Presentation and historical background

I, Merete Holm Brantbjerg, is trained as a psychomotor trainer - from Skolen for Kropsdynamik in 1978. A 3,5 year long training.
I have worked with groups and individual sessions since 1978 - first in my own company - and then from 1985-2003 in Bodynamic Institute - later called Bodynamic International. And then later in my own company again.

In the Bodynamic company I was part of the group of colleagues, who developed Bodynamic Analysis - a bodyoriented psychotherapy - and offered trainings in Denmark and internationally. Below you find a short introduction to the essence of Bodynamic Analysis.

In 2003 I left the Bodynamic group and established my own business called Bodynamic Brantbjerg.
The company is a private firm, founded and directed by Merete Holm Brantbjerg. I am a member of EABP - European Association of Body Psychotherapy and of the Danish Association of Psychotherapy (Dansk Psykoterapeutforening DPF), I have been member of the ethics committee in DPF from 2006-2015, co-chairing it from 2012-2015.
The company provides a structure around workshops and trainings in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, London and Vancouver. Besides this I also offer individual therapy, supervision and workshops for institutions, workplaces and interest groups.
My specialty is working with stress and trauma. Click on "What is Relational Trauma Therapy?"

The learning I got from the psychomotor training and from Bodynamic Analysis are today one of sources of inspiration behind my method-development. Another significant inspiration comes from SCT, Systems Centered Therapy. I have been in training in SCT since 2006. Attachment theory and Relational Psychotherapy is a theird inspiration. In addition to that I have - in cooperation with Steen Jørgensen and Kolbjørn Vårdal - collected knowledge and inspiration for trauma-therapeutic methodology from a broad group of theoriticians and practitioners: Stephen Porges, Jaak Panksepp, Ellert Nijenhuis, Flemming Kæreby, Ruth Lanius and others.

Today I consider my work connected to the umbrella of "Relational Psychotherapy" and "Relational Body-psychotherapy" - and I have therefore chosen to name it "Relational Trauma Therapy".
Under "Litterature" you can find articles about the method-development - and also references to historical material.

What is Bodynamic Analysis?

Bodynamic Analysis is a body-oriented psychotherapy developed in Denmark since the late 1960’s.

The specialties of Bodynamic Analysis are:

Muscles are percieved as vital components in social, emotional, cognitive and physical skills. This understanding is obtained through years of experience with training and therapeutic work based on muscle sensing. Studies on the connection between specific muscles and the emotional reaction triggered when muscles are activated through touch or movement was linked to knowledge of children’s psycho-motor development. This connection was later compiled and systematized in a differentiated character theory. The theory places – simply put – specific muscles in connection to specific age phases and existential developmental themes in children.

The psychosocial functions of muscle groups are moreover systematized in the description of ”11 Ego-functions”. Combined they describe the varied skills in coping with the world available at a persons’s disposal. Skills such as reaching out, pushing away, standing firm, holding yourself together, carrying yourself, being in contact from the heart, feeling attached, getting support, balancing, being present in your gender - and many, many more.

Ego-functions cross phases as developmental paths that are learnt and developed all through life.
The 11 Ego-functions are named: Connectedness, Positioning, Centering, Boundaries, Grounding, Social balances, Cognitive Skills, Gender Skills, Energy Management, Self Assertion and Interpersonal Skills.