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Portland, OR

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: An Introduction to Working with Trauma

JANUARY 15, 2020

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy integrates cognitive and somatic interventions in the treatment of trauma, emphasizing body awareness, practicing new actions and building somatic resources. This approach will be demonstrated through videotaped excerpts of sessions with clients so that the audience can observe nuances of movement and watch how the body changes during therapy with real-life issues. Key components of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy will be illustrated: uncoupling trauma-based emotions from body sensations; promoting collaboration between client and therapist; teaching mindfulness; building somatic resources; and developing a somatic sense of self. Since clients with complex trauma can be easily triggered by interventions that access the body too quickly, attention will be given to pacing, boundaries, and safe, gradual re-connection with the body. The videotapes show how to help clients discover and describe how past traumatic experiences are affecting their current bodily experience--which in turn contributes to difficult emotions and beliefs--and also show how to integrate cognitive and somatic interventions to change the meaning of traumatic event(s) and regulate both emotions and arousal. Sensorimotor Psychotherapy is conducted within a phase-oriented treatment approach and this presentation will address interventions for all three phases: stabilization and symptom reduction, work with traumatic memory, and re-integration.

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Times: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: 700 NE Multnomah St, 275, Portland, OR 97232.
Contact: Outreach Marketing SPI,
Local Contact: Anna C Long, 503-729-1380,