ARBN 633105736

Sandra Kay Lauffenburger

Sandra Kay Lauffenburger – Bio


Sandra Kay Lauffenburger, Prof. Member DTAA, Bachelor of Social Science (Hons, Psychology) Dip. (Adult Psych), Dip. DMT (IDTIA), Registered Somatic Movement Therapist (ISMETA), Registered Psychotherapist (PACFA), Professional Member (ANZAP, AASPDip). Sandra has worked in private practice for 20+ years. She specializes in working with personality disorders, chronic pain, trauma, anxiety/depression, and grounds her movement work in Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) and her psychological framework in Self-Psychology (Kohut). She teaches LMA and Bartenieff Fundamentals (BFs) as well as Developmental Issues for the Grad. Dip. (Dance Therapy & Counselling) at the Wesley Institute, Sydney; develops LMA and BF workshops and training for particular populations and specialties, and lectures in self- psychology for Empathink Melbourne. She supervises a number of psychotherapists and dance therapists, and provides supervision by phone for Dance Movement Therapists who are not in the ACT area.
Geographic areas of work preference: Canberra & Queanbeyan.


Enhancing expressivity using affect theory and Laban Movement Analysis

Edition: Dance Therapy Collections 4

Keywords: categorical affect, vitality affect, Laban Movement Analysis, interoception, expressivity, non-verbal communication, relationality

Page #: 76

Human expression takes many forms beyond the familiar written and spoken communications. Sounds, symbols, and dance/movement form the primary expressive focus of dance movement therapy. Although non-verbal emotional communication is universally accepted as essential, our depth of understanding of this idea goes no further. This chapter will examine affect theory and its relevance to expressivity. Speci cally, Laban Movement Analysis and affect theory will be integrated to demonstrate enhanced ef cacy for dance movement therapy.



Finding the Best Psychodynamic Support for Dance Movement Therapy

Edition: Dance Therapy Collections 3

psychodynamic, dance movement therapy, self-psychology, affect, intersubjective

Page #: 40

Dance-movement therapy (DMT) focuses on the power of expressive movement. Nonetheless, many dance- movement therapists have found through personal, clinical and supervisory experience that movement must be supported with appropriate language in order to be therapeutically effective. Evolutionary theory also supports the need for movement and language. This paper suggests that a psychodynamic language is needed, but it must mirror and support the elements of and values within DMT. Although many psychoanalytic theories may contain some therapeutic concepts common to DMT, ad hoc theory picking is not good practice. A single theory, which can provide comprehensive theoretical support for DMT, is needed. Self-psychology is recommended as the psychodynamic language which holds the most parallels with DMT as well as applicability to a range of populations.


Dynamic Phrasing in Dance/Movement Therapy, and Building Observation Skills for Client – presented by Peggy Hackney

Edition: Vol. 6 Nos. 3-4

dynamic phrasing, movement, observation, LMA/BF, conference, analysis

Presenter: Peggy Hackney (p. 38-40).

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The Dynamic Architecture of Communication: Space Component of Laban Movement Analysis

Edition: 2005 Vol. 4 No. 4

emotional expression, development movement, attainment, crystalline solids, professional development

A brief review of the origins and evolution of Laban Movement Analysis is interwoven with a description of the four elements of movement: Body, Shape, Space, and Effort. Laban’s use of crystalline solids to describe patterns of movement are discussed and illustrated. (p.28)

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Self-Psychology of Heinz Kohut as a Psychodynamic Framework for Dance/Movement Therapy

Edition: 2007 Vol. 6 No. 1

sense of self, pre-verbal, intersubjectivity, affect theory, infant-mother, relational

Sandra explores the concept of the Self developing from an infant to an adult, through connections with Self-psychological theory of Heinz Kohut and the infant development theorist, Daniel Stern, to expand on Personal experience or Inner Life and Interactive Intersubjective Space. Through clinical examples Sandra describes how this conceptual understanding is applied to her therapeutic work. In summary, she writes: “Through Kohut’s concept of Self as an organization of experience and consolidation of agency in the service of talents, ambitions, and ideals, I have found a non-shaming and development-supporting theory for understanding and framing clients’ needs and treatment goals. The invariant patterns of awareness identify more ‘bite-size’ aspects of the self-promoting experiences and give me landmarks upon which to focus as well as measure my interventions. Whether working verbally or non-verbally, the concept of Self guides my therapeutic work toward growth and expressive embodied personhood.” (pp 2-6)

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Laban Movement Analysis/Bartenieff Fundamentals

Edition: 2012 Vol. 10 Nos. 1-2

movement patterns, qualitative description, therapeutic relationship, intersubjective, attunement, Labanotation

Certified Movement Analysist and Psychotherapist Sandra Lauffenburger overviews the Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) and Bartenieff Fundamentalstm, and references the thinkers who have developed these systems. LMA is integral to a DMT in providing a means of describing someone’s movement in qualitative terms; in providing a basis for recording observations and analysis and a working movement language that enables them to communicate a person’s profile or movement signature and/or record change. (pp 2-4)

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Edition: 2003 Vol. 2 No. 3

attunement, Attachment theory, Vital affect, psychodynamic theory, Stern, Kestenberg

This article explored the concept of attunement, which is accepted as of importance to Dance Movement therapy (DMT) but is not widely understood. Links were made between attunement and psychodynamic attachment theories. The discussion re-evaluating the theories and illustrating non-verbal communication through the quality of affect and movement in early life. Dance therapists emerged as ideally placed to guide clients to access these early communication experiences. The primary link between psychodynamic attachment theory and attunement in the outcome of the paper, overall writing to refocus on previous attachment research. (pp 13-18)

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Understanding the Body, Shape, Space and Dynamics of Movement. Laban Movement Analysis and the Bartenieff Fundamentals.

Edition: 2002 Vol. 1 No. 1

Laban movement analysis, LMA techniques, LMA concepts, LMA application

Rudolf Laban, one of the pioneers of modern dance in Europe, laid the foundations for the evolution of Laban Movement Analysis and varieties of Laban Movement Study. The following introduction to Rudolf Laban and his student Irmgard Bartenieff’s concepts and principles, centres on its practical applications in working with clients. Sandra Kay Lauffenburger, a Certified Movement Analyst and Therapist has extensive psychotherapy, Pilates and dance therapy training, finds that Laban Movement Analysis and Bartenieff Fundamentals™ are used in her every treatment. (p.10)

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