Goldsmiths Therapeutic Studies provides a challenging and stimulating interdisciplinary environment offering introductory courses, professional trainings and advanced study in arts therapies, counselling, psychotherapy, psychoanalytic studies and psychosocial studies.
In our professional trainings we foster the development of skilled and reflective practitioners who are critically engaged with evidence based and research practices. With teaching staff who are experienced practitioners in the field and with strong links to employers in the public, voluntary and private sectors, we provide the learning and skills necessary for the modern workplace.
Our academic and research activities encourage an interdisciplinary and pluralistic approach, contributing to the development of theory and practice in a broad range of therapeutic approaches and study. We explore the development of contemporary therapeutic disciplines and practices in their cultural, historical and social contexts and are committed to working with questions of identity and difference, equality and diversity.
Ema Nik Thomas
Year 2 Part-Time, MA in Dance Movment Psychotherapy
About your experience on the programme
For me personally, committing to the MA in Dance Movement Psychotherapy is a process of exploring relationships. The experiential nature of the course, set within a psychodynamic framework, has challenged me to reflect upon the relationships I maintain as a trainee therapist. In becoming a therapist I gain insight into others and myself. Listening. Witnessing. In this I am motivated by an inherent curiosity: What moves us and moves between us? I imagine the psyche as being like the weather, in dynamic flux with our bodies the landscapes. Following this line of imagery, the therapeutic relationship can serve as an environment within which the dynamics of the psyche and their affects can be explored. The MA course provides different contexts within which I maintain and reflect upon the therapeutic relationship within a community.
Ema Nik Thomas MA Dance Movement Psychotherapy Year 2 Part-Time
Current 1st Year, MA in Counselling
About your experience so far on the programme
Since September 2015, I joined the post-graduate degree in Counselling to improve my helping skills in order to empower people affected by long-term health conditions such as Diabetes Mellitus, Stroke and Coronary Heart Disease. I now feel more confident and competent in using interpersonal skills in health coaching and assisting also, in a voluntary capacity, people experiencing bereavement. With the encouragement of the lecturers, the course gives new insights (to students about aspects of their lives) [ in my case – some aspects of my life] and motivates me to recognise my involvement as a helper by identifying my strengths and ways to improve my counselling knowledge and skills.