Welcome to the Relational Trauma therapy website

Here you will find general information about Relational Traumatherapy, Resource Oriented Skill Training, and the background for the approach in the Bodynamic tradition. Please click on the links on the left.

You will also find news of Merete Holm Brantbjerg’s international activities and examples of the workshops she can facilitate
Please excuse any language inaccuracies as most of the text on these English pages is either written directly into English or translated from Danish by myself, a Dane. Some translations have also been made by Tania Christensen and Barbara Picton.

Since 2006 "Moaiku" has been used to name the vision of this approach - and ROST, Resource Oriented Skill Training has been used to name the psychomotor skill training, which is an essential part of the approach.
"Moaiku" is a poetic and visionary name - not a name that explains what kind of approach this is.
Different sources of inspiration have now lead to giving the approach a name:

Relational Traumatherapy - a psychomotor and systems-oriented approach.

This name places the approach in the paradigm of Relational Psychotherapy, which holds a specific understanding of the relationship between therapist and client. Here is a small introductory article about Relational Psychotherapy - written for a conference held in Cambridge in 2007. I (Merete Holm Brantbjerg) met the concept of Relational Psychotherapy there and resonated with it right away. It named what I was already working with.
The development of the approach is being inspired by SCT, Systems Centered Therapy and by attachment theory.
In Relational Traumatherapy psychomotor skill-training is used side by side with mutual regulation through systems-oriented group-process and with training in a databased, verbal language. The 3 aspects are integrated into one methodology.
The overall goal is to establish systems (groups, couples, individuals), where dissociative patterns can open up and the emotional states, that have been held in dissociation can become mutually regulated.
You can read an introduction under What is Relational Trauma Therapy?. The other headlines to the right on this page have also been updated.

In the introduction to What is ROST? you find an updated exercise-manual, describing psychomotor exercises, that support six basic presence-skills. The manual has been updated summer 2017, so it is adapted to the new development in Relational Traumatherapy. You can download the manual to use both to support yourself and to share with your clients.

New articles:
"From Autonomic Reactivity to Empathic Resonance in Psychotherapy" has been published in a British peerreviewed journal: Body, Dance and Movement in Psychotherapy". The article is a new version of a Danish article written in 2014. This English version is adapted to the demands in a peer review proces related to theory, references etc. This link takes you to the article: http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/GVkNqhCUYVKtTRQWarvw/full . There are still some free versions left - or you will be guided to how to buy the article.

Babette Rothschild has published a book called: "The Body Remembers Volume 2. Revolutionizing Trauma Treatment". In the book you find a model over autonomic nervoussystem-states - relevant to traumatherapy. Click here and you find a review of the model - published in International Journal of Bodypsychotherapy, fall 2017. The review is titled "Having a map matters" - and it focuses on the differentiation of low energy-states as part of the states we meet when working with trauma.

Articles written in 2014-2015 and earlier are available: Click here on Litterature - and you get access to download all articles written in the Moaiku approach since 2004. You choose what you pay - as support for my writing.

Introduction to the method you will meet in the workshops:
In Relational Trauma therapy psychomotor exercises (ROST) is used to stimulate change in defensive patterns and to build self-regulatory capacity. Skills and resources held in the muscle-system are awakened and with that our capacity for regulating emotions and arousal-states can grow.

Through the process of “dosing” the body exercises are adapted to each participant, building inner authority. Negotiation between opening up or respecting and valuing defensive patterns as they are is supported.

The bodily skill training is based in knowledge about tension and low energy (hyper- and hypo-response) as defense-mechanisms represented in the muscles and connective tissue.  
Regulation of low energy is being addressed first, which supports an unusual group-dynamic and inner dynamic: High and low energy behaviors are valued equally.   

The goal of the method - Relational Traumatherapy - is to build a holding environment where emotions and survivalreactions can become mutually regulated, especially those states that have been held in isolation and dissociation. The psychomotor skill-training supports self-regulatory capacity – and systems-oriented group-work is used to build the capacity for mutual resonance and regulation.

The psychotherapeutic growth process in the workshops happens through active exploration, systems-oriented group-work and reflection. 
Growth in your professional capacity is supported by widening your capacity for knowing and owning aspects of being human in your own body and mind – through direct experience in resonance with yourself and others.

Activities in London UK, Tilburg Holland and Vancouver Canada :

CABP - Chiron Association of Body Psychotherapy - continues to organize one workshop every year with Merete in London.
October 5-7 2018 a 3-day workshop on Psychomotor-development is offered.

For sign up go to the website of Chiron Association of Body Psychotherapy
You can also read the flyertexts by clicking on the titles above.

Tilburg Holland:

February 24-26 2016 I did the Introduction to Relational Traumatherapy workshop in Tilburg with 14 participants. This event started a cooperation between me and NVLP represented by Angela Terpstra. NVLP will organize one workshop per year in Tilburg.
March 16-18 2018 the workshop "Inner and outer boundaries" was full with 15 participants.
The next workshop will probably be November 22-24 2019.


I will be back in Vancouver in spring 2018 - for my last work-visit.
This decision has been on its way for a long time and it found its final form during my visit to Vancouver to Vancouver this April. I am ready to slow down - not stretch as much as I have done for many years now.

In May 2018 I will work with the 3 ongoing groups - end our trainings - and I will offer 7 or 8 days with individual sessions. See dates below.

Individual sessions with Merete Holm Brantbjerg - therapy or supervision - will be available in Vancouver in May-June 2018. The dates are May 10, 17, 18, 22, 23, 31 and June 1st. Please contact Shari Bender on shari@sharibender.ca if you are interested in individual sessions.