In our sessions, we may opt to combine meaningful dialogue with something termed the sensorimotor approach. Sensorimotor psychotherapy is essentially a form of therapy that includes the practice of mindfulness and a gentle awareness of the body.
“Sensorimotor Psychotherapy blends theory and technique from cognitive and dynamic therapy with straightforward somatic awareness and movement interventions… that promote empowerment and competency.” – Dr. Daniel Siegel, Executive Director, Mindsight Institute
Sensorimotor approaches are often used in treating situational trauma, such as car accidents, assault, abrupt life-transitions and other shocking events. It can also be used in the process of uncovering important resources that may not have been accessed or developed due to developmental and relational-trauma, such as long-term family conflict, abuse, and so on. Clients who have experienced developmental trauma often express feelings of being stuck, overwhelmed, numb, “floaty”, enraged or flooded and hijacked by sensations or “feeling-states” such as fight, flight, submit or freeze. In this form of work, we engage in a safe and slow process of integration and transformation en route to nurturing experiences of stability, centeredness, and healthy vitality.