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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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 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

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy is a mindfulness and body-based approach to healing trauma. It is a very experiential approach to healing that involves a lot of experiments, movement, and creativity to help the body do now what it couldn't at the time of the trauma. I use guided mindfulness at help you notice bodily sensations, emotions, thoughts, beliefs, impulses for movement, images, the five senses, and imagery.

— Soren Stone, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor
 

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 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
 

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute Level 1 Graduate

— Cheri Yadon, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Poulsbo, 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
 

Talk therapy is most effective when integrated through the body. If you are willing, I will work with you to explore movement and sound. I have practiced Continuum Movement since 1988 and have experience with Buteyko breath work. My training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Level I & II, plus assisting at trainings, gives me a foundation to work with trauma.

— Julene Weaver, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, WA

I am a certified Level I Sensorimotor Psychotherapy practitioner. Sensorimotor Psychotherapy helps individuals work through trauma at the level of the body and nervous system where trauma responses are rooted.

— Natasha Kruger, Psychologist in Campbell, CA
 

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 is a somatic (body-based) therapy for trauma and stress. This therapy uses mindful awareness of your senses and body movement to reconnect with and strengthen your capacity to feel good, and to process through responses that get "stuck" in our systems when we have an overwhelming or traumatic experience. Sensorimotor Psychotherapy allows you to process trauma without having to "tell the story" of the experience.

— Fievel Jack Steller, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
 

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

Currently in training through the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute

— Carisa Wilder, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Ann Arbor, MI
 

I am level-one trained in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. I also have additional somatic trainings, including yoga, Movement for Trauma (with Jane Clapp), and others.

— Raina LaGrand, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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