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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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

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute Level 1 Graduate

— Cheri Yadon, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Poulsbo, 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 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 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

Specialized in trauma informed body healing, sensorimotor psychotherapy explores your automatic and natural responses to traumatize experiences that at the time helped you survive; however now is no longer serving you. I provide safe and effective interventions that engage the body in the healing journey along with the mind, your emotional and behavioral responses. Aligning the entire system

— Lauren Cousin,

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

"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

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

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

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

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

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

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