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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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 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
 

I am currently a student of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (Level 1 - Trauma Themes, expected graduation Feb., 2022). I am especially passionate about helping QTPOC navigate our relationships with our bodies. As a trans person, I know firsthand what dysphoria feels like... and as a biracial person, I know how it feels to not love the skin I'm in. SP has been a great tool to help folks like me learn to feel safe and confident in our bodies, and I look forward to sharing this experience with you.

— Lance Hicks, Clinical Social Worker

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

— Traci Patterson, Therapist in Chicago, IL

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
 

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 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 therapy is a "bottom up" therapy focused on movement, bodily sensation, and sensory perception. Powerful emotional experiences and traumas carry a bodily memory that is not easy address with talk therapy alone, which is what sent me in pursuit of a certificate in this approach. Sensorimotor therapy also combines well with mindfulness-based approaches, which I began studying 15 years ago.

— Geoff Bathje, Psychologist in Chicago, IL

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
 

Sensorimotor therapy is a "bottom up" therapy focused on movement, bodily sensation, and sensory perception. Powerful emotional experiences and traumas carry a bodily memory that is not easy address with talk therapy alone, which is what sent me in pursuit of a certificate in this approach. Sensorimotor therapy also combines well with mindfulness-based approaches, which I began studying 15 years ago.

— Geoff Bathje, Psychologist in Chicago, IL

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
 

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