Sensorimotor Psychotherapy®, developed by Dr. Pat Ogden, is a comprehensive somatic psychotherapy method for healing the disconnect between body and mind that occurs as a result of trauma or attachment failure. Sensorimotor Psychotherapy® draws from somatic therapies, neuroscience, attachment theory, and cognitive approaches, as well as from the Hakomi Method. Since the first course in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy® was offered in the early 1980’s, it has gained international acclaim. The first book on Sensorimotor Psychotherapy®, Trauma and the Body: A Sensorimotor Approach to Psychotherapy, published in the Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology in 2006 gained international acclaim.
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, founded in 1981 by Dr. Pat Ogden, offers a three-level Training program in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy® that provides training in affect dysregulation, survival defenses, traumatic memory, emotional processing, meaning making, attachment repair. The third level of training is an advanced skills course designed to train and certify therapists in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy®.
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