Dr Allison Bakari-Singer
PhD, MMus, RDMP, RDTh, BWY Dip.
I am a UKCP/ADMP Registered Dance Movement Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor; HCPC/BADTh registered Dramatherapist; and British Wheel of Yoga registered Yoga Teacher. I am also a Dance Anthropologist and Ethnomusicologist. I have been using the creative arts to create possibilities for change with people of all ages and abilities for nearly 35 years.
I have a passionate belief in the integration of the creative arts within a psychotherapeutic context to provide opportunities for self-understanding and change, where words are important but not enough. I adopt a multi-modal and integrative approach to my work. I provide a space which is calm, nurturing, creative and playful where you, the client, are given the opportunity to explore and discover new possibilities for the difficulties you may be experiencing.
I work with adults and children with a wide range of difficulties including anxiety, chronic illness, depression, loss and bereavement and relational problems. I also run retreats, women’s groups, personal and professional development workshops and training, and conferences; and offer research and consultancy. My previous experience includes working with refugee and internally displaced children and their families; elderly people; people with dementia; and adults and children with mild to profound and complex learning difficulties, physical disabilities and challenging behaviors.
My initial training was in Theatre and Yoga and I worked for many years as a Community Artist and Yoga Teacher before becoming an Arts Psychotherapist. I trained as a Drama and Movement Therapist with the Sesame Institute/Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London and then received a scholarship to undertake a PhD in Dance Ethnography at De Montfort University. My PhD integrates Dance Anthropology and Dance Movement Psychotherapy and focuses on the interrelationships between dance, movement, story, visual imagery and folk arts in psychosocial work with war-affected refugee and internally displaced children and their families in a post-conflict zone. I also hold an MMus in Ethnomusicology majoring in North Indian Classical singing and vocal improvisation. I integrate all of these skills and experiences into my therapeutic work.
Alongside my therapy work, I am a supervisor for Arts Therapists, Arts in Health Professionals and Arts Therapy Trainees and the Founder and Director of the North East Arts Therapies group (NEAT). I have led and taught on several MA Arts Therapy and Arts in Health professional training programmes in the UK and was a Co-Director of the Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy (ADMP) (2009-13). I am a published researcher and regularly contribute chapters to edited collections, and papers to national and international conferences and symposia. I am the Founder, Director and a Senior Therapist at York Dance Movement Psychotherapy Centre.