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Somatic Counseling Thesis Presentations

Performing Arts Center (2130 Arapahoe Campus) 

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

  • Caleb Dotson “Bridging Indigenous Principles and Body Psychotherapy: A Counselor’s Odyssey”
  • Dennis Huivan “Left and Right Brain Coherence: Integration of Brainspotting, Internal Family Systems and Body Psychotherapy into a Therapeutic Method”
  • Sophie Skoggard “The Transformational Healing Power of Somatic Communal Ritual”
  • April Lampbert “The Witch’s Cauldron: A Body Psychotherapy Approach for Highly Sensitive People”

Morning Poster Session B: 10:20–11:35 AM 

  • Gabby Rivas-Field “Enhancing Body Psychotherapy: Exploring Acudetox as an Adjunctive Therapy”
  • Alex Reyf “Exploring the Interplay Between Somatic Psychotherapy and Addiction: An Inquiry on Escaping Reality”
  • Claire Bailey “The Modality Does Matter for Chronic Physical Symptoms: Pain Reprocessing Therapy and Body Psychotherapy in Dialogue”
  • Kyle Vandenbroucke “MDMA and Rewriting Somatic Memory with Pesso-Boyden System Psychomotor Body Psychotherapy”
  • Mars Shaffer “Dancing & Playing Through Childhood Cancer: Integrating Dance & Movement Therapy and Synergetic Play Therapy when Counseling Pediatric Oncology Patients”

Lunch Break: 11:45 AM–12:45 PM 

Afternoon Paper Presentations 1:00–4:35 PM 

  • 1:00 – 1:30: Emily Brown “A Somatic Approach to Unravelling Weight Stigma in Eating Disorder Treatment”
  • 1:35 – 2:05: April Maple “Bodyful and Decolonial Unlearning and Recontextualizing from Academia in Dance/Movement Therapy”
  • 2:10 – 2:40: Audrey Steele “Sensual Movement Therapy: Integrating Sexuality and the Erotic into Dance/Movement Therapy”

15-minute break 

  • 2:55 – 3:25: Jamie Barnett “A Somatic Approach to Understanding the Power Exchange of Racism Within the Therapeutic Alliance”
  • 3:30 – 4:00: Kayleigh Crummey “The Sensational Self: A Dance Teacher’s Understanding of Healing through the Nervous System”
  • 4:05 – 4:35: Maddi Elkin-Aquino “A Somatic Counselor Throwing Shade at Attachment Theory


Upcoming Events:
  • May 10, 2024 @ 9:00 am


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