Sensorimotor Psychotherapy

Developed by Pat Ogden, sensorimotor psychotherapy is a body-centered therapeutic approach to treating the somatic (or physical) symptoms of trauma. In combination with techniques from cognitive, affective and psychodynamic treatment theories, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy focuses on the client’s bodily experiences as a way to achieve increased awareness and well-being. Therapists practicing Sensorimotor Psychotherapy will help clients to become aware of their bodies and track their bodily sensations. They will teach clients how to implement physical actions that promote empowerment and competency. Sensorimotor Psychotherapy may be particularly helpful for clients are working through trauma as well as those with anxiety, depression, anger management issues, and addictions. Think this approach might be right for you? Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s Sensorimotor Psychotherapy experts today.

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I trained in this incredible healing approach as soon as I finished school, deepening my skills and knowledge of how to include our physical, body experience in therapy for deeper, lasting healing. If you're like the folks I typically work with, you already know a lot about what is going on that isn't working for you. If knowing and talking about it was enough, you might not even be looking for a therapist. Using this treatment, I help you actually experience how it feels to live differently.

— Ellen Tarby, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Sacramento, CA

I am Level 1 trained in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and integrate this into my Person-Centered, Strengths-Based approach to all my treatment. I believe there is a strong connection between the mind and body and that sometimes mental health issues can store themselves in the physical body.

— Misty Gibson, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Tacoma, WA

I am Level 1 trained in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and regularly integrate the body/mind approach into my therapeutic practice. This helps us to navigate a holistic treatment approach, inclusive of your physical sensations, your cognitions, and your emotional self.

— Misty Gibson, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Tacoma, WA

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (SP) is a complete therapeutic modality for trauma and attachment issues. SP welcomes the body as an integral source of information which can guide resourcing and the accessing and processing of challenging, traumatic, and developmental experience. SP is a holistic approach that includes somatic, emotional, and cognitive processing and integration.

— Rosa Shetty, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Burbank, CA

This somatic (body and mind) approach brings the wisdom of your body into the therapeutic process of addressing, accessing, processing, transforming, and resolving trauma. This modality explores the present-moment sensations and experiences (mindfulness) of the body to help heal trauma.

— Krystal Ying, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Rosa, CA

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute Level 1 Graduate

— Cheri Yadon, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Poulsbo, WA

SP is a holistic approach integrating somatic, emotional, cognitive, and relational aspects to help clients heal from trauma and attachment experiences. As an SP-informed therapist I use a mindful, experiential approach to guide my clients in processing their experiences. SP is nonviolent, always following the wisdom of the client and never forcing change before someone is ready. SP honors behavior patterns as adaptive and protective for us. I am Level I trained and completing Level II.

— Laura Stephan, Psychologist in Roseville, MN

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy combines mindfulness and awareness of body and other moment to moment experience to help support clients in building skills and healing trauma. This modality is something I use quite regularly with clients, and I am continuing to deepen my skills all the time.

— Leigh Rosenberg, Clinical Social Worker in St. Paul, MN

Utilizing sensorimotor psychotherapy with both individuals and couples has offered my clients a chance to deepen into their work with me. By understanding the mind-body connection, and engaging with the felt experience in the body, clients can often move through traumatic experience in meaningful and helpful ways, while also avoiding feeling retraumatized.

— Lisa Katona, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Traumas of all types leave lasting imprints in our nervous system. The body remembers. Sometimes that can lead us to feeling panicky, overwhelmed, shut down or even angry. Sensorimotor therapy uses the body to help our nervous system learn to find safety once again.

— David Zimmerman, Professional Counselor Associate in Portland, OR

I have been working with Sensory issues since 2003 and been one of the first in the field in Ohio to work with teens and older adults. I have worked at Ohio State and other facilities. I have worked with people on the spectrum and those that have just sensory issues when most people worked with children. It is so important that those who have felt like the have not been heard, be heard and know that we are there for them too.

— DeeDee Fetters, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Rural Hall, NC

The body holds the wisdom to your healing. Sensorimotor psychotherapy is a profound combination of body based explorations, mindfulness sequencing of sensation in the body to help you unlock trauma, unconscious parts and move into a more whole, calm, curious and connected version of yourself. It goes through 3 phases of stabilization, processing and integration. This modality combined with other right brain approaches allows for deep transformation and more satisfaction in life.

— Nicole Nakamura, Licensed Professional Counselor

Did you know that you can change the way you feel by moving your body or engaging your senses?Movement regulates us. Build an understanding of your sensory profile, and how to navigate the landscape of sensory-uncertainty that is our modern world.

— Mollie Gibson, Licensed Clinical Social Worker - Candidate

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy--those are some big words. I think of it more as a way to integrate attachment work, mindfulness, parts work as well as somatic work to understand your body, and help unlock the information it holds. It's not necessarily as simple as that sounds, but working in this way has really helped my clients gain so much more understanding about themselves and how they can begin to take steps to feel more present in their own lives.

— Sherry Alamdari, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in SANTA MONICA, CA