• Somatic and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy

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    What is Somatic and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy?

    Somatic and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy stem from revolutionary research in the field of neuroscience, psychology, physiology, and sociology which supports the mind body connection. For clients who experience intense, distressing physical sensations connected to their emotions or who have not found traditional cognitive-behavioral approaches to therapy helpful, Somatic and Sensorimotor Psychotherapies may be the solution.

    Somatic Psychotherapy

    Somatic Psychotherapy is based on the belief that sometimes the difficult emotions (sadness, anger, grief) that arise during a difficult or traumatic experience, do not get fully processed and remain trapped in the body leading to distressing emotional and somatic symptoms. Somatic symptoms are physical symptoms with no organic cause) such as chronic pain, digestive disorders, sleep disturbances, etc.

    A therapist who is trained in Somatic Psychotherapy will help you work through such difficulties through various strategies to release these emotions and by helping you understand the connection between the mind and body and how this relates to the difficulties that you’re experiencing.

    An advantage of this therapy for trauma is that it focuses specifically on the body and does not involve any cognitive processing (thinking or talking about the traumatic event). This can be helpful for those who find speaking about the trauma too difficult or who do not have memories of the event. It can also be helpful as an adjunct to traditional therapy either before to prepare the nervous system for processing.

    Sensorimotor Psychotherapy

    Sensorimotor Psychotherapy stems from research which suggests that our experiences change our nervous system and how the nervous system conveys our emotions to us. Using various awareness, breath, movement, and cognitive (thinking, talking) approaches, a sensorimotor trained therapist will help you become more aware of your sensory and emotional patterns so that you can regain control of your emotions, understand your behaviour and attachment patterns, and challenge limiting beliefs.

    Both therapies are associated with decreases in distress, increased control of your life, ability to reconnect to the things that once brought us joy, fulfilling relationships, and making meaning out of the traumatic event. They are successfully used to treat the symptoms of mood and anxiety disorders, stress, and PTSD and CPTSD stemming from developmental and or acute traumas.

    Looking for more information before getting started?

    The Benefits of Body-Based Approaches in Psychotherapy

    The Benefits of Body-Based Approaches in Psychotherapy

    This blog outlines the benefits of top-down approaches such as somatic and sensorimotor psychotherapies.

    Finding Calm in the Body

    Finding Calm in the Body

    This group teaches strategies from somatic and sensorimotor psychotherapy to calm the nervous system and find relief from stress, anxiety, and trauma. 

    Ready to get started? Reach out to us today!

    Did you know that most people wait an average of two years before starting therapy? That’s two years of suffering! 

    If you’re ready to find relief from the pain that you’ve been experiencing and are eager to build a fulfilling life, contact us to get started!

    Call, text, or email using the information/form below. Our administrative team will answer any questions you might have and learn how we can help you. 

    If you’re specifically interested in Somatic and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, please tell us at this time so that we can connect you with a therapist offering it. 

    You will then be connected with a therapist for a free 15-minute consultation. 

    This is a chance for us to meet the therapist, ask questions and learn about their approach so that you can determine if they’re the right fit for you. 

    Schedule your first therapy appointment and begin your healing journey! 

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    Meet the Therapists

    Click on the photos below to learn more about the therapists that offer Somatic and/or Sensorimotor therapy