Trauma and the Body: A Sensorimotor Approach to Psychotherapy

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Published USA, 2006
By incorporating theory and technique from traditional talk-therapy methods with body-oriented (or sensorimotor) psychotherapy, somatic psychology pioneer Pat Ogden and her colleagues present a breakthrough in trauma treatment and explain how using body sensation and movement can help heal the wounds of trauma. The authors draw on the areas of neuroscience, attachment, affect regulation and dissociation, and explain how traumatic experience disrupts the body`s physiological and emotional regulation. Part II of the book focuses on the `how-to` of treatment, describing the specific philosophy, techniques and skills of sensorimotor psychotherapy, with helpful case studies to illustrate the points in a clinical context. A three-phrase treatment approach is presented:

1. Develop somatic resources for stabilization
2. Process traumatic memory
3. Master somatic integration

Pat Ogden is the Founder and Director of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute in the USA.
Hardback. 345 pages
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