What is it Sensorimotor Psychotherapy?
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy recognises that trauma is stored in the body and that trauma is therefore released through the body. Body-centred psychotherapies hold that traumatic experiences may become trapped deep within the body, in body sensations, memories, feelings, emotions and movements. We may be very unaware of the existence of these unresolved traumas and talking therapies alone may fail to unearth these unconscious issues.
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy is a very particular way of working with people who have suffered trauma. The approach focuses primarily on the body with the intention of engaging one of the innate principle of the body known as ‘organicity’, meaning the body’s innate intelligence to heal.
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy works with both traumatic memories (like a car accident or a fall) or with the more ‘usual’ forms of childhood trauma that we have all experienced (like exclusion, rejection, abandonment etc.)
These memories are encoded in our cell memory as images, thoughts, scripts, sensations and beliefs all of which have the potential to highjack us in our current life situations and relationships. When a sense of safety has been created between the client and the therapist, the unconscious mind which holds these memories, images and beliefs etc. will consent to ‘show up’ in a way which facilitates healing. Through the use of advanced mindfulness the client is gently facilitated in accessing, processing, transforming and integrating old emotional pain or traumatic memory.
Who is it for?
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy is for anyone who has the ability to develop an awareness of the body’s sensation and feeling nature. If one has the ability to drop the analysing mind and be present to what arises in the body, moment by moment, this way of working can bring benefit in a very powerful way without the need to endlessly recount old distressing narratives.
How long will the session last?
Typically a session will last 50-60 minutes