What is Sensorimotor Psychotherapy?

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What is Sensorimotor Psychotherapy?

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (SP) integrates traditional psychotherapy with body-centered practices. It recognizes the connection between the mind and body, focusing on how unresolved trauma and emotional experiences manifest physically. Therapists help clients become aware of bodily sensations, movements, and gestures related to their emotions and trauma. By addressing these physical manifestations, individuals can process and release trauma, leading to emotional healing and a sense of well-being.

SP is used to treat trauma-related disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as well as anxiety, depression, and dissociation. It focuses on the connection between trauma and the body, helping individuals process and integrate traumatic experiences. Sensorimotor Psychotherapy is particularly effective for clients who have a history of physical or emotional trauma, helping them release stored trauma in the body and regain a sense of safety and stability.

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy integrates traditional talk therapy with body-focused techniques. Therapists help clients develop awareness of bodily sensations and movements related to emotions and trauma. Sessions may involve gentle body movements, breathing exercises, and mindfulness practices. Clients learn to track and regulate bodily sensations, promoting a sense of safety and grounding. Therapists guide clients in exploring the connection between physical sensations and emotional experiences, facilitating the release and integration of stored trauma.

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