What is Sensorimotor Psychotherapy?

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy was developed by Pat Odgen and is a body-centred approach that focuses on the somatic symptoms of trauma. It holds that unresolved traumatic experiences end up trapped within the body. It is a combination of somatic therapies, attachment theory, neuroscience, cognitive techniques, and other techniques.

The focus of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy is to use a person’s physical, mental, and emotional states to manage and relieve the physical sensation that are connected to the trauma. Details of the trauma do not necessarily need to be recalled for the treatment to be effective.

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy can be beneficial for:

  • PTSD
  • Substance dependency
  • Abuse
  • Anger
  • Relationship issues
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Development issues
  • Issues with emotion regulation
  • Chronic pain

Further Reading

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy https://sensorimotorpsychotherapy.org

This is the official website for Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. It is more for therapists desiring trainings, but it does have some information on Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and it has a Therapist Directory in which you can look up officially trained therapists.

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