Somatic Dance Psychotherapy, Dance Diversity, Choreography
Bernadette Divilly, MA Somatic Psychology/Dance Movement Therapy, MIACAT, MIAHIP, professional member of Dance Ireland, is a senior dance movement psychotherapist and somatic psychologist based in the West of Ireland. She runs a private practice and works as a dance movement artist. Her practice is based in depth-psychology, somatic studies, an understanding of language and landscape and cultural diversity
Bernadette has received several Arts Bursaries and two Project Awards from the Arts Council of Ireland for socially engaged practices focused in walking and contemplative dance practices. She has also been supported by Galway City Council, Dance Ireland, NUIG and the Ministry of Cyprus.
Bernadette engages with an international cohort of peers who have in-depth practices in working with the body across disciplines. Currently, she is using creation as a method of research to develop new knowledge on the themes of “Home” and “Homelessness”. She works locally but is tuned in internationally on conversations concerning diversity, migration, health and the body.
She is a psychology graduate from NUI Galway and received her masters in somatic psychology from the Naropa University, USA. She is one of an increasing number of international practitioners advocating for the intelligence of the body as central in politics, governance and working with conflict.