Article provided by: Trauma and Beyond Center
If you or your loved one have witnessed or experienced trauma, there are several types of therapeutic methods you may try out. A noticeable approach among them is the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy or SP. It is a form of CAM, i.e., complementary and alternative medicine. Several people with traumatic histories have realized how helpful the sensorimotor therapeutic approach is in their recovery process.
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy — What is it?
In general, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy is a relatively new technique of psychotherapy. However, its principle is a mix of Eastern philosophy and Western psychology. The results from all neuroscience research were considered in the continuous development of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy.
Sensorimotor psychotherapy is a class of body psychotherapy. It’s a talk therapy with concerns about the functionality of our bodies. This includes how an individual understands their body. It aims at helping traumatic patients and is rooted in somatic psychology.
This is usually carried out by paying close attention to how an individual’s behavior, mind, and body are related. It aims at removing the crippling reactions of traumatic memories by reversing them into a powerhouse of strength for the individual.
Generally, the sensorimotor technique uses an individual's physical, emotional, and mental state in its processes. This is to relieve and gently sustain the sensations relating to trauma. During traumatic moments, the body often reacts differently, such as freeze, flight, fight, etc. This is to improve the chances of survival.
Nevertheless, most of these health-boosting reactions may not be completed. In contrast, some have not even been attempted during past traumatic events. For instance, someone who experiences domestic abuse may resolve to not fighting back. In such cases, these reactions may be stuck in the individual’s nervous system. This includes physical traits such as the client shaking in therapy or slouching. Others have feelings of isolation, helplessness, and depression.
This type of therapy helps an individual to re-visit the event in a safe atmosphere. It carries out any incomplete actions in a therapy session. These actions may vary, depending on the needs and trauma-processing capacity of a person seeking treatment and the therapist's skill and training level. Somatic interventions and somatic focusing work best with extremely skilled therapists.
Through our therapy, individuals are usually able to exhibit a significant sense of control over their reactions. This is to control triggers associated with trauma and thus get more familiar with traumas that can affect the body and mind. Furthermore, it helps individuals distinguish between previous and current, and establish the skill to focus on personal thoughts.
How It Benefits You
The therapist will seek permission continually before conducting any therapeutic process or experiment. The influence of this approach is backed by neuroscience research. The process is of benefit to individual’s who have been through:
- Substance dependency
- Different drug abuse
- Development issues
- Relationship issues, etc.
Also, people recovering from a fragmented personality have significant benefits in sensorimotor therapy. Take a leap towards a life free of life-threatening traumas today. Contact Trauma & Beyond to speak with an addiction treatment specialist or to verify your insurance: 818-651-0725.
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