Facilitator: Merete Holm-Brantbjerg

A new workshop in our CPD series.


Our capacity to feel, express and share emotional states is a key element in how we process and heal, when life impacts us. Emotional states can both enrich and challenge us. In trauma therapy we meet challenges on our way to mutual regulation of both the arousal-states, that are awakened in the stress- or trauma-event – and of the emotions and thought-feelings, that emerge, when we land after a strong impact. The challenge is present both when meeting our own states and other’s.

One of the challenges is, how to establish or re-establish a natural swing between the sympathetic (SN) and the parasympathetic (PN) nervous-systems. This goes for both the swing between hyper- and hypo-arousal (collapse), present in our survival-reactions – and emotions, more or less impacted by both SN and PN, that become activated, when we process trauma.

To process something includes feeling and regulating both outgoing emotional states like fear, anger, excitement, joy (primarily SN) – and ingoing emotional states like grief, shame, powerlessness, feeling lost, pleasure, calm (primarily PN). There may be disgust and other emotional states that probably hold an equal amount of activation in both nervous systems.

Many of us have patterns, where we tend to be stuck in one branch of the autonomic nervous-system, which is a component in both unsafe attachment-patterns and in trauma-patterns. The patterns impact the interaction between careseeker and caregiver, when we work with stress and trauma.
How do we get back and forth between the 2 branches of the nervous-system? How do we support natural regulation of the states connected to them? How do we for example find acceptance for both our panic or fight-impulse and our collapse? How do we get from anger to grief or vice versa?
And how is the regulation of the emotional states impacted by tension and giving up in the muscles, that provide us with a muscular container for the states?

In this experiential workshop we will:

  • Train psychomotor skills, that support regulation of arousal-states and emotions with awareness of sympathetic and parasympathetic arousal.
  • Explore how regulation of tension and giving up in muscles impact regulation of emotional states.
  • Differentiate theoretically between arousal-states, emotions and thought-feelings.
  • Explore swings between outgoing and ingoing arousal-states and emotions.
  • Look at habitual patterns - where does the flow between the states usually stop for us?
  • Relate the swings between PN and SN to healing of stress- and trauma states

The teaching style contains a mix of bodily skill training, practical exploration, systems-oriented group-process and exchange about theory.

Introducing the method – Relational Trauma therapy

In Relational Trauma therapy psychomotor exercises (ROST) are used to open defensive patterns. 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 by each participant, building an inner authority to choose between opening or respecting and valuing the defensive patterns as they are supported by the body.

This bodily skill training is based in knowledge of tension and low energy (hyper- and hypo-response) in the muscles and connective tissue as defense-mechanisms. Both high and low energy behaviors are valued equally, however regulation of low energy is addressed first which supports both an unusual group-dynamic and inner dynamic.

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

The psychotherapeutic growth process in the workshop happens through active exploration, systemic 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.

Date:  Friday 6, Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 October 2017

Times:  Friday 11:30am to 6:30pm, Saturday & Sunday 9:30am to 5:30pm

Venue:  St.Mary Abbots Centre, Vicarage Gate, London, W8 4HN    (location)

The fee for this course is £265.

Registering online by 5 September 2017.  By booking you are entering into a contract with CABP to pay for your place even if unforeseen circumstances prevent you from attending. If the workshop is cancelled we will refund your payment.

Merete Holm Brantbjerg is the creator of "Moaiku" - derived from “Motoric Haiku”, a psychotherapeutic skill training that is focused on: simplicity, repetition, precise individual dosing, and a 'here and now' presence. She is also co-creator of Bodynamic Analysis – a member of European Association of Body Psychotherapy (EABP) and Psykoterapeutforeningen. Merete specializes in resource-oriented skill training as a psychotherapeutic method – applying it to both personality development and trauma healing. http://www.moaiku.com

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