Sensorimotor therapy is a gentle, body-centered therapeutic practice developed by Pat Ogden. Often used to treat clients suffering from the effects of trauma, abuse, or emotional pain, sensorimotor therapy draws from somatic therapy and Hakomi therapy as well as cognitive behavior therapy. Therapists who specialize in sensorimotor therapy help clients to use mindfulness to identify the physical ways their bodies react when reflecting on a trauma. By identifying these physical patterns, clients can begin to create resources within themselves to overcome fears and develop a stronger sense of safety.

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Laura Riley, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

The body holds within it wisdom and possibility. Sensori-motor weaves mindfulness based practices with a body-centered approach which facilitates the natural healing and integration of the body-mind-heart. It is a therapeutic way to deeper connect and empower the body-mind to resolve and renew the unhelpful patterned responses/defenses stored from trauma and other experiences over time.

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Marina Nelson, MC (she/her/hers)

Licensed Professional Counselor

Oregon LPC, Washington LMHC

I have completed certificates for Levels 1 (trauma & emotional regulation) & 2 (relationship and attachment issues). Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (originated by Pat Ogden), has its roots in Hakomi and incorporates neuroscience.

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Peggy Fulda

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Sensorimotor says that your body's sensations, your emotions, and your thoughts all hold value and important information necessary for your recovery and wellbeing. Getting out of your head, out of your thoughts and into your body may allow you to access new routes to healing.

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Stephanie Podasca (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern


Sensorimotor Psychotherapy - Level 1 Affect Dysregulation, Survival Responses, and Trauma Memory - Completed 2020 Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute - Level 2: Developmental Injury & Attachment - Completing in 2021 I've also attended CE trainings for "Dissociation & The Body" and "Resilience & Beyond"

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Tracy Trefethen

Licensed Professional Counselor

I am an advanced student of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, a body-centered approach to trauma and attachment repair. I am certified as Level 1 practitioner, and am currently completing Level 2. Clients report that this method mixes quite well with more traditional talk therapy approaches and works deeply to resolve long held emotional response patterns.

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Andrew Griffes

Professional Counselor

Trauma is a common issue in today's world, where events that threaten our life or our sense of self are met with a quick-fix culture that overlooks the body's natural healing capacity. In this approach to healing, I work with you to develop body awareness and allow your body's impulse toward completing the interrupted fight/flight response at the root of so many symptoms associated with trauma.

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Julio Iñiguez (he/him)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist


Sensorimotor Therapy is body-based talk therapy, integrating current findings from neuroscience and attachment theory to transform traumatic memories into strengths and resources for you. It works with developmental trauma, such as overly critical parents, as well as acute trauma like abuse, violence, or serious physical injury. With a big focus on mindfulness, appropriate pacing, and trusting the wisdom of your body, Sensorimotor Therapy can help re-negotiate your relationship with your body.

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