

Significant Influences


Further Reading

Studd, K. and Cox, L. (2013) EveryBody is a Body. US: Dog Ear Publishing

Pert, C.B. (1997) Molecules of Emotion – why you feel the way you feel. London: Simon and Schuster Inc.

Todd, M. (1937,1968) The Thinking Body. US: Dance Horizons

Hackney, P. (1998) Making Connections: Total body integration through Bartenieff Fundamentals. London: Routledge

Ogden, P., Minton, K. and Pain, C. (2006) Trauma and the Body: A sensorimotor approach to psychotherapy. US: W. W. Norton &Company Inc.

Sherborne, V. (1990) Developmental Movement for Children: mainstream, special needs and pre-school. UK: Cambridge University Press

Schore, A. (2012) The Science of the Art of Psychotherapy. US: W. W. Norton & Company Inc.

Tortora, S (2006). The Dancing Dialogue Using the Communicative Power of Movement with Young Children. US: Paul H Brookes


The Arts in Psychotherapy, published by Elsevier: US

Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy, published by Taylor & Frances: UK