Sensorimotor Psychotherapy in Perth
Sensorimotor is a form of body or bodymind psychotherapy treatment in Perth which derives from a strong body of neuroscience and neurobiology knowledge as being published by esteemed trauma researchers such as Pat Ogden, Siegel, and Bessel Van Der Kolk.
Sensorimotor psychotherapy recognises that we all undergo an epigenetic expression growth through our childhood that literally shapes our bodies and mind and personality into a unified or divided trauma informed self. Critically, useful techniques that function at the micro-sensation, micro-movement and nervous system level, as found in the body, can reveal trauma tendencies, and also act as gateways into the body as a holder of our unconscious self.
What Is Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
Sensorimotor psychotherapy is a leading edge approach to body psychotherapy in Perth that has attracted support and attention from the neuroscience and trauma psychotherapy community as a breakthrough approach that can transform clients in ways other modalities struggle to achieve.
Sensorimotor Therapy such as practiced at Energetics Institute Perth, looks at how the body embeds defences and blocks and trauma triggers within it as physical symptoms such as freezing, numbing, sensations flaring up in the body. We isolate these and track them to see what happens next, as they often chain into other linked sensations, feelings and impulses of the body, and/or images, sensory memories, thoughts and beliefs of the mind.
We can rework these processes to a safe and adaptive conclusion which creates a synaptic rewiring of the old pattern, towards a trauma free result. Clients lose their trauma triggers and become resourced and safe in the wold.
Who Can Benefit From Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
Anyone in Perth can benefit from our Sensorimotor Psychotherapy approach as we all have a body and we each built defences as we went through childhood against hurts, wounds and traumas that now leave us less adaptive or positioned for happiness and health as we optimally might be.
Clients who have suffered episodic traumas in childhood or adulthood, or developmental traumas from childhood will benefit from Sensorimotor Psychotherapy in Perth. People with embodies emotional issues like depression, anxiety, fibromyalgia, anger dysregulation, tense musculature, bruxism or grinding of the teeth, migraines, touch phobia issues, or sleep issues will benefit.
Clients who find their emotional arousal such as fear or anger overtakes them such that they lose control and so find they cannot self-regulate any or some of their emotions or bodily impulses will also benefit as our treatment approach is designed to create self-regulation of the client’s emotional and sensory arousal within their nervous systems Window Of Tolerance.
What Is Involved In A Typical Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Session
Our Perth Sensorimotor Body Psychotherapy starts with obtaining a client history and the the reason they came to therapy. We include in this any information or details of current and past illnesses, injuries or issues, and also the current state of the client’s body, their resting breathing state and their posture and voice/language inflections.
We notice any body or somatic indicators of trauma, abuse or accidents. And where the body may reveal it holds a defence or presence for those shaping or formative events or patterns.
We bring the client into a present grounded state via breathwork or grounding, and then work to take a client through several stages of healing. Firstly, we look to resource the client with that which will allow them to stay present during trauma resolution work, and to remain and feel safe. This is a form of recovery work using the body and mind to stabilize the client and building their self-regulation capabilities.
The next stage is about unfreezing or rewiring the client’s defences and motoric response processes to threats. Many clients have victim state responses such as collapse, freeze or flight, and we get them to interrupt this learnt and now unconscious response, and instead set a boundary, perhaps with a NO, and restore the flexible adaptive capability to respond to threat with choice rather than hardwired reactions.
We then take the now empowered person on a journey of self realisation of how their originally formed conclusions and beliefs need to be made conscious and possibly reworked as they trigger and drive maladaptive reactions in the body. We retire old limiting beliefs and embody powerful new equivalents through practice avia embodied psychodynamic techniques.