Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (SM)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Let’s work together to help you become your happiest, healthiest, most fulfilled self.
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy was pioneered by Dr. Pat Ogden in the 1970’s. She worked as a yoga/dance teacher in a psychiatric hospital and made the connection between clients’ detachment, psychological difficulties, and physical sensations.
In 1981, Dr. Ogden opened the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute (SPI), a branch of the Hakomi Institute, to bridge the divide between body and mind.
SP believes that:
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy encourages gentle mind-body healing by joining somatic therapy and psychotherapy.
In SP, your body is respected as an important source of information, which can help access and process trauma and painful developmental experiences. SP can help regulate activation and other trauma-related challenges, and help you break free from limiting belief systems stemming from development.
I have trained since 2018 and continue to do so with Lana Epstein, MSW, MA, LICSW and others of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute.
Through Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, a client’s younger child experiences healing in the presence of a compassionate other.
SP can be more effective than talk therapy in many cases. SP focuses on trauma work and
attachment-related difficulties, and can help with the following challenges:
Yes, I want to use my body as a guide to heal my mind.
EMDR is a form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) that utilizes bilateral stimulation for the reprocessing and desensitization of trauma.
In EMDR, a therapist guides you to recall traumatic memories along with eye movement and bilateral tapping. This helps the brain reprocess the trauma so you can remember the incident with less pain.
In 2019, I trained with Roy Kiessling, LISW, in his EMDRIA approved EMDR training course.
Clients experience freedom from past traumas that have been affecting their everyday lives. They can recall the trauma with less intensity and the experience becomes manageable in scope and impact.
Clients dealing with the impact of trauma and grief- related issues can benefit from EMDR.
These may include:
Feelings of powerlessness
Yes, I want to live a calm and serene life.
Relational therapy uses the client-therapist relationship as a window to understand the client’s other relationships, outside of therapy. This helps us recognize the dynamic of your relationships and create positive change.
I trained in the Ackerman Institute for the Family for two years, where I gained a foundational
understanding of family and attachment. Through ongoing supervision, I use the relational model to
become aware and help educate my client about what’s taking place in the therapy room. We then
apply the patterns we experience in the client-therapist dynamic to the client’s other relationships.
Relational Therapy is a transformative experience for many clients struggling with relationships and
associated issues. They learn to develop mutually satisfying, emotionally close relationships with
appropriate boundaries and trust.
Clients can benefit from Relational Therapy if they struggle with:
Yes, I want to have loving, healthy relationships.