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


I have completed Level I training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy as well as having ongoing consultation focused on a Sensorimotor approach to treating trauma. I have been utilzing SPI in my work for the past 5 years.

— Heather Bradley, Psychologist in San Francisco, CA

I am nearly done with level II of sensorimotor psychotherapy. When I'm done, it will be a total of 270 hours of training. My trainer asked me to help her teach level I next fall, which should help me understand this approach even more. I love how SP helps us process trauma where it's stored--in the body. You are probably aware of your physical symptoms. SP can help us address those compassionately and directly.

— Rachel Slough-Johnson, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Onalaska, WI

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

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 Boulder, CO

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

It is scientifically established that stress and psychological challenges are visible in the body. That means simply talking about your challenges often does not impact the way it physically makes you feel. Sensorimotor therapy is a non-directive, trauma-informed approach that helps the body let go of strong emotions and heal from stressful memories.

— Eric Mills, Counselor in Federal Way, WA

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 have completed a year of training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. Additionally, I have completed several additional trainings through SPI; including Relational Embedded Mindfulness and Interpersonal Neurobiology through a cultural lens. It was such a natural progression in my work after doing Gestalt psychotherapy for so long, which has a strong emphasis on listening to and tracking the body as a way to heal and grow.

— Jami Winkel, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, 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 Professional Counselor in Tacoma, WA

Currently in training through the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute

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

Sensorimotor Therapy is body-based talk therapy, integrating current findings from neuroscience to transform traumatic memories into strengths and resources for you. It works with developmental trauma, such as overly critical parents, as well as acute trauma like abuse, violence, or serious physical injury. With a big focus on mindfulness, appropriate pacing, and trusting the wisdom of your body.

— Julio Iñiguez, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Portland, OR

Sensorimotor approaches say that it's not just the brain that has the power, or the body that holds the key to your recovery and resiliency. Ultimately, we can start our work either through your thoughts, emotions, or body sensations to access and release difficult feelings that you've stored over time.

— Peggy Fulda, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Portland, OR

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute Level 1 Graduate

— Cheri Yadon, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Poulsbo, 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

I am currently in the process of training for this amazing modality. The somatic focus builds on my yoga and mindfulness trainings in powerful ways. Sensorimotor psychotherapy is an especially powerful tool for people who recovering from PTSD and CPTSD.

— Jennifer Given-Helms, Counselor in Bellingham, WA

Utilizing sensorimotor psychotherapy with both individuals and couples has offered my clients a chance to deepen into their work with me. By understanding the mind-body connection, and engaging with the felt experience in the body, clients can often move through traumatic experience in meaningful and helpful ways, while also avoiding feeling retraumatized.

— Lisa Katona, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I have completed level 1 and 2 of Sensorimotor psychotherapy as well as advanced trauma training. Sensorimotor is a body oriented approach to trauma and attachment issues which builds mindful curiosity about the patterns we develop in our life from a mind-body approach.

— Nathalie Edmond, Clinical Psychologist in Ewing, NJ

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