Gerry Harrison

Gerry Harrison – Bio


Gerry states: “I began my career nursing – I was a ward sister in acute psychiatry and involved in Cognitve Behaviour Therapy. I studied Dance Movement Therapy at Roehampton University, in South West London, where amongst other lecturers who inspired me, Dr Marcia Leventhal’s approach resonated with me the most. I graduated from there in 1991. My contact with her has been ongoing, and I am very influenced by her teachings. Since graduating, I have worked extensively in psychiatry, both in in-patient and day facilities – often introducing DMT for the first time. I have worked in acute and long-stay areas, and with the elderly and young people. Specialist populations include eating disorders and mother and baby units as well as working with those who self harm. I also hold a visiting lecturer position at Roehampton University, where my teaching responsibilities include the psychopathology module. In addition, I have created links in the dance performance world, and have worked as a creative consultant with, for example, the physical theatre company – DV8”.

Thematic Unfolding – Movement Therapy on a specialist self harm unit

Edition: 2006 Vol. 5 Nos. 3-4

Mental health facility, touch, movement improvisation, “The five part session”, research, Thematic Unfolding Evaluation Model

An audit project conducted as a pilot study on a specialist Crisis Recovery Unit by DMT Gerry Harrison, is described from it’s inception, development and thematic unfolding of six sessions of Movement Therapy. Voluntary group attendance by clients over the course of their six-month stay on the unit was documented, along with the ‘Mixed Methods Approach involving quantitative and qualitative data. Each week is descriptively outlined with vignettes from the sessions. Working with interpersonal relationships was the central theme explored during the study in accordance with the focus of the therapeutic community intention of the unit. (p 7-12)

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