Associate & Honorary Members
Deirdre Brownell, BA, MA
Deirdre Brownell, BA, MA, daughter of Anne Brownell, has a great interest in Voice Movement Therapy. A singer as well as a scholar, she believes that music has a language all of its own that everyone can understand, if not in a cognitive sense then in a spiritual as well as a psychosomatic sense.
"I believe that psychotherapy must have a physical as well as mental and emotional base. We carry our emotions in our bodies all our lives, more than we realize, and the only way to get them out is to go back to that primal infant and child stage and release them through sound and movement. The voice is very powerful - and everyone has something to say."
Deirdre started with a BA degree in Sports Medicine, then followed that up with a Masters in Psychology. She is currently studying for her PhD in Imaginal Psychology at the Institute of Meridian University in Petaluma, CA. She is working on a dissertation about healing the loss of the embodied voice, in people with learning differences, through VMT and imaginal psychology.
Rev. William Charles Freeman, PhD, BC-DMT, (Board Certified - Dance/Movement Therapist)
William has guest taught on three VMT Foundation Trainings on Martha’s Vineyard, USA, and has acted as on-site supervisor for two VMT students during their internships in Vermont, USA, in consultation with Anne Brownell, VMTR as general supervisor. He is a movement therapist and consultant, specializing in work with children and adults with disabilities, their families and those who serve them.
For over thirty years, William has designed, directed and facilitated professional development, parent education and direct service programs in movement therapy and the expressive arts. He maintains a practice with individuals with and without disabilities and provides consultative services and teaching for education, mental health and arts agencies. He conducts seminars for professionals and parents, and retreats for individuals interested in personal growth and spiritual development through movement and the expressive arts.
William served as a program coordinator and director in the Special Education Administration Section of the Kansas State Department of Education. Expanding on this work, he served as the founding executive director of Accessible Arts, a not-for-profit educational organization, dedicated to making the arts accessible to all people, including individuals with disabilities. Working with children with significant disabilities, those at risk and their families, he also served as a special education consultant to several Vermont school districts.
William is the executive producer and writer of the videofilm, You're Okay Right Where You Are: Expressive Movement in Education, and has also worked on several other videofilms focused on movement and expressive arts. He also taught and developed programs in movement and expressive arts at Goddard College, the University of Vermont and elsewhere.
William is ordained in the ministry of Divine Science, is a certified spiritual director from the Institute for Spiritual Development and is a graduate of the Theology and Pastoral Ministry Program (Master of Arts) from Saint Michael’s College. He is co-founder and co-minister of New Thought Vermont: Divine Science in the Green Mountains, and served on the Board of the Divine Science Federation International from 2006 - 2010 (Vice President 2006 - 2008 and President 2008 - 2010). He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the inter-denominational Weston Community "Church on the Hill" and chairs its Long-Range Planning process. He also served as a consulting minister to the Divine Science Church of Crestwood, Missouri (2008) and The First Universalist Parish of Chester, Vermont (2004 - 2005).
Active in community ministry, throughout his career as therapist, program developer and administrator -- teacher, consultant and minister, William has been focused on supporting individuals as they seek to move from the Divine Source and express the Divinity that lies within. He has an abiding interest in finding ways to combine his therapeutic knowledge and skills as a movement therapist with his interest in the life of the spirit and spiritual direction and is in the process of creating his own Ministry of Movement.
Marta Rocamora, BA
Marta Rocamora is the web designer and webmaster for the IAVMT, completing the re-design of the website in 2011. She is also a visual artist, singer, performer and craftswoman. In addition to her official role of webmaster, Marta has also been regularly involved with the VMT community since 2010, participating in courses, workshops and 1-1 sessions and acting as photographer at UK conferences. Now an Associate member of the IAVMT, she sings its praises to all who wish to hear.
To view her Art, and for more information, please visit www.rocamora.co.uk