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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Present-moment experience is used, with special attention on body sensations. This modality can be especially powerful when there is trauma. Bringing mindful attention to body sensations allows trauma activation to processed in a manageable way.

— Sarah Howeth, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Portland, OR

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 Seattle, WA
 

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

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 Seattle, WA
 

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (SP) is a 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 integrationSP enables clients to discover and change habitual physical and psychological patterns that impede optimal functioning and well-being

— Kate Wester, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Oak Park, IL

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 Ithaca, NY
 

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy combines talk therapy and mindful attention to the body, familiarizing us with the ways we show up in the world and in relationship. All of us have adapted brilliantly, based on our early experiences, but sometimes those adaptations can create issues for us as we move outside our family systems. By studying the connection between our body and mind, we can experiment with new ways of being in and finding resources in our bodies that lead to more fulfilling way of being.

— Jennie Bertone, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA

By dropping the narratives we tell ourselves, we can closely listen into what our bodies are telling us. Sensorimotor Psychotherapy explores insights from our thoughts, emotions and physical sensations- whether it's a tingling in the feet, the impulse to clench a fist, or a release of tension in the chest. By tapping into the language of our body, we begin to be able to grasp the wisdom of our instincts for connection and protection to find new ways of healing.

— Taylor Kall, Therapist in Austin, TX
 

I ground myself in a holistic perspective and utilize brain-body connections to deepen self-understanding (the body is wise!) and release trauma (when you wish your body would STOP keeping the score).

— Zoe Shpiner, Associate Clinical Social Worker in San Diego, CA

I am currently training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, which focuses on healing the whole person - physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.

— Traci Patterson, Therapist in Chicago, IL
 

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

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
 

I am currently receiving advanced training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. This therapy focusses heavily on the body and explores how we can understand and work with our nervous systems directly. I find this helpful for everyone, but especially for folks with past trauma and for LGBTQ+ folks who are struggling to feel a connection between their mind and body.

— Elliot Huemann, Counselor in Minneapolis, MN

Sensorimotor psychotherapy is a body-centered therapeutic approach that focuses on identifying and treating the physical symptoms people experience as a result of unresolved trauma. (SP) is a method that draws upon the natural wisdom of the body (posture, movement, and the nervous system) to tap into the innate drive in all of us to heal, adapt, and develop new capacities.

— Stephanie Josephine Morgan, Clinical Social Worker in Ferndale, MI
 

I have completed Level I and Level II Sensorimotor Psychotherapy trainings in order to work holistically with trauma and attachment wounds on all the levels in which they are stored in the body, including emotions, cognitions, sensations, movement, and impulse.

— Nicole Versaw, Clinical Social Worker in Greenwood Village, CO