Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (SP) 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 behave.   SP uses the following principles in action:  Organicity, Unity, Mind-Body-Spirit Holism, Non-Violence, Mindfulness and Presence, Relational Alchemy, Resource|Full Perspective, and The Body as Resource.  

Where traditional CBT offers a top-down, think-you-way-through methodology, SP offers a bottom-up, sense, observe, feel, and move your way through process for, not just treating, managing, or regulating symptoms but, reorganizing the organism so that healthy and adaptive processes can return, and unhealthy processes are no longer activated, this effects intra- and interpersonal functioning. 

 

SP allows us to move through material while witnessing the building blocks of a client's here and now experience which is often a revisiting of their then and there experiences. 

 

The therapist and client work together to notice and contact what is happening in session;  the therapist uses social engagement to help regulate the client; 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 therapist, therefore, acts as an auxiliary neocortex -  mirroring, reflecting, supporting, regulating, and modeling curiousity and exploration; a safe-other; a collaborator, attuned to the present moment experience and the wisdom of the body; and, in this way helps the client to integrate rather than avoid. 

 

The therapeutic alliance offers space to process unhelpful beliefs, difficulty in being with the self and with others, and trauma, it provides a missing attachment experience, facilitates an act of triumph, and reorganizes the client's procedural tendencies and system of responding. 

 

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 this about.  

SP uses mindfulness and experiments in order that shifts and transformation happen in the therapy room where there is opportunity to change to be supported, witnessed, and savoured in order that change become more enduring.