Brie Anderson-Feldman

Adjunct Faculty


MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Somatic Counseling Dance/Movement Therapy - Adjunct Faculty
MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Somatic Counseling Body Psychotherapy - Adjunct Faculty


BA Anthropology, Minor in Dance and Women's Studies, University of Colorado-Boulder
MA Somatic Counseling Psychology, Naropa University


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.

From the heart

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. 


  • Awarded "Significant Contributions to the Field" in conjunction with Naropa University by the American Dance Therapy Assocation for the "Breakin' to Brooklyn Project"
  • Fellow with the Association for Applied Anthropology
  • Office of the Mayor, "Make Time for Kids" award, Longmont CO.

Research summary

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.

Courses taught

  • Foundations of Dance/Movement Therapy
  • Body Movement Observation and Assessment
  • The Body in Meditation: Authentic Movement
  • Internship Seminar I and II

What book do you find yourself regularly pressing into the hands of students?

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.  

Coffee or tea?

Neither. Water and lemon, no ice please. 

What's next?

Continued deepening into my own somatic experience via dance/movement and the creative process~ the learning from this body is endless!