Michael Brennan has been active in Body-based therapy for 30 years, a member of SDIBA for20 years, a licensed Marriage&Family Therapist for 13 years, a Certified Bioenergetic Analyst for 12 years, was a Co-Founder of and on the Southern California Bioenergetic Conference Steering Committee for 10 years and has been on the Boarrd of Directors of SDIBA for 6 years. He has conducted numerous workshops in the U.S. and Europe.
As a Bioenergetic Analyst, my overriding commitment to my clients, whether they be an individual, a couple, a family or other group, is to facilitate the regaining of their ability to be more sensitive to their pain and pleasure, emotionally, physically and psychologically. This always involves assisting my client in decreasing the fear , mostly unconscious, of one's pain and pleasure and the accompanying emotions.
For everyone I have known, personally and professionally, one's circumstances from early on has forced or persuaded one to "toughen up" to get through those circumstances. This construction of a tightened-up, toughened-up way of organismic being sets in motion a dynamic, in the body, mind, and spirit, that restricts the motility and vulnerability required to create and maintain a deeply satisfying way of life for the rest of one's life.
Thus, the journey to becoming more able to create and experience the quality of life one needs in order to thrive, rather than survive, in life, demands that we become more vulnerable and accessible to our pains and pleasures, past and present, not less. Becoming more available to, and thereby, less afraid of our whole organismic experience, we become more responsive to ourselves and others. The denial of our experience, our reactions and the delay in our expressing them is decreased. Our ability to accept and allow the other's experience and expression also increases because we are less afraid of human responses to human circumstances. Our ability to express and listen, i.e., communicate, improves and thus, quality contact with loved ones increases the pleasure we experience in life and decreases the pain that comes from a "toughened up" way of dealing with the people and circumstances of our life.
To me, Bionergetic Analysis is an approach to the human struggle that offers us one of the best chances to recover and uncover our innate organismic ability to surrender to and contend with all that life, as a human, has to offer, the painful and the pleasurable. To increase one's ability to love and be loved, to work, to play, to thrive is a life-affirming venture I am pleased and honored to be involved in.
Accepting new clients: Yes
Avg Cost (per session): $120 - $240
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Insurance: Yes