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

This is a bottom up therapeutic approach that uses the body to guide the processing of traumatic experiences. Sensorimotor Psychotherapy supports you in understanding your nervous system, and helps you discover and create new strategies to calm and recenter yourself. Sensorimotor Psychotherapy is ideal for healing trauma and attachment wounds.

— Ali Kammerling, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Denver, CO

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

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 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

I am nearly done with level II of sensorimotor psychotherapy. When I'm done, it will be a total of 270 hours of training. My trainer asked me to help her teach level I next fall, which should help me understand this approach even more. I love how SP helps us process trauma where it's stored--in the body. You are probably aware of your physical symptoms. SP can help us address those compassionately and directly.

— Rachel Slough-Johnson, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Winona, MN

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

I have completed level 1 & 2 training and am currently enrolled in level 3, certification training to be completed December 2020.

— Camilla Mitchell, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Pacific Grove, CA

"The body carries the legacy of trauma and attachment dynamics in procedural habits of movement, posture, and nervous system regulation that can keep clients stuck in the past. SP actively incorporates awareness of the body into clinical practice, targeting the habits of physical action, autonomic dysregulation, and posture. By addressing the physical, as well as the psychological effects of adverse experience on mind and body, SP supports a deep, effective, and approach to healing."

— Lina Lewis-Arevalo, Licensed Professional Counselor in , NJ

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy uses mindful attention to the body to familiarize us with the ways we show up in the world and in relationship. All of us have adapted brilliantly, based on our early experiences. However, 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

SP is a method that draws upon the natural wisdom of the body to tap into the innate drive in all of us to heal, adapt and develop new capacities. The effects of trauma, neglect and abusive or emotionally painful relationships with childhood caregivers are held in our nervous systems, posture, and movement habits as well as in unresolved painful emotions and limiting beliefs. To change these patterns, clients learn to mindfully follow the natural intelligent processes of body and mind.

— Jodi Alieksaites, Licensed Professional Counselor in Boulder, CO

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