Somatic Experiencing (SE) and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (SP) are two similar yet distinct types of body-based therapy that are used to treat trauma and other mental health issues. Somatic therapy approaches integrate physiology, psychology, neuroscience, Indigenous healing practices, and sociology.
What is Somatic Experiencing?
Somatic Experiencing (SE) was developed by Dr. Peter Levine and is based on the idea that traumatic shock gets stored in the body and needs to be released in order to relieve symptoms. This is achieved by supporting the client in mindfully tracking their sensations while using specific techniques to help the client slowly and gently discharge stress energy and complete survival responses (such as fight or flight). SE is based on the belief that clients have an innate capacity to heal and move toward growth when given the right conditions. Click here to learn more about SE
What is Sensorimotor Psychotherapy?
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (SP) developed by Dr. Pat Ogden, integrates cognitive processing of limiting thoughts and beliefs with body-oriented exercises to build new neural pathways that promote healing and resilience. SP uses a phase-based approach to help the client develop a greater awareness of how their bodies respond to stress and trauma, and to promote stabilization and the processingof trauma and attachment wounds. Click here to learn more about SP