The Art of Movement Therapy with Julia Chamodon

She is one of two professionals in the department. Discovery!

“It would be great if the state regulated art therapy! We would prevent those who ride the wave without a diploma from practicing. They are dangerous for the profession and for patients!”exclaims with conviction Julia Chamodon, dance therapist.

Doctor in human movement sciences, she is a professor at the university. In order for her profession to be recognized and validated by a state diploma, she joined the French Society of Dance Therapy. This association has promulgated a code of ethics and deontology and a directory. And rare are truly trained professionals. In the Hérault, there are two! Only one university in France (La Sorbonne) trains art therapists. There, specialized practical and theoretical classes are taught, such as the functional anatomy of dance movement, movement analysis, etc. in addition to an artistic practice already acquired. Julia, professional dancer and choreographer explains: “Artistic expression (dance, music, painting, theater) is used as a mediator. The goal is therapeutic, relational in no artistic sense”.

It is in the field of disability where he develops the scope of his practice.

Today his skills are recognized and sought after. Laurence Le Pelletier, a psychiatrist at the Educational and Pedagogical Therapeutic Institute of Nazareth, joined her team. Julia supervises workshops for adolescents from 13 to 16 years old. “I accompany young people trapped in a stage of their development to bring to light a problem that has sometimes been buried for a long time”, she says. Then, with a graceful gesture, the dancer mimics: “You have to wrap them up, sharpen them. Ultimately, it will be a matter of finding the body locks from the movement”. And getting excited, he clarifies”It is exciting in an institution because multidisciplinary work is possible. Everyone participates in solving the problem with their tools”.

To complete her activity, Julia Chamodon also participates in adapted dance workshops (Wallon-Lainé resource center, APSH 34), “that opens body and artistic expression to people who do not have access to it” she completes. Finally, she leads group dance therapy sessions.

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