Body focused PSYCHOTHERAPY
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy is a body-centered psychotherapy technique originated by Pat Ogden and based on the research and work of leaders in the field of Neuroscience, Psychological Trauma, Development, Attachment, and Somatic Psychotherapy. The focus of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy is how our body holds patterns and procedures based on our experiences and relationships. These patterns and procedures are evident in the way we hold ourselves and how we respond to stimuli with our bodies. These patterns and procedures often relate directly to beliefs we have about ourselves and the world. For example, someone with high anxiety may present with patterns of restricted and rigid body language and may withdraw quickly from intimate gestures. The work is then done to explore these patterns to allow for the missed experience to occur in the therapeutic setting to release limits one may be experiencing. This may occur in a releasing movement or one's getting in touch with the wounded child to provide a missed need that is then met in the present. The work is focused on struggles you have in the present, meaning it is not always necessary to revisit the details and story of the past. This gentle yet powerful therapy focuses on unpacking old body patterns with the inherent wisdom of one's own body and mind.
This therapy is particularly helpful with working through present effects of past trauma and abuse, as well as understanding and releasing limiting belief systems about oneself and the world (for example: "I am not good enough" or "I am too needy"). In practice, there is no touch from the therapist involved unless the client is interested in appropriate supportive touch. The focus is on mindful awareness and shifts of body states, energy, and associative psychological beliefs - meaning in these sessions we focus on what is happening in your body when you approach a belief that is impactful, then use of body awareness and energy to move through the pain and find a more adult and adaptive perspective of the belief - thus releasing the limitations associated with the trauma, body state and belief.
AEDP uses the transformational power of emotions and affect to rework challenging internal states that no longer serve us. Based in attachment theory, the client forms a secure attachment with the therapist within the therapeutic context, enabling the client to heal old wounding from childhood.