Susan Scarth – Bio 2018

Susan Scarth BSc Hons., MCAT, CMA, RDMP, UKCP, SP(level 1), Dip. Sup.

Susan runs a private practice ( in Edinburgh focused on individual Movement Psychotherapy for people surviving trauma.  She offers clinical supervision and consultancy/training on professional DMT programmes across Europe. Susan has held posts as lecturer, placement coordinator and course leader on DMT training courses at several UK universities since 1996, and is currently engaged as Interpersonal Learning Group facilitator at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh for MSc Music Therapy students.

Susan completed her masters in DMT (MCAT) at The Laban Centre in 1982 and deepened this initial training with the Certificate in Movement Analysis (CMA) at the Laban Institute for Movement Studies New York in 2008. Since then she has completed certification training specific to trauma and the body (Sensorimotor Psychotherapy level 1), reflective practice and creative supervision (Dip. Sup.) and is currently engaged on Body Mind Centering modular education.

In 2016 Susan retired from the role of President of the European Association Dance Movement Therapy (EADMT), while maintaining her role as Coordinator of EADMT Education and Training standards working group. She presented the final Training Standards proposal in October 2017 which was approved by the EADMT General Assembly 2017.  This engagement in the administrative and political level of the DMT profession was the culmination of several years on the ADMP UK Council in various roles, including Chair.

Susan began her professional life as a social worker in 1976 and has since worked with many client populations in statutory and voluntary sector roles, always maintaining a focus on mental health and well-being. She has consistently developed her interest in creative intervention and the integration of body and mind processes, bringing the expressive body into the therapeutic space.  Susan’s psychotherapy practice incorporates humanistic and psychodynamic person centred therapy, incorporating body work, LMA and Bartenieff Fundamentals with dance movement therapy.