Sensorimotor Psychotherapy

Sensorimotor psychotherapy (SP) is a gentle, mind-body therapy that assists clients in assimilating and resolving the damaging effects of trauma on a cognitive and emotional level.

In the 1980’s, Dr. Pat Ogden identified the value in combining principles of Hakomi and somatic therapy, and founded the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute. This blend of two approaches became an effective tool for treating mind-body dissociation and the resulting psychological problems.

Dr. Ogden recognized that trauma leads to a wide range of physiological symptoms and emotional issues. She noted that often what was experienced in the body had profound and negative impact on the stress in the mind. Individuals could become stuck in their emotional state, disconnected from it, or prone to a state of hyperarousal. Helping the person to become aware of the physical events happening in their body and enabling them to regulate these reactions allowed reintegration of body and mind to begin and paved the way towards healing.

Certified SP therapists are available to provide more information on this effective mind-body therapy.

Specific Techniques


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