Moving Forth

Movement Psychotherapist

Susan Scarth Portrait

Susan Scarth MCAT  RDMP UKCP  CMA  Dip. Sup

Susan has over 28 years experience of working as a Movement Psychotherapist and applying the model to a variety of client needs. Starting life as a social worker with a particular interest in mental health, developing community rehabilitation projects for people surviving strokes, followed by a period in psychiatric nursing and community mental health care, Susan embarked on her dance movement therapy career with adults with visual impairment and other disadvantageous conditions. She was inspired by a residential week with MotionHouse Dance Company, when dance and contact improvisation was introduced to people who rarely left their wheelchairs. This world of possibilities led Susan to train as a Dance Movement Therapist at the Laban Centre, London (1990), later  completing the Certificate in Movement Analysis from the Laban/Bartenieff Institute for Movement Analysis in New York (2008). Susan’s MA thesis concentrated on women escaping violent relationships, which has led to a long-term interest in developing accessible and relevant services to support men and women survivors of abuse and neglect. In 2009 she completed Level 1 of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy training from the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute (SPI USA) and Trauma Training in Scotland (TTiS).  This latest study has deepened Susan’s understanding of how the bodymind is affected by trauma.

Susan gained the Certificate in Reflective Practice and Creative Supervision in 2014, and is currently engaged in the Body Mind Centring training.

Susan combines the Movement Psychotherapy practice with teaching internationally and being pro-active in the Dance Movement Therapy profession in Europe. She was President of the European Association Dance Movement Therapy (EADMT) and continues her work with the training standards working group.

Susan is a named councillor with the Joshua Nolan foundation, who provides funding towards counselling and psychotherapy.


 Julie Chilvers

julieBSc. Psychol., CMA, BA, Movement Coach/Pilates Instructor, Dance Artist/Facilitator

Julie has held a key responsibility for the Laban Bartenieff Movement Studies (LBMS) Certificate Programme and introductory courses (Talking Bodies). In 2014 Julie was awarded the title of Certified Movement Analyst (CMA) as one of Moving Forth’s first graduates of the LBMS Certificate Programme in Edinburgh. She combines her practice as dance facilitator with her new skills  as a CMA and offers Movement Coaching sessions to small groups and individuals.

Julie is a professional contemporary dance artist, teacher and facilitator working with children and adults with additional support needs. She teaches movement awareness, dance-fitness and beginners Pilates individually and in small groups.


Fiona Connell Links Bookkeeping.

Vivienne Ross Accountant

The Board of Trustees

Janet Halton, Chairperson – Music Therapist, Executive Director Nordoff Robbins Scotland

Janet is originally from the USA and studied music and psychology at Boston University. She qualified as a music therapist in 1993 from Roehampton Institute, London, and subsequently worked for a number of years in the South East of England, primarily with adults with learning disabilities. She joined Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy in Scotland in 1999 and has worked with a wide range of clients over the years, most recently focusing on work with individuals on the autistic spectrum. Janet was appointed Executive Director of Nordoff Robbins Scotland in 2007; and she has been involved with Moving Forth since its inception in 2013. She lives in Edinburgh with her husband and two children.



Colin Ross – retired Business Development Manager for IBM

Simon Marshall – Art Psychotherapist NHS North Ayrshire & NHS Lothian, The Rivers Centre

Vivienne Ross – Company Accountant