Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (SP) is a research-based, somatic therapy that uses psychodynamic theory, attachment theory, learning theory, 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, others, and the world around them.
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, shifting and improving responding and core-beliefs.
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, experiences ways in which to bring about change, building a more conscious, intentional, helpful system of being and being in the world.