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 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

I am an occupational therapist with more than 30 years experience evaluating and treating clients challenged by sensory processing disorders. I am not a psychologist, but an occupational therapist trained to use activities to accurately assess and treat these concerns for children and adults. Sensory modulation, balance, coordination, and self regulation are challenges experienced by highly sensitive people. I use age appropriate training to create personal treatment plans.

— Tina Anderson, Occupational Therapist in Austin, TX

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 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

I have been trained consistently in evidenced based practices because of the nature of clinics and their push for quick solution-focused approaches. However, I offer the option of working on life areas in Sensorimotor Theory coming from a place of addressing the presenting problem in a well rounded long-term way. Sensorimotor Therapy is an approach that addresses trauma, stress and emotional health and the connection to the physical body and how our bodies communicate with us.

— David Diaz, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY

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.

— Alissa Kammerling, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in , CO

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 ONLINE, CO

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

Somatic awareness reduces stress and anxiety, through titrating the autonomic nervous system and discharging stress. Some of the leading somatic approaches are: Pat Odgen's Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Peter Levine's Somatic Experiencing as well as Ron Kurtz's work in Hakomi.

— Thasja Hoffmann, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute Level 1 Graduate- American Society for Clinical Hypnosis Intermediate Trained- Member in good standing ASCH & ISST-D (The International Society for the Study of Trauma & Dissociation). I am trained in Dr. Frank Corrigan's DBR ( Deep Brain Reorienting Therapy ), & am an EMDRIA Approved Consultant, EMDR Therapist, Ego State Therapist and Level 2 trained in Clinical Hypnosis. I work with experiencers of PTSD, C-PTSD & the Dissociative Disorders.

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