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.

Meet the specialists

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 Minneapolis, MN
 

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

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 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
 

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 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
 

"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--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
 

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 Minneapolis, MN

I have been passionate about body-centered psychotherapy for many years as a holistic modality. I've completed Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Levels 1 + 2 for trauma and attachment wounds. It has been life-changing for both myself and all of my clients! SP is a trauma-informed and somatic-based talk therapy that allows us to study the entire range of our human experience with compassion and nonjudgment.

— Stephanie Podasca, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern
 

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 Minneapolis, MN

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

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute Level 1 Graduate

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