Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (SP) is a method that draws on the natural wisdom of the body, such as posture, movement, and the nervous system, to tap into the innate drive in all of us to heal, adapt, and develop new capacities.
The effects of trama, neglect and abusive or emotionally painful relationships with childhood caregivers are held in our nervous systems, in our posture, and in movement habits. They are also held as unresolved painful emotions and limiting beliefs. To change these patterns, clients learn to mindfully follow the natural intelligence of the mind and body. New information that often remains unnoticed in conventional therapies is revealed by paying attention to both aspects - body and mind. This can often accelerate healing and lead to profound change.
What can I expect in a session?
SP is a talking therapy, and treatment takes place in a traditional counselling session. I will help you become aware of the ways that your body holds the problems and patterns you have come to therapy for. As the client, you are in control of what to explore. You might choose to work with strong emotions that have been suppressed, limiting beliefs such as "I am not good enough", or "I am not important", trauma symptoms like panic or nightmares, or physical symptoms like a racing heartbeat or physical pain. I will guide you to become mindfully aware of your posture, movement, and physical sensations so that you can resolve your issues.
This technique can be used in combination with other modalities. Adults, adolescents or children can all benefit from SP. Both therapists and clients alike report that Sensorimotor Psychotherapy leads to increased connection with others, a greater sense of safety, and a new way of being in the world.
"Long lasting responses to trauma result not simply from the experience of fear & helplessness, but from how our bodies interpret those experiences.
By Rachel Yehuda, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, New York