Christine Caldwell, PhD, BC-DMT, LPC, ACS

Professor Emerita
MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Somatic Counseling and Dance/Movement Theories & Practice Concentrations
BA in Anthropology, UCLA / MA in Dance, UCLA / PhD in Somatic Psychology, Union Institute
MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Somatic Counseling and Dance/Movement Theories & Practice Concentrations
Counseling Theory and Skills / Research / Somatic Psychology & Psychotherapy / Clinical Neuroscience / Diversity & Inclusivity / Developmental Psychology / Dance/Movement Theories & Practice / Body Psychotherapy / Anatomy/Kinesiology / Contemplative Psychology / Fieldwork/Internship Seminars /

Christine Caldwell, PhD, BC-DMT, LPC, ACS, is the founder of and professor emeritus in the Somatic Counseling Program at Naropa University in Boulder, CO, USA, where she taught coursework in somatic counseling theory and skills, clinical neuroscience, research, and diversity issues. Her work began forty years ago with studies in anthropology, dance therapy, bodywork and Gestalt therapy, and has developed into innovations in the field of body-centered psychotherapy. She calls her work the Moving Cycle. This system goes beyond the limitations of therapy and emphasizes lifelong personal and social evolution through trusting and following body states. The Moving Cycle spotlights natural play, early physical imprinting, bodily authority, and the transformational effect of fully sequenced movement processes. She has taught at the University of Maryland, George Washington University, Concordia, Seoul Women’s University, Southwestern College, Pacifica, and Santa Barbara Graduate Institute, and trains, teaches and lectures internationally. She has published over 30 articles and chapters, and her books include Getting Our Bodies Back, Getting In Touch, The Body and Oppression, and Bodyfulness.

  • 2021 Body, Language and Identity: Biology and Phenomenology’s Role in Experiential Therapies, GMS Journal of Arts Therapies, vol.3. pp. 1-8.
  • 2019 Grace and Grit: A Meditation on Dance Movement Therapy’s Locations and Aspirations, American Journal of Dance Therapy, 41:158-169.
  • 2018 Bodyfulness: The Awakened Body in a Dis-embodied World. Boulder, CO: Shambhala Publications.
  • 2018 Working with Embodied Memory: The Moving Cycle as a Phenomenological Body Psychotherapy Method, co-author Koch, S. Journal of Consciousness Studies, vol.25, #7-8, 242-255.
  • 2018 The Embodied Experience of Microaggressions: Implications for Clinical Practice,”” Johnson, R., Leighton, L., & Caldwell, C., in Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development, vol.46, #3, July.
  • 2018 The Body and Oppression: Roots, Resistance, and Recovery. Co-editor Leighton Bennett, L. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books.
  • 2018 Micromovements: Filling Out the Movement Continuum in Clinical Practice, in Embodied Perspectives in Psychotherapy, eds. Payne, H., Koch, S., Tantia, J., & Fuchs, T. London: Routledge.
  • 2018 The role of privilege and oppression in arts-based research: A case study of a cisgender and transgender research team. In Creating social change through creativity: Anti-oppressive arts-based research methodologies, eds. K. Morgaine and M. Moshoula. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • 2017 Conscious movement sequencing: The core of the Dance/Movement Theories & Practice experience, in Essentials of Dance/Movement Psychotherapy: International Perspectives on Theory, Research and Practice, ed. Payne. H. New York: Taylor & Francis.
  • 2016 Dance/Movement Theories & Practice, women’s rights, and feminism: A / fifty-year journey. With Lucy Leighton, AJDT, vol. 38 (2), pp.279-284.
  • 2016 The Moving Cycle: A second generation Dance/Movement / Therapy form, American Journal of Dance Therapy, vol. 38 (2), pp.245-284.
  • 2016 Body identity development: Definitions and discussions. Body, Movement, and Dance in Psychotherapy, February.
  • 2016 Book Review: Hakomi Mindfulness-Centered Somatic Psychotherapy: A Comprehensive Guide to Theory and Practice, Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy,
  • 2015 Movement as and in psychotherapy, in The Handbook of Body Psychotherapy and Somatic Psychology, eds G. Marlock & H. Weiss. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books.
  • 2014 Embodying a Research Mind, co-authored with Johnson, R.
  • 2014 Mindfulness and bodyfulness: A new paradigm. Journal of Contemplative Inquiry, Issue 1.
  • 2014 Turning data into dance, with Owen Karcher, Journal of Arts in Psychotherapy. 41, 478-483.
  • 2013 On body memory and embodied therapy, with Koch, S. & Fuchs, T., in Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy, vol. 8, No. 2, 82-94.
  • 2013 Diversity and inclusivity in movement analysis and assessment, in American Journal of Dance Therapy.
  • 2013 Breathwork in body psychotherapy II, in Body, Movement, and Dance in Psychotherapy.
  • 2012 Research 101 for body psychotherapists: Cultivating a somatically- informed research mind, co-author Rae Johnson, in About the science of body psychotherapy, ed. C. Young.
  • 2012 Embodying difference: Addressing issues of diversity and / social justice in Dance/Movement Theories & Practice research, / with Rae Johnson, chapter in 2nd edition Research in / Dance Movement Therapy, ed. C. Berroll & R. F. Cruz
  • 2011 Sensation, movement, and emotion, ed. S. Koch & T. Fuchs, Univ. of Heidelberg.
  • 2011 Breathwork in Body Psychotherapy, with Victoria Kaur, Body, Movement, and Dance in Psychotherapy, April.
  • 2010 Oppression embodied: The intersecting dimensions of trauma, oppression, and Somatic Psychology, with Rae Johnson, conference proceedings, USABP
  • 2010 Diversity issues in movement analysis and assessment, in Movement Analysis of Interaction, S. Bender, (ed.). Berlin: Logos Verlag.
  • 2009 Animal models of human trauma, in Animal Behavior Encyclopedia, ed. Marc Bekoff, W.W. Norton.
  • 2008 The Moving Cycle, and The psychobiology of movement, in Theories of Body Psychotherapy, eds. H. Weiss and G. Marlock, Gottingen: Hogrefe Verlag.
  • 2007 Body politics: Scoring the debate with the volume off, Boulder Weekly Newspaper, Oct. 7
  • 2004 The power of stillness, the glory of motion. American Journal of Dance Therapy, Vol.26, No. 1, Spring/Summer. P. 9-15.
  • 2004 Integrating Pre and Perinatal Psychology and body oriented psychotherapy, with Marjorie Rand, The USA Body Psychotherapy Journal, vol. 3, No. 2.
  • 2004 Caring for the caregiver, Psychotherapy Networker, July/August
  • 2003 Adult group play therapy, in Play Therapy with Adults, ed. Charles Schaefer, John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, NJ
  • 2002 The Moving Cycle: A model for healing and The biology of our psychology, chapters in Integrative Holistic Health, Healing, and Transformation, ed. Penny Lewis.
  • 2001 Addiction as somatic dissociation, in Flesh of the Soul, ed. Michael Heller, Peter Lange, Bern, Switzerland.
  • 2001 Integrating sensory integration into play therapy, Colorado Association for Play Therapy News, vol. 6, number 3, July / 2000 And the waves play through it, Lomi Institute Newsletter.
  • 1999 Mind, body, and soul food: Nourishing the creative life, Association for Humanistic Psychology Perspectives Magazine, October/November.
  • 1999 Dying to be born and being born to die: Cell death as a defining pattern in human development and death, Journal of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology, vol. 13, / Number 3-4, Spring and Summer.
  • 1999 Darwin’s body: A biologist’s contribution to the field of Somatic Psychology, Somatics Magazine, vol. 12, no. 2, Spring/Summer
  • 1998 We are the body, we are the earth, Perspectives Magazine, Spring, Association for Humanistic Psychology.
  • 1997 Getting in touch: Guidelines for somatic psychotherapies, Quest Books.
  • 1996 Getting our bodies back: Recovery, healing and transformation in body-centered psychotherapy, Shambhala Publications.
  • 1996 Re-embodying our concepts, Association for Transpersonal Psychology Newsletter, Spring/Summer
  • 1995 Life dancing itself: The role of movement and play in evolution, Revision Magazine, Vol. 17, No. 4.
  • 1995 Attending to attention: Developing a training model, Association for Transpersonal Psych Newsletter, Spring.
  • 1991 The process of healing in movement therapy, Journal of Psychology and Expressive Arts, University of Koln, Germany

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