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Sensorimotor psychotherapy: One method for processing traumatic memory

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Article or website name: Sensorimotor psychotherapy: One method for processing traumatic memory

Author: Ogden, Pat & Minton, K.

Institution: Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute

Country: USA

Type: Body Psychotherapy Education & Articles

URL: www.sensorimotorpsychotherapy.org


Sensorimotor Psychotherapy has been influenced by neuroscience, attachment theory, psychological theory, and Hakomi. This article explains there are three levels of information processing, dependent upon one another for the maintenance of human functioning that can be worked with individually. SP is a comprehensive method that integrates these three leveis, sensorimotor (body), cognitive, and emotional processing. It is up to the therapist, who uses mindful tracking to determine the most productive route during the therapy moment, although initially in SP the body is the primary entry point in processing trauma. This article provides a detailed neurological discussion that among other things explains 'top down^ and 'bottom up' processing and how science supports working with the sensorimotor in the treatment of trauma. When a person experiences trauma the result is unassimilated sensorimotor reactions. Sensorimotor Psychotherapy is a way of facilitating the processing of these reactions, which in turn resolves the destructive effect these reactions had on cognitive and emotional experiences. The goal of SP is to nurture holistic processing by integrating the three levels of our being: cognitive, emotional, and sensorimotor. This article goes over the essentials of SP and gives a case example for further clarification. (CCB)


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Language: English
Country origin: USA

Entry number: 2385
English version:

Entry source: Colleen Campbell Barshop
Entered by: Courtenay Young
Entry date: 19 June 2006

Key Phrases: Trauma - Hakomi - Body Psychotherapy
Other information: see article in USABP Journal 4: 2 : 2005 (2365)