Dance Movement Psychotherapist
Since qualifying as a Dance Movement Psychotherapist in 2002 at the University of Roehampton, London, Céline has worked in NHS and local authority’s arts therapies team, as well as in smaller organisations.
Céline currently works as a dance movement psychotherapist in a local authority’s arts therapies team for adults with learning disabilities and runs a private practice in South London and Surrey offering psychotherapy to individuals and groups, supervision, training and workshops to staff and carers.
Her experience includes working with adults with a mental health diagnosis in community and acute NHS settings, with refugee and asylum seeker women, parents and young children, and with children from different background.
Since 2007, in the context of work in institutions, private practice and higher education, Céline has run one-to-one and group supervision sessions with trainee and qualified Arts Therapists, carers and non-qualified staff. In 2011, she completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Creative Approaches to Supervision with the London Centre for Psychodrama; Céline is now core staff on this training focusing on embodiment and movement in supervision.
Céline runs independent workshops infused by embodied awareness and somatic movement practice, and is a visiting lecturer on the MA in Dance Movement Psychotherapy at the University of Roehampton, London.
She has been a visiting lecturer on various Arts and Play Therapies programmes internationally since 2007. She contributed to the development and running of the MSc in Dance Movement Psychotherapy at Queen Margaret University, Scotland between 2009 and 2011 where she obtained a Postgraduate Certificate in Professional and Higher Education, later leading to her becoming a Fellow Member of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) and was part of the core staff team on the Dance Movement Psychotherapy MA at Goldsmiths University of London between 2011 and 2013.
Céline has been guest tutor on various dance movement therapy specialist topics on the Masters in Dance Therapy at Université Paris Descartes in France, and at the Stradins University of Riga, Latvia. She also shared her knowledge and experience on the Dance Movement Therapy professional development training in Bucharest, Romania, at the Fachhochschulle Ottersberg (University for the Arts in Social Care and Arts Therapies) in Germany and at Brecha, an independent Dance Movement Therapy training organisation in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Other related roles
Keen to develop affordable therapeutic workshops for refugees, asylum seekers and children, Céline co-ran two small voluntary organisations and fundraised to run yearly creative arts projects for children and families from different cultural backgrounds and abilities between 2004 and 2009.
Her commitment to the development of the Dance Movement Psychotherapy profession in the UK and internationally, led Céline to join the Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy – UK (ADMP-UK) management committee in 2004 where she remained until 2007. In this capacity she co-edited and later edited the newsletter e-motion and coordinated the 2006 ADMP-UK conference ‘Mind The Gap’. In 2010 Céline was appointed UK deputy delegate to the European Association for Dance Movement Therapy; she was Treasurer of the latter Association in 2011.
Céline is one of the founding members of the DMPLDNet, a network of Dance Movement Psychotherapists working with people with learning disabilities.
Dancer, movement artist
Dance and movement practice are at the core of Céline’s work and life and form the ground on which her career stands. She has danced, worked and played with movement and self-expression for as long as she can remember, starting with African Dance and clowning at the age of four and going on to develop and take part in performances with professional and non-professional artists from various cultural backgrounds. The essence of Céline’s dance is based on improvisation, an in-depth study of a wide range of movement techniques (including Feldenkrais and Body Mind Centering), and a deep curiosity about everyday movement and our environment. She is particularly inspired by the work of Martha Graham, Pina Bausch and Anna Halprin, who, each in their own way, embrace human nature and communicate stark and ambiguous realities through dance performances.