Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (SP) is a somatic therapy that uses psychodynamic theory, attachment theory, learning theory and conditioning, polyvagal theory, and an interpersonal neurobiological approach.
SP explores in real time the way in which a client has come to feel, perceive, believe, respond, and engage with themselves and others.
Where traditional approaches offer a top-down, think-your-way-through methodology, SP offers a bottom-up, sense, observe, feel, and move your way through process. The aim of this process is to reorganizing a client's experience.
The therapist and client work together to notice and contact what is happening in session; the therapist uses social engagement to help the client to regulate; manages the level of consciousness in the room by tracking, directing attention, asking questions; and, inviting experiments, all while modeling a curious, and compassionate witnessing.
The client is an equal partner in this collaborative approach and is considered the expert of their own experience with the innate drive to grow, heal, integrate, unlearn/relearn, and in partnership with the therapist, experience ways in which to bring about change, building a more conscious, intentional, helpful system of being and being in the world.