LPC, BC-DMT, EMDR II
Brie is a Board Certified Dance Movement Therapist and Play Therapist specializing in early attachment, trauma and social/emotional resiliency with children, youth and families. Prior to teaching at Naropa, Brie was the Lead Adoption Specialist and Clinical Supervisor of the adoption program on the Home-Based Team of Mental Health Partners in Boulder, CO. Brie also holds advanced training in Authentic Movement through, The Center for the Study of Authentic Movement with Zoë Avstreih as well as extended studies in the field of body-based attachment. Her graduate work blending Dance/Movement Therapy with Citizen Therapy and Public Achievement (in-conjunction with Naropa University) was awarded "Significant Contributions in the Field of DMT." As an educator, Brie is passionate about the intersection of early childhood/youth development from a somatic lens with systemic forms oppression and marginalization.
I deeply value Naropa's contemplative approach to education and feel it is essential in building one's own skill set a therapist. Developing the ability to "witness" oneself; to pause and reflect on one's own projections, assumptions, biases and privilages is paramount to becoming a therapist. Both my teaching in the classroom as well as in the field as a clinician are greatly informed by my own "witness" capacity.
As both a clinician and instructor, I am currently exploring the intersection of somatic psychotherapy and attachment theory with trauma, oppression and the body. I also am also enlisting the form of Authentic Movement as a research tool of authorative knowledge to explore how privilage and marginalization "live in" (and move through) the body.
There are so many powerful and important books on the list but my latest find is Katherine Dunham's autobiography, "A Touch of Innocence." It is an exquisite and potent example of how the locations of race, class and gender intersect within the field of Dance/Movement Therapy.
Neither. Water and lemon, no ice please.
Continued deepening into my own somatic experience via dance/movement and the creative process~ the learning from this body is endless!