Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Training for Mental Health Professionals

SP Trainings are designed for legally authorized mental health professionals to integrate and apply Sensorimotor Psychotherapy theory and techniques into clinical practice.

Theoretically grounded in neuroscience and attachment research, SP trainings provide professionals with the foundational skills and principles necessary to include the body in psychotherapy as both a source of information and target for intervention. Participants are taught a mindfulness-based approach to treating emotional and cognitive experience that facilitates access to deeper authentic experience.

Having an active clinical practice or position is helpful in integrating Sensorimotor Psychotherapy learning, however, SP Trainings are also appropriate for mental health professionals in transition who do not have an active practice. Graduate and post-graduate professionals working toward building an active practice are also appropriate for the program

Traditional psychotherapy addresses the cognitive and emotional elements of trauma and early attachment issues but lacks techniques that work directly with the physiological elements. Research shows that trauma and early attachment profoundly affects the body and that many symptoms of afflicted individuals are somatically driven.

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy℠ builds upon traditional psychotherapeutic techniques and principles but approaches the body as central in the therapeutic field of awareness, and includes observational skills, theories, and interventions not usually practiced in psychodynamic psychotherapy. Theoretical principles and treatment approaches from both the mental health and body psychotherapy traditions are integrated in this approach.

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy℠ draws from body-oriented psychotherapy methodology pioneered by Ron Kurtz (Kurtz, 1990) as a foundation for therapeutic skills and incorporates theory and technique from psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, neuroscience, and the theories of attachment and dissociation.


Level I

Developmental Injury

Level II

Advanced Integrative Training

Level III

Specialty Applications

Level II – III


Introductory & Supplemental

Embark on your Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Journey with our State-of-the-Art Trauma Training Programs

At the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute (SPI), we are constantly nurturing the growth and development of professionals throughout the world through our extensive and cutting-edge trauma training programs. 

At any time, numerous cohorts from around the world are deeply engaged in our professional trauma training courses, each at various stages of their educational journey. 

SPI is delighted to offer a range of upcoming trainings open for enrollment to allow clinicians such as yourself, a significant step forward in your professional development. These trainings are updated with the latest trauma knowledge to evolve your practice and equip you with specialized body-oriented skills for the treatment of trauma and other trauma-related and dissociative conditions. We encourage you to view the list of SPI available programs and find the one that aligns best with your trauma treatment training needs.

Beyond our comprehensive professional trauma training program, SPI is also proud to present a variety of trauma-focused and trauma-informed online events and webinars. These events are tailored to accommodate a wide spectrum of learners, from therapists trained in other modalities and different types of clinicians like occupational therapists and medics, to Sensorimotor Psychotherapy beginners and intermediate practitioners looking to refine and expand their Sensorimotor Psychotherapy skill set. These webinars are an excellent and supplementary source of continuing education credit and continuing professional development.

To further enhance your learning experience, SPI offers an array of additional online opportunities! SPI’s exclusive online library offers a wealth of recorded seminars by our world renowned thought partners and faculty. These aren’t just overviews – they’re designed to help you truly understand and apply the concepts and techniques of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy across different topics.  

Join us by registering for one of our trainings, events, or recorded seminars and begin your transformative journey and harness the power of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy to enhance your practice and the lives of those you serve.

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy blends theory and technique from cognitive and dynamic therapy with straightforward somatic awareness and movement interventions… that promote empowerment and competency.
Dr. Daniel Siegel

Executive Director, Mindsight Institute

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