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Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Body Oriented Therapy Techniques for Trauma and Attachment

The body’s intelligence is largely an untapped resource in psychotherapy.  Few educational programs in psychology or counselling emphasize how to draw on the wisdom of the body to support therapeutic change, leaving therapists mostly dependent on a client’s verbal narrative.  Yet the story told by the “somatic narrative”—gesture, posture, prosody, facial expressions, eye gaze, and movement—is arguably more significant than the story told by the words.  This talk will elucidate the wisdom of the body and how to tap the body itself to support therapeutic goals.  


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Pat Ogden, Ph.D.
59 Minutes
Sep 24, 2020
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Founder and Educational Director

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute®

Pat Ogden, PhD, is a pioneer in somatic psychology and both founder and education director of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute®, an internationally recognized school specializing in somatic–cognitive approaches for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder and attachment disturbances. She is co-founder of the Hakomi Institute, past faculty of Naropa University, a clinician, consultant, international lecturer and trainer, and first author of Trauma and the Body: A Sensorimotor Approach to Psychotherapy. Her second book, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Trauma and Attachment (2015), is a practical guide to integrate Sensorimotor Psychotherapy® into the treatment of trauma and attachment issues. Dr. Ogden, with colleagues, is currently developing Sensorimotor Psychotherapy® for children, couples and families.


Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Pat Ogden is in private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Pat Ogden is a member of the American Psychological Association.

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The Wisdom of the Body
  • Why the movement and posture is important target of intervention 
  • How to use mindfulness  to tap the wisdom of the body (embedded relational mindfulness)
  • Discovering resources of the body to stabilize arousal
Legacies of Trauma and Attachment
  • Use of movement to process traumatic memory
  • Use of movement to support adaptive relationships


  1. Choose three somatic resources to regulate arousal
  2. Determine “bottom up processing” to resolve traumatic memory
  3. Distinguish proximity-seeking actions and how they relate to the client experience
  4. Integrate embedded relational mindfulness within treatment planning for client sessions

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Other Mental Health Professionals



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