Helen L Payne

Helen L Payne
University of Hertfordshire | UH · School of Education

MPhil, PhD, (Full) Professor

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Introduction
I research embodied approaches to psychotherapy, research and learning. Recent research is with adults suffering chronic bodily symptoms for which tests and scans come back negative. Other projects focus on children and adolescents, including autism, and mental health in higher education. I hold a PhD; UKCP Reg; Fellow ADMP Reg. dance movement psychotherapist led the development of DMP in the UK: professional association, first post graduate accredited training, research and publications. Trained in Laban Movement Analysis, Person-Centered Counselling, Group Analysis and the Discipline of Authentic Movement. I supervise clinical practice and PhDs, examine doctorates nationally and internationally, present keynotes and trainings in authentic movement and The BodyMind Approach.
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September 2011 - present
University of Hertfordshire
Position
  • Professor (Full)
Description
  • Teach and supervisor EdD and PhD programmes of study in practice-based research. Specialist interest in counselling/psychotherapy, arts psychotherapy, movement psychotherapy, children, adolescents, autism and people with medically unexplained symptoms.
September 2009 - present
University of Hertfordshire
Position
  • Full Professor Dr.
September 1993 - August 2011
University of Hertfordshire
Position
  • Programme Tutor Counselling Certificate and University Diploma, tutor MA Counselling

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Background: There are significant concerns for student mental health in higher education. New factors affect student mental health, and campus counselling services are overwhelmed. Struggling students turn to ideally placed familiar teaching staff for support. This qualitative study, conducted in an East of England university, aimed to explore stud...
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This article provides a rationale for how the discipline of authentic movement can be employed to support the development of an ecological self. This is especially important to consider in the current climate catastrophe resulting from humans disregarding their interdependence with the earth, acting unethically without thought for the ecological da...
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This article aims to examine the hypothesis that The BodyMind Approach® (TBMA) can effectively decrease depression and the distress experienced from medically unexplained symptoms (MUS) for women in Taiwan. A quasi-experimental design was adopted to examine this hypothesis along with the use of questionnaires and a repertory grid technique (RGT). T...
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Using the UK as an example, students attending higher education providers (HEPs) increasingly suffer mental ill-health due to new stress factors. Relationships between stress, frequently co-occurring chronic medically unexplained symptoms (MUS) and mental health are explored as the basis for proposing The BodyMind Approach® (TBMA) as an innovative...
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Dance movement psychotherapy (DMP) can be defined as the psychotherapeutic use of movement and dance founded on the principle of motion and emotion being inextricably entwined. This relationship is the channel through which a person can embody a deeper connection with the self. Since the first edited book to document UK practice entitled Dance Move...
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Research into personal development groups a part of a post graduate training in DMP from the students' experience
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Dance movement therapy (DMT) can be defined as the psychotherapeutic use of movement and dance founded on the principle of motion and emotion being inextricably entwined. This relationship is the channel through which a person can embody a deeper connection with the self. Since the first edited book to document UK practice entitled ‘Dance movement...
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Using the UK as an example, students attending universities are increasingly suffering excessive stress and/or mental ill-health due to new stress factors. Relationships between stress, frequently co-occurring chronic medically unexplained symptoms (MUS) and mental health are explored as the basis for proposing The BodyMind Approach® (TBMA) as an i...
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The arts provide openings for symbolic expression by engaging the sensory experience in the body they become a source of insight through embodied cognition and emotion, enabling meaning-making, and acting as a catalyst for change. This synthesis of sensation and enactive, embodied expression through movement and the arts is capitalized on in The Bo...
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Background: In the United Kingdom, creative dance is classified as part of physical education rather than an important core subject. Purpose: Taking the U.K. National Curriculum as an example, the article's primary aim is to examine literature exploring the benefits of creative dance, for children aged 3 to 11 years in mainstream state education, t...
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This chapter provides an overview of authentic movement and its practice integrating theories from several schools of psychotherapy where relevant.
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This article discusses how The BodyMind Approach® (TBMA) addresses insecure attachment styles in medically unexplained symptoms (MUS). Insecure attachment styles are associated with adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and MUS (Adshead and Guthrie, 2015) and affect sufferers’ capacity to self-manage. The article goes on to make a new hypothesis to...
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This article describes how adults learn to self-manage chronic bodily symptoms, a complex and costly health problem. It proposes a theory of learning for an innovative, research-informed intervention, The BodyMind Approach® (TBMA) aimed at developing confidence, competence, skills, and knowledge and understanding for self-management for people with...
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This article discusses how The BodyMind Approach® (TBMA) addresses insecure attachment styles in medically unexplained symptoms (MUS). Insecure attachment styles are associated with adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and MUS (Adshead & Guthrie, 2015) and affect sufferers’ capacity to self-manage. The article goes on to make a new hypothesis to ac...
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attached to article titled: The BodyMind Approach as transformative learning to promote self-management for patients with medically unexplained symptoms
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Medically unexplained symptoms (MUS) are common and there are few treatments which people with MUS find acceptable. This article aims to provide an overview of how an innovative behaviour change intervention, The BodyMind Approach® (TBMA), facilitates embodied learning for the self-management of MUS. The underlying body-processes involved in the st...
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There is a growing interest in embodied approaches to psychotherapy internationally. This volume focuses on the respective focal professions of dance movement psychotherapy (DMP) and body psychotherapy (BP), addressing the psychotherapeutic need for healing throughout the lifespan. Within embodied clinical approaches, the therapist and client colla...
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Student mental health in higher education in the UK: a preliminary literature and preparation for phase 1 of a university-wide study. Phase 2 involves a staff survey to map the territory of the skills, understanding, knowledge and awareness amongst academic staff for supporting students with mental health concerns which are increasing in numbers th...
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“Medically unexplained symptoms” (MUS) refers to chronic physical symptoms without a clear medical cause, which produce significant levels of distress and functional impairment. This project modified the repertory grid technique to explore how twenty participants experiencing MUS construed self and others in bodily and psychological ways. Findings...
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Body, movement and mind are united. Depression can be embodied, and the movement of people with depression is often different from people without depression. This embodiment will most likely vary from culture to culture because depression is a condition that profoundly reflects cultural and social patterns. This article firstly explores a study whi...
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Medically unexplained symptoms (MUS) are common and costly in both primary and secondary health care. It is gradually being acknowledged that there needs to be a variety of interventions for patients with MUS to meet the needs of different groups of patients with such chronic long-term symptoms. The proposed intervention described herewith is calle...
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When mental health gets physical. Medically unexplained symptoms are common and yet very little support is available for people. This little film by the BBC offers some tips aad a understanding of how people can be supported.
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International Journal for Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy published by Taylor and Francis editorial - Winter 2017 Dear Readers The editorial for this issue is being written as hurricanes, floods and an earthquake are reminding us all that we are not invincible. We have also experienced a major fire in social housing and a series of terror...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to summarise practice-based evidence from an analysis of outcomes from a county-wide pilot study of a specialised primary care clinic employing an original approach for patients with medically unexplained symptoms (MUS). Conditions with persistent bodily symptoms for which tests and scans come back negative are...
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The aim of this article is to inform readers of the author’s reflections on the experience of transferring university-based research into the commercial sector, and of the processes and strategies employed when preparing for impact in so doing. Concepts for the transfer are illustrated by the author’s reflection on aspects that arose during the bir...
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There is widespread agreement that thought is embodied cognition and that our earliest learning is implicit, through the body, and nonverbal expression. This article advances the proposition that the integration of thought and emotion is felt through the body. Embodiment and embodied simulation (ES) (Gallese in Neuropsychoanalysis 13(2):196–200, 20...
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Background: Dance movement therapy (DMT) is a psychotherapeutic intervention that is used with participants with ASD in various settings. Regular clinical outcome monitoring in an outpatient setting in the Netherlands had shown positive effects on social attunement capacities in young people with ASD. However, a systematic study of the development...
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This paper will present a movement-informed perspective to social attunement in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). BACKGROUND: Dance movement therapy (DMT) is a psychotherapeutic intervention that is used with participants with ASD in various settings. Regular clinical outcome monitoring in an outpatient setting in the Netherlands had shown positive...
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Summary of medically unexplained clinical service being delivered in primary care by The University of Hertfordshire's pathways2wellbeing.
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The role of embodiment within contemporary psychotherapy practice and its discussion are gathering momentum, and are part of a paradigm shift in psychotherapy in which theory and practice are being reformulated. Body psychotherapy (BP) and dance movement psychotherapy (DMP) are playing a leading role in these deliberations. Although these two profe...
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The aim of this paper/poster is to demonstrate how engaging with policy-makers can yield impact from research. We will present ways in which The University of Hertfordshire spin out company pathways2wellbeing has engaged with the NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups in Hertfordshire to change the interim policy for the treatment of people with medical...
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This article builds on Payne (2015) and reports on practice–based evidence arising out of the delivery of a new and innovative service using The BodyMind Approach™ (TBMA) for the treatment of patients with medically unexplained symptoms (MUS) in primary care in the National Health Service (NHS) in Hertfordshire, a county near London, England, in th...
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This paper will present an art-based frame of reference to psychotherapeutic intervention. Structures form clinical Dance Movement Therapy (DMT) will serve as an example to investigate the specific contributions of kinaesthetically informed interactions to (experiential) psychotherapy. In DMT the working alliance between patient and therapist is in...
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The BodyMind Approach™ (TBMA) is discussed in the light of common features such as insecure attachment and alexithymia found in the large patient population with medically unexplained symptoms (MUS). This population appears world-wide. TBMA is unique in that it appeals to both psychologically-minded and those who prefer a physical explanation for t...
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This article builds on Payne (2015) and reports on practice-based evidence arising out of the delivery of a new and innovative service using The BodyMind Approach™ (TBMA) for the treatment of patients with medically unexplained symptoms (MUS) in primary care in the National Health Service (NHS) in Hertfordshire, a county near London, England, in th...
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An overview of the innovation, challenges and delivery of a new service for people with medically unexplained symptoms in primary care. The poster shows P2W's aims and values, achievements and methods, benefits and outcomes to participants and the NHS, how the service addresses the current misfit between people with MUS and usual treatment and desc...
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Pathways2wellbeing (P2W): A University of Hertfordshire spin-out delivering a service in the NHS
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Embodied approaches to cognition have been recently challenging standard views in philosophy of mind and the cognitive sciences. We propose that these embodied cognition views hold implications for clinical reasoning. This article examines the role of embodiment and intersubjective interactions between patient and therapist in clinical reasoning in...
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This article outlines how the body produces medically unexplained symptoms (MUS). The BodyMind Approach™ (TBMA™) is a suggested therapeutic intervention for disrupting the expression of MUS. This is discussed in three main sections, each section relating to the previous one. First, the models of dissociation and conversion are expanded from a basis...
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By using a support group programme, patients have decreased their levels of depression, anxiety, hospital visits and use of medication. By Helen Payne A new Hertfordshire University spin-off company is delivering proven treatment for high costing patients suffering from chronic physical symptoms without any medical explanation such as fibromyalgia,...
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Early interpersonal experiences have been the focus of philosophy and developmental psychology for decades. Concepts of self and self-other relatedness seem to have an onset in early interaction patterns during dyadic relating. Phenomenologists consider the embodied, that is the intercorporeal dialogue, as the basis for self-other relating. Develop...
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An editorial for international Journal 'Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy'
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During the last decades a narrative outlook has become very popular in many disciplines, including psychotherapy whose central model is based on the exte-riorisation of inner worlds through verbalisation. The following chapter assesses the narrative tradition from an embodiment perspective and explores the extent to which the embodied experience ca...

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You might find it useful to read about a colleague's work with robots and children with ASD. He was trained by me years ago as a DMP and now aplies this using robots as a way to communicate and interact with such children. Ben Robins at UH.

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