Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Trauma and Attachment

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W. W. Norton & Company
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8.3 X 1.55 X 10.35 inches | 3.7 pounds
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About the Author
Pat Ogden, PhD, a pioneer in somatic psychology, is the founder of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute and the author of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Trauma and the Body, and The Pocket Guide to Sensorimotor Psychotherapy in Context. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.
Janina Fisher, PhD, a clinical psychologist and instructor at the Trauma Center, lives outside Boston, Massachusetts.
[I]ncorporating both a practical and theoretical perspective. . . . serves to bridge the gap between body psychology and other modalities. . . . [E]xplicitly for students and professionals, the vast amount of information presented makes it useful for practitioners of all degrees of experience.
This encyclopaedic work is a treasure trove of practical information and ready-to-use materials that you can utilize over a client's entire healing journey. . . . Already I've gleaned much from the book that can enhance my work with clients, both those who have suffered trauma and those who have not. . . . What I appreciate most is the pragmatic approach Ogden and Fisher have taken in creating something much like a workbook for therapists in practice. There is a beautiful and logical flow to both the theory and the practical worksheets for therapists both old and new to the world of trauma therapy.
This impressive and illuminating book, written for therapists and clients alike, provides a wealth of clinical wisdom and knowledge of the body that can be easily integrated into any other psychotherapeutic framework.
[G]reat for therapists who want to learn more about how the brain-body connection influences the lives of clients -- their emotions, cognitions, and physiological responses. . . . Ogden and Fisher make it easy to integrate the book's exercises into therapy sessions, and to use the text directly with clients. In turn, clients who recognize that their traumatic experiences affect both the mind and the body may finally find some healing.-- (06/29/2015)
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy is a landmark book in the history of body psychotherapy and effectively provides the bridge between traditional psychotherapy and body-oriented therapies. In this discipline-changing volume, Pat Ogden brilliantly decodes the crucial role that the body plays in regulating physiological, behavioral, and mental states. The book provides an accessible tutorial that will enable the reader to understand the voice and vocabulary of the body. We learn that even when the spoken word fails the body dynamically communicates in a complex social world through gestures, postures, facial expressions, and vocalizations. Sensorimotor Psychotherapy equips the reader, whether clinician or client, with the tools necessary to link the intuitions of the body and the words of the personal narrative.-- (06/29/2015)
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy by Pat Ogden is a must-read for psychoanalysts interested in nonverbal communication, dissociation, and trauma. This sophisticated book provides a remarkable integration of theory and clinical practice, informed by research in trauma, attachment, infancy, and neurobiology, as well as by psychoanalysis. Through mindful moment-by-moment observation of experience, Ogden draws our attention to the somatic narrative, which may be different from the verbal narrative. Our habitual postures, alignment, gestures, and rhythms are intelligent adaptations to past experiences, but they may sustain outdated coping strategies. The book offers a rich array of entry ports into these habitual strategies, focusing on the body as the target of therapeutic action. Pat Ogden's work makes an outstanding contribution to our field.-- (06/29/2015)