Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for Trauma

What is trauma? 

Trauma is defined as a psychological experience when our mind becomes so overwhelmed by an event that we cannot effectively process it. Shock and denial are often immediate responses to a traumatic event. However, over time, long-term outcomes of trauma may include:

  • Anger

  • Fear

  • Depression

  • Flashbacks

  • Physical symptoms

  • Shame

  • Guilt

  • Unpredictable emotions

What is sensorimotor psychotherapy?

  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy is a somatic or body based talk therapy rooted in neuroscience research.

  • This approach helps people process trauma by working with the body to release unresolved trauma that remains in the nervous system. By working with the body, treatment can help individuals identify how past traumatic experiences impact present day life, with the goal of developing somatic resources and improving daily functioning.

  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy is a gentle treatment approach that works with developmental traumas such as sexual abuse, physical abuse, and verbal abuse as well as single-incident traumas like car accidents and medical trauma.

  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy is also helpful in processing developmental wounds that contribute to negative beliefs about themselves and the world.

How can sensorimotor psychotherapy help?

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy is a helpful approach for people suffering from:

  • PTSD

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Anger management

  • Relationship issues

As patients begin to develop more internal self-regulation resources. they are able to move out of fight/flight/freeze defensive responding and relate to their lives in a more proactive and centered way.

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