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Somatic Counseling Thesis Presentations

Location: Performing Arts Center (2130 Arapahoe Campus) 

Morning Poster Session A: 9:00–10:15 AM 

  • Livy Hansberry “The Relationship Between Substance Use Addictions and Eating Disorders: A Somatically Informed Conversation”
  • Zea Leguizamon “An Embodied Greeting Place: Bringing Perspectives and Practices from the Global South into the core of Dance/Movement Therapy Theory and Practice”
  • Casey Dunne “Embodying Empowering Archetypes: Unearthing Sexual Trauma in Body Psychotherapy”
  • Nicola Elder “Applications of Dance/Movement Therapy: Parallels Between the Therapeutic Process and the Choreographic Process”
  • Midnite Townsend “Reuniting Cultural Self: A Dance Movement Therapist Addresses Transracial Intercountry Adoption Trauma with Somatics and IFS”

Morning Poster Session B: 10:25–11:40 AM

  • Heather Bourne “Freedom Through the Voice: Healing Sexual Trauma with Non-verbal Vocalization in Dance/Movement Therapy”
  • Grace Gurney “Somatic Pendulation and Socially Constructed Masculinity: A Body Psychotherapy Approach to Working with Men”
  • Nicole Lloyd “Embodied Vitality and Nervous System Flexibility: Nature as a Secure Base for Anxiously Attached Clients”
  • Elizabeth Cabaniss “Body Psychotherapy, Personal Training and Change Psychology – Intersection and Opportunity”
  • Cass Skye Howlett “Transformative Body Brilliance: A Practice of Integrating Liberation Theories Through Dance/Movement Therapy”

Lunch Break: 11:45 AM–12:45 PM 

Afternoon Paper Presentations 1:00–4:35 PM 

  • 1:00 – 1:30: Jake Miller “Body Psychotherapy and the Yearning for the Divine”
  • 1:35 – 2:05: Grace Clark “A Compassionate Approach: Integrating Body Psychotherapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Offending Pedophiles”
  • 2:10 – 2:40: Cassi Stuckman “Dreamwork in Addiction Treatment: Processing Relapse and Recovery Dreams with a Body Psychotherapy Approach”

15 minute break 

  • 2:55 – 3:25: Kerry Maiorca “Thriving Through the Empty Nest Transition: Supporting Parents with Somatic Group Therapy”
  • 3:30 – 4:00: Meghan Gaynor “Analyzing Unconscious Bias in the Body: A Dance/Movement Therapy Practice for Clinicians Working with Stigmatized Populations”
  • 4:05 – 4:35: Isabella Ekeze “Bodies in Context: Exploring Cultural Paths of Co-Regulation as a Body Psychotherapist of Color”


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  • May 9, 2024 @ 9:00 am


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