Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Trauma and Attachment (Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology)
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A book for clinicians and clients to use together that explains key concepts of body psychotherapy.

The body’s intelligence is largely an untapped resource in psychotherapy, yet the story told by the “somatic narrative”– gesture, posture, prosody, facial expressions, eye gaze, and movement — is arguably more significant than the story told by the words. The language of the body communicates implicit meanings and reveals the legacy of trauma and of early or forgotten dynamics with attachment figures. To omit the body as a target of therapeutic action is an unfortunate oversight that deprives clients of a vital avenue of self-knowledge and change.

Written for therapists and clients to explore together in therapy, this book is a practical guide to the language of the body. It begins with a section that orients therapists and clients to the volume and how to use it, followed by an overview of the role of the brain and the use of mindfulness. The last three sections are organized according to a phase approach to therapy, focusing first on developing personal resources, particularly somatic ones; second on utilizing a bottom-up, somatic approach to memory; and third on exploring the impact of attachment on procedural learning, emotional biases, and cognitive distortions. Each chapter is accompanied by a guide to help therapists apply the chapter’s teachings in clinical practice and by worksheets to help clients integrate the material on a personal level.

The concepts, interventions, and worksheets introduced in this book are designed as an adjunct to, and in support of, other methods of treatment rather than as a stand-alone treatment or manualized approach. By drawing on the therapeutic relationship and adjusting interventions to the particular needs of each client, thoughtful attention to what is being spoken beneath the words through the body can heighten the intimacy of the therapist/client journey and help change take place more easily in the hidden recesses of the self.
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17 reviews for Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Trauma and Attachment (Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology)

  1. DA
    November 1, 2023
    5.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting!
    This book is one of the better introductions I've read, about your relationship with your body and your relationship with your brain- how these three ...More
    This book is one of the better introductions I've read, about your relationship with your body and your relationship with your brain- how these three interact and can be exercised to improve mental health. I used to complain that the human brain doesn't come with an instruction manual. Well, these days you CAN get instruction manuals for your brain, and this is one of the better ones!
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    Mariedtiger
    November 22, 2022
    5.0 out of 5 stars A real understanding of trauma
    I love this book. Although the title might bring to mind a book only for psychotherapists, the book itself is an ”inside-out” description of how the l...More
    I love this book. Although the title might bring to mind a book only for psychotherapists, the book itself is an ”inside-out” description of how the legacy of trauma shows up in our everyday life and the steps we can take go heal it. Compassionate, knowledgeable and writing that reflects back how trauma really feels.

    Invaluable resource and highly recommended!
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    amy
    July 19, 2022
    5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to digest - love this workbook
    So much straightforward and eye opening information. Not a poor me self help book at all. Tons of great knowledge. You can download just the workshee...More
    So much straightforward and eye opening information. Not a poor me self help book at all. Tons of great knowledge. You can download just the worksheets alone if you don’t want to use em up in the book first go around.
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    L Russell
    March 14, 2022
    5.0 out of 5 stars Impressed with this book so far.
    My therapist and I have struggled to find therapeutic resources to augment our therapeutic work together in a way that I've found meaningful. I'm only...More
    My therapist and I have struggled to find therapeutic resources to augment our therapeutic work together in a way that I've found meaningful. I'm only 4 chapters into this book, and it's already been a game changer. Dr. Ogden's writing is easy to understand and her approach to trauma therapy is not restricting nor is it meant to overwhelm you. In fact, the whole goal is to be able to go to those places you need to go for healing without becoming too overwhelmed. Up until now, I've only found books that either pushed to far or restricted me to only working on present day coping not allowing for the necessary work to free me from my past trauma.

    This is not a book to do on your own. It is meant to be utilized with your therapist, and I can easily see why that is the recommendation. If you haven't found any treatment modalities so far that have really helped or resonated with you, I highly recommend you suggest this book to your therapist as a resource you both can utilize in your therapy work together.
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    Nancy Liu
    March 14, 2021
    5.0 out of 5 stars A must read good book to help you and your loved one to live in today’s censorship life.
    A must read good book to help you and your loved one to live in today’s censorship life.Particularly when stress and bully became trauma in our daily...More
    A must read good book to help you and your loved one to live in today’s censorship life.

    Particularly when stress and bully became trauma in our daily life at classrooms and working places.
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    chuck smith, jr.
    October 30, 2019
    5.0 out of 5 stars This Is A Tome
    Our bodies carry our history, and to the trained eye reveals details of that history. I'm only a hundred pages into it, but greatly appreciate Pat Ogd...More
    Our bodies carry our history, and to the trained eye reveals details of that history. I'm only a hundred pages into it, but greatly appreciate Pat Ogden's work and that she has shared with the world the fruit of her research.
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    Kwisak
    October 1, 2019
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
    Great book for any therapist focused on trauma informed care
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    Erin
    September 10, 2019
    5.0 out of 5 stars Yup
    Good and lots of interventions
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    Big Mac
    April 13, 2019
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great compilation.
    Very useful and comprehensive book on the mind/body connection.
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    bella1566
    February 13, 2019
    5.0 out of 5 stars Tremendous resource for mental health providers
    If you are a therapist who likes to use handouts with clients, who incorporates mindfulness, cognitive and somatic interventions into your work, this ...More
    If you are a therapist who likes to use handouts with clients, who incorporates mindfulness, cognitive and somatic interventions into your work, this book is a valuable resource. It is well thought out for both the clinician and client's use. Copying the handouts is a challenge because the book is so large. However, an email to studentservices@sensorimotor.org will provide you with a pdf version to copy handouts from as other reviewers have mentioned. I received a prompt reply to my request. Book is worth the price.
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    Ellie Gant
    July 6, 2018
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource.
    Great resource for working with clients with extensive trauma. Ogden gets it.
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    Terrance
    July 3, 2018
    5.0 out of 5 stars Good Choice!
    Came just as described. Fast shipping and prompt delivery. Not to mention fair pricing!
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    Amazon Customer
    March 27, 2018
    5.0 out of 5 stars Printable PDF worksheets available
    If you have purchased the book, printable PDFs of worksheets can be obtained by request at studentservices@sensorimotor.org.
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    ALH
    September 22, 2015
    5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT RESOURCE!
    Very accessible in turning years of clinical experience (e.g., somatic, psychodynamic; trauma) and a variety of theories and research (developmental, ...More
    Very accessible in turning years of clinical experience (e.g., somatic, psychodynamic; trauma) and a variety of theories and research (developmental, attachment, trauma, neurobiology, mindfulness, to name some major ones), into a book that clinicians will find helpful and useful. I am already using some of the worksheets and some of the info for the balance of psychoeducation as well as therapeutic work. Whenever sensorimotor psychotherapy lands for clients, they want more of the sensorimotor work! They may not understand it (yet), but their organic experience would simply lead them to say, with mindful reflectiveness, "This is good...I want more..." A much appreciated thanks to Pat Ogden and Janina Fisher for putting together such rich and relevant material!
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    lgi
    July 14, 2015
    5.0 out of 5 stars Pat Ogden is a genius and an amazing role model
    Pat Ogden is a genius and an amazing role model. The book is filled with practical guidance. It is a workbook for use with clients.
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    Moliviad
    June 11, 2015
    5.0 out of 5 stars This is an amazing resource! As a therapist it gives me tool ...
    This is an amazing resource! As a therapist it gives me tool for both trauma and developmental issues that are clinically supported and developed fro...More
    This is an amazing resource! As a therapist it gives me tool for both trauma and developmental issues that are clinically supported and developed from years of refinement with clients. Pat Ogden is the leader in the field of somatic therapy and has integrated the leading scientific advances in neurology, attachment theory and trauma work all in one practical and effective somatic model.
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    matthew l krane
    May 11, 2015
    5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the wait!
    This book was well worth the wait and I recommend it for anyone who has found themselves working with a client and feeling like they just needed some ...More
    This book was well worth the wait and I recommend it for anyone who has found themselves working with a client and feeling like they just needed some more ways to deepen the client's resources and healing. So often I have found myself wishing I knew massage or bodywork; though I attended a terrific Hakomi training with Ron Kurtz several years ago, I do not have the time and support of client friends/family in session to do this work adequately - Pat's book has practical, easily usable ideas and techniques. I am thrilled to have this as a super useful tool to add to my toolbox. My only recommendation is that a CD with the handouts be included to simply use. Thank you for this gem! Cindi Krane, MS, NCC
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