Do you struggle to help numb, disconnected clients who can’t feel emotion or explore inner experience? Learn a comprehensive approach to conceptualize your clients’ concerns. Sensorimotor Psychotherapy uniquely includes the body in therapy as both a source of information and target for intervention. Go beyond theories and gain practical ways to open a new dimension for effective therapy.
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Learn to Work with the Wisdom of the Body
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Discover a Unified Approach to Healing
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. Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (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 unified approach to healing.
What People Are Saying
Pat Ogden and her colleagues are one of the most creative and prominent sources of neurobiologically, psychodynamically, and developmentally informed clinical models in the expanding world of somatically-focused psychotherapy.
– Allan Shore, PhD, author of Affect Regulation and the Origin of Self
Weaving Sensorimotor Psychotherapy theory and practice into psychodynamic or cognitive-behavioral models of therapy, including EMDR and exposure treatments, helps unify the body and mind in the treatment of trauma. Moreover, this work can be effectively used as an adjunct to already existing psychotherapeutic modalities.
– Daniel J. Siegel, MD, author of The Developing Mind: How Relationships and the Brain Interact to Shape Who We Are
Since re-living of trauma often occurs in the form of physical sensations…learning how to manage and uncouple physical sensations from trauma-based emotions has emerged as one of the essential aspects of the effective treatment of PTSD. Pat Ogden (originator of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy) is the undisputed master of teaching clinicians how to work with physical sensation to help people beyond their trauma. For me, her work has opened up a whole new dimension of effective therapy.
– Bessel A. van der Kolk, MD, author of Traumatic Stress: The Effects of Overwhelming Experience on Mind, Body and Society
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy is a conceptually elegant, powerfully effective body therapy that involves a broad repertoire of somatic interventions specifically designed to help clients tap into the wisdom of their bodies. The SPI Training Program offers ingeniously taught intensive courses for clinicians seeking to deepen their understanding of the body.
– Martha Stark, MD, author of Working with Resistance and Modes of Therapeutic Action