TU65: Sensorimotor Psychotherapy – Tuning Into the Wisdom of Your Body With Guest Dr. Pat Ogden

by | May 25, 2018 | Attachment, Brain Science, Emotional Intelligence, Episodes, Guest Interviews, Mindfulness, Neuroscience, Therapy, Trauma

Show Notes

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy

We have unconscious stories about ourselves and the world held in our mind/body. Learn how becoming curious about your body can have a huge impact on your sense of self.  Body attunement + conscious reflection (left/right, top/bottom integration) are hallmark markers of secure functioning. Tap into your own body as a deep and abiding source of information and means of finding self-understanding and closer connection through sensorimotor psychotherapy.

Guest Dr. Pat Ogden is a pioneer in somatic psychology, co-founder of Hakomi, founder of the Sensorimotor Institute, and author of several book on Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (see show notes for links). She joins co-host Sue Marriott LCSW, CGP in a discussion of the principles of sensorimotor therapy which is informed by the richness of developmental psychology, neuro-affective research, and mindfulness. Very importantly, they also get into a thoughtful discussion of multiculturalism and implicit unconscious majority bias in the mental health field.

The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well.  –Hippocrates 

The body always leads us home . . . if we can simply learn to trust sensation and stay with it long enough for it to reveal appropriate action, movement, insight, or feeling. — Pat Ogden



Intro, Pat’s initial interest in psychotherapy, somatic therapy and the polyvagal theory

Rhythm and attunement through yoga and dance

The importance of mindfulness in relation to the body, posture as an indicator, philosophical principles



The body as a source of knowledge and information

Interconnectedness of principles, understanding “unity” across different cultures

Gene expression, cortisol levels upon waking and collapsed/immobilized posture

Understanding trauma from a white dominant perspective and marginalized perspective



“Window of tolerance”, the modulation model, finding the middle ground between hyper arousal and threshold of any arousal

Trying not to stick with formula when understanding an individual

Implicit bias, identifying racism

Key principles



Decoding humility as therapists

Advice for non-therapists

Identifying ailments in your body and actually doing something to correct it rather than just hoping it’ll get better (e.g. posture, breathing, etc.). Keeping mindfulness in the body in the moment. Become curious about your body.

Wrap up and outro

Like this and want more? Dive deeper by checking out the resources below:


Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Interventions for Trauma and Attachment by Pat Ogden & Janina Fisher

Trauma and the Body A Sensorimotor Approach to Psychotherapy by Pat Ogden et al

Sensorimotor Institute – articles and resources, Pat Ogden Director and Founder

Accessing the Healing Power of the Vagus Nerve Self-Help Excersizes for Anxiety Trauma Depression and Autism by Stanley Rosenberg

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