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Trauma and the Body:
A Sensorimotor Approach to Psychotherapy

 

By Pat Ogden, Kekuni Minton, and Clare Pain
Forewords by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. and
Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.

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PsycCritiques Review

"Pat Ogden's outstanding work in sensorimotor psychotherapy focuses not just on the devastating effects of trauma-induced alterations on mind, but also on body and brain. Asserting that the body has been left out of the "talking cure," she offers a scholarly review of very recent advances in the trauma, neurobiology, developmental, and psychodynamic literatures that strongly suggests that bodily-based behaviors, affects, and cognitions must be brought to the forefront of the clinical encounter. Amply filled with extremely interesting case material, this gifted therapist's creative work on somatically-focused treatment is essential reading for clinicians of all schools of psychotherapy."
 — Allan N. Schore, Ph.D., Dpt. of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine

 

"This is the book the field of psychotraumatology has been waiting for! Clinicians at last have a major practical and theoretical source for more fully understanding the central role of fixed sensorimotor patterns in survivors. Trauma and the Body: A Sensorimotor Approach to Psychotherapy beautifully integrates findings from neuroscience, Pierre Janet's psychology of action, and attachment theory to explain why work with the survivor's body is essential in psychotherapy and how to do it effectively. This fascinating book is written in a language that will greatly appeal to clinicians with various theoretical backgrounds. Using the sensorimotor level as a compliment to traditional psychotherapy with its emphasis on affect and cognition, Pat Ogden and her colleagues masterfully demonstrate how to use the survivor's physical fixation in traumatic experiences as an essential avenue to effective trauma treatment."
 — Onno van der Hart, PhD Professor of Psychopathology of Chronic Traumatization Department of Clinical and Health Psychology Utrecht University, The Netherlands Past President, International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

 

" In this pioneering work, authors Ogden, Minton and Pain describe a variety of psychosomatic approaches to traumatized individuals that, in focusing on both physical as well as psychological manifestations of the trauma, result in a more integrated healing. Therapists of all orientations will find in this volume a range of methods that will expand their capacity to offer a more embodied healing to traumatized patients. I highly recommend this work. "
 —Christine A. Courtois, Ph.D., psychologist in private practice, Washington, D.C., and author of Healing the Incest Wound: Adult Survivors in Therapy and Recollections of Sexual Abuse: Treatment Principles and Guidelines