Do you ever feel like you’re in a labyrinth of mental health struggles, trapped in a maze of emotional turmoil that no amount of talking seems to address? 


For some individuals, traditional talk therapies may fall short in addressing their mental health concerns. This is particularly true for those that have experienced trauma, particularly developmental trauma or intimate partner violence. However, there are forms of therapy that can help bridge the gap between mind and body.


Sensorimotor Psychotherapy operates on the principle of embodied awareness, where therapists facilitate the connection between bodily sensations and psychological well-being. It helps to address the impacts of trauma that are stored in our bodies beyond the level of conscious awareness and that can be difficult to address with talk therapy alone. 


This holistic approach offers hope for those navigating the complexities of mental health challenges, guiding them toward a path of profound self-discovery and restoration.

What is Sensorimotor Psychotherapy?

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy is a form of somatic therapy that acknowledges the connection between the mind and body.


It was developed and pioneered by a therapist named Pat Ogden. She developed this form of therapy through her extensive experience working with trauma survivors and her deep understanding of the mind-body connection.


Drawing from her background in psychology, dance movement therapy, and mindfulness practice, Ogden integrated various therapeutic techniques to create a holistic approach to healing trauma.


Unlike traditional talk therapy, which primarily focuses on using our thinking mind to address challenges, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy incorporates bodily sensations, movements, and gestures into the healing process. It is an example of a ‘bottom up’ therapy, which works in the lower regions of the brain that are inaccessible via talk therapy to process sensory and emotional information that contributes to mental health challenges. 


Through this approach, individuals learn to explore and understand the messages conveyed by their bodies, leading to a deeper comprehension of their emotional states and past experiences and a release of trauma stored in the body.

How Does Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Work?

Sensorimotor Psychology involves the concept of embodied awareness. Therapists guide clients in paying attention to their bodily sensations, such as tension, relaxation, warmth, or discomfort. 


By cultivating this awareness, individuals can identify and process unresolved emotions and trauma stored within the body. 


Through a variety of techniques, including mindful movement, breathwork, and gentle touch, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy provides patients with the tools to effectively regulate their nervous systems and release trauma held in the body.


By engaging in these practices within a safe and supportive therapeutic environment, individuals can gradually and safely release tension and sensation stored from past experiences. This process nurtures a deeper integration of mind and body, helping with healing and promoting resilience.

What Does Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Help With?

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy can help with challenges and conditions such as:


  • Trauma-related disorders: Particularly effective for PTSD and complex PTSD, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy helps individuals process traumatic memories stored within their bodies, supporting healing and integration.
  • Anxiety disorders: By promoting body awareness and nervous system regulation, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy equips individuals with practical tools for managing anxiety symptoms and finding a sense of calm.
  • Mood disorders (e.g., depression): Recognizing the embodied aspects of emotions, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy offers insight into depressive symptoms and strategies for coping and resilience, particularly when depression is linked to experiences of trauma.
  • Borderline personality disorder: Integrating body awareness with emotional processing, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy supports stability, self-understanding, and healthier relationships for individuals with borderline personality disorder.
  • Chronic pain: By addressing emotional stressors and promoting relaxation, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy helps manage and alleviate chronic pain.
  • Relationship difficulties: Exploring somatic aspects of relational patterns fosters insight, empathy, and connection in interactions with others.


If you’re ready to embark on a journey toward healing and self-discovery, book a free 5-minute consultation with Monarch Psychology today. Our compassionate therapists are here to support you on your path to wellness. Take the first step into a brighter future.


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Our Sensorimotor Psychotherapists

Devany Benis
Natasha Thibodeau