EMDR, Psychedelic Assisted Therapy, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Internal Family Systems for PTSD, Trauma, Anxiety and Depression
Developed by Dr. Pat Ogden, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy focuses on body awareness and movement to process disturbing events connected to uncomfortable sensation in the body, transforming these memories, or "disconnecting" the memories from the uncomfortable sensations. As you may or may not know, the human body has memory and is a vessel for emotions. The body moves according to these emotions or sensations, expressing thoughts and feelings, without one's awareness. The body never lies, evidenced by the success of uncovering truths with technologies such as lie detectors. Using your body to move and allowing to process these emotions through movement, then these sensations are "released", creating resolution and a sense of "it's over".
The body has the ability to heal! We never give it the opportunity to achieve its own healing because we get distracted by stimuli, daily life and responsibilities.
Traumatic experiences can create disruptions in the body's ability to regulate sensations, emotions, and movements, leading to symptoms such as hypervigilance, dissociation, and somatic complaints.
The core principle of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy is that by engaging the body and its sensory experiences, individuals can access and process traumatic memories and sensations that are often inaccessible through traditional talk therapy alone. Through a collaborative therapeutic relationship, the therapist helps the client become aware of bodily sensations, explore how they relate to emotions and thoughts, and develop new somatic resources for self-regulation.
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy utilizes a range of techniques and interventions, including mindful attention to bodily sensations, movement exercises, breathwork, and gentle physical contact when appropriate. The therapist supports the client in tracking bodily sensations, exploring patterns of movement and posture, and identifying areas of tension or constriction that may be related to past traumas.
By gradually increasing the client's capacity to tolerate and regulate bodily sensations and emotions, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy aims to facilitate the integration of fragmented traumatic memories and promote a sense of safety and empowerment. This approach can help individuals develop new neural pathways and restore a more balanced relationship between the body and the mind.
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy has been found effective in treating a range of issues related to trauma, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), attachment difficulties, anxiety, and depression. It is often used in conjunction with other therapeutic modalities, providing a comprehensive and holistic approach to healing from trauma.