Caldwell | 303-245-4770

Professor, Somatic Counseling
Core Faculty


Body Psychotherapy
Dance/Movement Therapy


PhD, Union Graduate School
MA,Dance/ Movement Therapy, University of California–Los Angeles
BA, Anthropology, University of California–Los Angeles

Areas of Specialization:

  • Clinical training in body psychotherapy and dance therapy
  • Clinical Neuroscience, especially in the areas of sensation, memory, breath, and movement
  • Diversity, multiculturalism, and inclusion
  • Addiction treatment
  • Lifelong effects of early imprinting
  • Research, particularly in arts-based, community-based, and qualitative methods; areas of inquiry include physiological attunement in therapist/client dyads, and the effects of oppression on embodiment

Christine is part of Naropa University’s core faculty, with teaching, advising, and administrative responsibilities. She serves as part of the Leadership Team for the Somatic Counseling Department.  She also is the supervisor for Research Assistant positions.

Recent Publications

Addiction as Somatic Dissociation
Flesh of the Soul: The Body We Work With
ed. M. Heller, Peter Lang, Bern, Switzerland

Adult Group Play Therapy
Play Therapy with Adults
ed. C. Schaefer, John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, NJ

Breathwork in body psychotherapy: Towards a more unified theory and practice
with Himmat Kaur
Body, Movement, & Dance in Psychotherapy, vol. 6, #2, 2013

Diversity Issues in Movement Observation and Assessment
Christine Caldwell, Ph.D., BC-DMT, NCC, ACS
American Journal of Dance Therapy
Published online 26 September 2013

Mindfulness Bodyfulness: A New Paradigm
Journal of Contemplative Inquiry
Issue # 1, 2014

Research 101 for Body Psychotherapists: Cultivating a Somatically Informed Research Mind
Christine Caldwell & Rae Johnson

Sensation, movement, and emotion: Explicit procedures for implicit memories
Christine Caldwell, Ph.D., BC-DMT, NCC, ACS
ed. S.Koch & T. Fuchs

Turning data into dance: Performing and presenting research on oppression and the body
Owen Paul Karcher, MA, Christine Caldwell, Ph.D., BC-DMT, NCC, ACS
The Arts in Psychotherapy
Volume 41, Issue 5, November 2014, Pages 478–483