Lecturers

Berit H. Bunkan

Berit Heir Bunkan PhD, PT, Magister in psychology and Associated professor emerita at the Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway. For 20 years she did clinical work in university hospitals. Simultaneously from 1957 she worked with the development of
the Braatoy and Büllow-Hansen’s Pychomotor Physiotherapy. In 1992 this became an academic education. For working with this, His Majesty, the King of
Norway made her a dame, and gave her the decoration of St Olav’s Order first
class. Her later work has been teaching at postgraduate education of physiotherapists
at the Academic college of Oslo and Akershus. Berit has written 23 books about the education. Some are translated to English, some to Scandinavian languages,
one to Finish, and one to Italian. Berit has been a member of EABP for several years and she has given a number of workshops and courses in Europe. Due to her long and outstanding work within the field of Body-Psychotherapy both nationally and internationally, Berit was honored at the EABP congress in Berlin 2018.

Melanie d´Ursel

Where Physiotherapy and Psychotherapy converge is what Mélanie d’Ursel believes her work is about. She graduated as a physiotherapist in Belgium in the eighties, with a special interest in pre-& post-natal assistance to mothers. In 2012, at a crossroads in her life, Mélanie began studying Counselling Psychology at Regent’s University, followed by The Tavistock & Portman Hospital in London. During this time, she developed an ever-greater interest in the connectivity between mind and body, which led her to researching Body Oriented Psychotherapy. Mélanie is currently teaching assistant at Gerda Boyesen’s School of Biodynamic Psychotherapy in London, where she is finalising her MA level qualification as a body psychotherapist. Meanwhile she has also trained with Dr David Boadella at the Biosynthesis Institute in Switzerland, and with Dr Berit Bunkan in Oslo. It will be her pleasure to assist Dr Bunkan during her BBH workshop, whilst introducing the biodynamic concepts of working with attuned touch and with Psycho-peristalsis. Mélanie will demonstrate how she uses biofeedback from the digestive system, with the help of a stethoscope, in order to establish therapeutic communication with her client’s body.

Kirsten Ekerholt

PT, MSc., Registered specialist in psychomotor physiotherapy, Associated
Professor em. Former professional leader of Master study in Psychomotor Physiotherapy,
OsloMet University. Member of Norwegian Physiotherapy Association and International
Council of Physiotherapy in Psychiatry and Mental Health. Clinical work for 20 years.
Teaching psychomotor physiotherapy at bachelor and master level in Norway and in Europe. Published book “Fotfeste” (“To be grounded”, 1994), articles in international (8)/national journals. Editor of Oslo University College report 2010 no 3, Aspects of Psychiatric and Psychosomatic Physiotherapy. Lectures/workshops at national and international conferences.

Per Harbitz

Per Harbitz, being a psychologist since 1974, has been working as a body-oriented psychotherapist since then. He was a co-founder of the ‘Norwegian Characteranlytic Institute’ where he still contributes in the education of therapists and the scientific work

Jorunn Lien

Master in mental health, psychomotor physiotherapist, character analyst
Author of the book (2018): Relasjon og kropp.

Kari E. A. Lorentzen

Specialist in clinical adult psychology, yogateacher, passionate about the therapeutic use of yoga. Certified yogatherapist of International Association of Yogatherapists (IAYT). Currently studying dance- and movement therapy at the University of South-Eastern Norway. Kari has many years of experience from psychiatry, childrens welfare and social services. Permanently employed as an advisor at Akershus University Hospital, department for research and development within the division of mental health. Runs her own private practice as a psychologist and yogateacher in Oslo. Member of Norwegian Association of psychologists, International Association of Yogatherapists and Norwegian association of Yogateachers. Webpage: karilorentzen.no

Gro C. Montarou

Gro Cecilie Meisingseth Montarou is a specialist in Norwegian Psychomotoric Physiotehrapy and has given lectures for further education in physiotherapy for more than 20 years. She has worked almost 30 years with youths with mental health problems, who often struggle with physically symptoms, which worsen their mental state and reduces their autonomy.

Heidi P. Wiese

Heidi Presterud Wiese is a Psychomotoric physical therapist specialized in facilitating emotional release work through EFT, gestalt therapy and bodywork techniques.
She is a Yogatherapist with focus on the psychotherapeutic application of yoga and is practicing and exploring psychotherapeutic aspects of yoga. Her aim is to integrate good changes for the individual through integrating psychotherapy and yoga. Heidi has her own clinic helseogyoga.no in the outskirt of Oslo which she administrates and where she practices individual- and group-therapy. She also works and teaches at StudioDay in Oslo.