Madeline Despres-Chen

Teaching Artist, Administrative Assistant

Madeline is an RSMT/E (Registered Somatic Movement Therapist and Educator), certified in SomaSoul®: Somatic Therapy and Shake Your Soul®, a somatic movement-dance practice by LIFE Movement: Leven Institute for Expressive Movement.

She is registered through ISMETA, the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association, and is working towards becoming an MSMT/E (Master Somatic Movement Therapist/Educator).

Currently, Madeline is a full-time graduate student at Antioch University New England, pursuing an M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a concentration in trauma. She has a passion for trauma studies, Polyvagal Theory, the mind-body connection, somatic movement, dance, expressive arts, and social justice.

Her journey between undergrad and grad school led Madeline to move to Shanghai, China, where she taught children English, dance, and drama performance for four years. During this time, she also taught Shake Your Soul® at local studios.

As a Somatic Movement Therapist and Educator, she helps others discover greater awareness and understanding of their lives through a mind-body healing modality that combines elements of Body-Centered Gestalt Psychotherapy and Polyvagal Theory with expressive arts and mindfulness.

In her practice, she uses tools like body scanning, journaling, sensory drawing, visualizations, movement, and nervous system education to help clients strengthen their mind-body connection and integrate their body’s story, creating new neural pathways of healing.

Madeline teaches Shake Your Soul® on Mondays and Thursdays and works with clients virtually in her private somatic therapy practice. Additionally, she assists the LIFE Movement SomaSoul® Somatic Therapy Clinical Training and will assist the Level 1 Shake Your Soul® Teacher Training this summer at Won Dharma Center from July 19-26.

View Madeline’s ISMETA Profile

Teaching Courses:

Berkshire Pulse