Somatic Experiencing©/Sensorimotor Psychotherapy

When words are not enough to help a client heal, a somatic approach to trauma treatment can be effective. Traditional psychotherapy focuses on the cognitive or emotional aspects of the individual, but such an approach is limited. Somatic Experiencing® (SE) and Sensorimotor psychotherapy joins cognitive and somatic techniques. This is important in treatment as trauma itself can have an overwhelming effect on the body and can manifest as somatic symptoms.

Recent research has found that our bodies hold memories and imprints of our past experiences. The trauma at the root of anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and other symptoms can’t be resolved without our body finding a way to address these memories and imprints. Sustained healing only happens when our nervous system regains equilibrium. Somatic Experiencing® (SE) and Sensorimotor psychotherapy are similar processes that help people move beyond the cognitive process of understanding trauma. They are processes that reprograms the body’s primitive survival instincts by getting in touch with our sensations, allowing one to feel a greater sense of connection, safety, and ease in one’s body.