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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— Cheri Yadon, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Poulsbo, 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 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 (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 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

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 I trained and completing Level II.

— Laura Stephan, Psychologist in Roseville, MN

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

— Traci Patterson, Therapist in Chicago, IL

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

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, as developed by Pat Ogden, PhD, combines somatic therapies, attachment theory, cognitive applications, neuroscience, and techniques from the Hakomi method and is especially helpful in working with trauma and developmental injuries. I completed levels 1 and 2 and have assisted in both levels.

— Anna Dasbach, Counselor

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy is a somatic (body-based) orientation that allows the wisdom of the body to guide the natural drive toward movement and integration. Clients learn skills to regulate hyperarousal and numbing, safely experience sensations, and process thoughts, emotions and trauma-related experiences. SP is based on principles of mindfulness, attachment theory, as well as trauma and neuroscience research.

— Alison Dowd, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Chicago, IL

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, Marriage and Family Therapist Associate in Portland, OR

The body holds the wisdom to your healing. Sensorimotor psychotherapy is a profound combination of body based explorations, mindfulness sequencing of sensation in the body to help you unlock trauma, unconscious parts and move into a more whole, calm, curious and connected version of yourself. It goes through 3 phases of stabilization, processing and integration. This modality combined with other right brain approaches allows for deep transformation and more satisfaction in life.

— Nicole Nakamura, Licensed Professional Counselor

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

Where trauma is present, reputable means for addressing what just talk therapy can often exacerbate is crucial for finding agency to move forward living your life. Pat Ogden’s Sensorimotor Psychotherapy has been a leading contributor to somatic-based therapy approaches for over four decades. I have completed training and consultation in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for Trauma Themes to help you somatically address unprocessed trauma stuck in your body.

— Becky Campbell, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, WA

"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 Lincroft, NJ