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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"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 Fort Lauderdale, FL

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

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

Trained in Level 2 of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, I help clients access the mind-body's innate healing processes to resolve sources of suffering and distress.

— Karen Helfrich, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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

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

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 II trained and assist with ongoing training

— Laura Stephan, Psychologist in St. Paul, MN