Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Interventions for Trauma & Relational Strife
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Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Interventions for Trauma & Relational Strife
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Join Dr. Pat Ogden and Dr. Mason A. Sommers as they examine how the body’s patterns forecast the future, and are indicators of past adaptations to traumas and attachment figures. Implicit predictions and expectations of ourselves, others, and the world around us are reflected in autonomic arousal, movement and posture of the body. We will highlight the role of the body in the treatment of trauma and attachment disturbances as well as adaptations to relational strife both societal and individual, including attachment disturbances.
This program no longer offers CE credit and is for your viewing pleasure. 

Body-oriented approaches that mitigate trauma-related dysregulation will be differentiated from those that help resolve strong emotions, cognitive distortions and the intimacy issues that emerge in relationships with attachment figures, other significant people and society as a whole. In addition, we will explore the role of the body in fostering resilience in the face of current stressors and traumas such as the Covid 19 pandemic, racialized trauma and systemic oppression.

Since adapting Sensorimotor Psychotherapy to our virtual/online work presents particular challenges and opportunities, we will look at these complexities and address office set-up, use of props, tips to maintain an emotional connection and special considerations in working with posture and movement in Telehealth.

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy will be illustrated through lecture, case examples, and brief experiential exercises coupled with worksheets to foster resilience which may be used with clients.

Pat Ogden is a pioneer in somatic psychology and Founder of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute®, an internationally recognized school specializing in somatic–cognitive approaches for the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder and attachment disturbances.

She is co-founder of the Hakomi Institute, a clinician, consultant, international lecturer and trainer, and first author of Trauma and the Body: A Sensorimotor Approach to Psychotherapy.  Her second book, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Trauma and Attachment (2015) is a practical guide to integrate Sensorimotor Psychotherapy® into the treatment of trauma and attachment issues.

Dr. Ogden is currently developing Sensorimotor Psychotherapy™ for children, adolescents and families with colleagues.


Mason A. Sommers, PhD, is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in private practice with over 39 years of clinical experience. He supports regional development of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy in Los Angeles, and has been training in Los Angeles, Boston, and North Carolina.

His practice specializes in couples and adult individual therapy, combining analytic, psychodynamic, and somatic psychotherapies in his work. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from UCLA, and his Master or Arts and Doctorate degrees in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles.

Dr. Sommers is a former clinical instructor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and served as a three-term President of the Board of Directors of the Maple Counseling Center, a non-profit counseling agency and training facility for mental health professionals. Dr. Sommers volunteers as a Donate Life/One Legacy Ambassador, working to increase awareness of the need for organ and tissue registry and donation.

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The future of body-oriented therapy requires to me both mindful awareness of the body as well as integrating "top-down" approaches with "bottom-up" approaches.
-Pat Ogden, PhD