Caroline Frizell

Caroline Frizell is a UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy) registered Dance
Movement Psychotherapist (DMP) and dance artist. Since a professional dance training in the 1970s, Caroline has developed her work as a performer, teacher, therapist and researcher, with particular focus on the dynamic possibilities of inclusive communities. Caroline brings together the principles of psychodynamic psychotherapy, embodied practice and eco-psychology within a new-materialist approach towards an ethical awareness of our relationship with all life. Since 2007 Caroline has contributed to the Dance Movement Psychotherapy MA at Goldsmiths, University of London as a lecturer, supervisor and researcher, as well as leading the programme from 2010 to 2019. In addition to her work at Goldsmiths, Caroline also has a small private practice at her home in South Devon: For further information, see: :

Frizell, C. (to be published autumn 2019) “Reclaiming our innate vitality: bringing embodied narratives to life through Dance Movement Psychotherapy” in Williamson, A. (2019) ‘Spiritual Herstories: soulful research in Dance Studies’, Intellect.
Frizell, C. (2018). Dancing Differently. Journal of the West Country Association for Counselling, 2, pp. 17-19. Frizell, C (2017) ‘Entering the World; Dance Movement Psychotherapy & the
complexity of beginnings with learning disabled clients’, Chapter 1 in “Dance Movement Psychotherapy with people with learning difficulties” . Oxon, Routledge (2017)
Frizell, C. (2014) ‘Discovering the Language of the Ecological Body’. In Self & Society An International Journal for Humanistic Psychology. Vol 41, No.4, Summer 2014.


Recently, I took a walk at sunrise, as a glorious spring day dawned. My walk took me to an ancient hillfort. As I descended from the summit, I paused in a field, noticing a small dew-drop balanced on the tip of each blade of grass. The sun rose over the hill, transforming the bejewelled grass into a carpet of shimmering light. At moments like this, I realise that the earth is nuanced, complex and dynamic, as the future balances on the tip of the past. I am reminded that I am part of the embodied becoming of the earth and, at the same time, the earth is part of my becoming. This becoming of our world is now threatened by climate change, as an economic system based on perpetual growth is pushing us towards disaster. We need to find other ways of being in the world. This phenomenon of the interconnectedness of all things is central to my work as a dance movement psychotherapist (DMP), supervisor, teacher and researcher. In this brief talk, I will introduce a new-materialist approach to DMP, demonstrating how it is underpinned by a deep respect for the ‘other.’, challenging binary distinctions and implicit self/other perceptions. I will draw on my recent research involving parents of learning-disabled children, sharing stories of the dawning of different ways of being in the world. I will invite you to explore with me the ways in which we can let ourselves be touched by encounters with differently- gendered, differently-abled, differently-cultured, differently-specied ‘others’, finding ways of becoming that are aligned with the future health of all things on the planet.

Abstract of workshop: A TRUTH MANDALA THROUGH EMBODIED PRACTICE (experiential workshop)

We will first arrive in the space, spending time becoming present to our own body, present to each other and present to the physical space. We will then gather in a circle and share an embodied ritual to explore our relationship with the earth, using the symbolism of natural objects to locate our feelings through the material world. Stone will represent our fear & our courage, leaves and petals our sadness & our love, a branch our anger & our passion, and a clay bowl our emptiness & our potential. This idea is based on an exercise developed by Joanna Macey and can be found in her book (Macy, 1998).
Macy, J. (1998) Coming back to life: practices to reconnect our lives, our world. Gabriola Island: New Society Publishers.