- Series: Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology
- Hardcover: 832 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Csm edition (April 27, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0393706133
- ISBN-13: 978-0393706130
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.5 x 10.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 61 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Trauma and Attachment (Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology) Csm Edition
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“This encyclopaedic work is a treasure trove of practical information and ready-to-use materials that you can utilize over a client’s entire healing journey. . . . Already I’ve gleaned much from the book that can enhance my work with clients, both those who have suffered trauma and those who have not. . . . What I appreciate most is the pragmatic approach Ogden and Fisher have taken in creating something much like a workbook for therapists in practice. There is a beautiful and logical flow to both the theory and the practical worksheets for therapists both old and new to the world of trauma therapy. ”
- The Neuropsychotherapist
“[G]reat for therapists who want to learn more about how the brain-body connection influences the lives of clients ― their emotions, cognitions, and physiological responses. . . . Ogden and Fisher make it easy to integrate the book’s exercises into therapy sessions, and to use the text directly with clients. In turn, clients who recognize that their traumatic experiences affect both the mind and the body may finally find some healing.”
“[I]ncorporating both a practical and theoretical perspective. . . . serves to bridge the gap between body psychology and other modalities. . . . [E]xplicitly for students and professionals, the vast amount of information presented makes it useful for practitioners of all degrees of experience.”
- Somatic Psychotherapy Today
“This impressive and illuminating book, written for therapists and clients alike, provides a wealth of clinical wisdom and knowledge of the body that can be easily integrated into any other psychotherapeutic framework.”
- European Society for Trauma and Dissociation Newsletter
“It has been said that the body is the unconscious in its most immediate form. In Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Pat Ogden shares with the reader the reality of this miracle as a here-and-now relational adventure that brings its full psychotherapeutic meaning to life. In a feat that approaches wizardry, the affective power of the body becomes so clearly grasped as a channel of communication within and between people that the physical is expanded beyond neuroscience, and neuroscience is therapeutically expanded beyond the individual brain/mind and the individual body. Simply put, Pat Ogden is not only a thrilling author but, for many readers, may be transformational.”
- Philip M. Bromberg, PhD, author, The Shadow of the Tsunami: and the Growth of the Relational Mind
“This magnificent book is the last word on the ‘somatic narrative’―the nonverbal language of gestures, postures, and facial expressions that reflect the inner maps that determine our orientation to our surroundings. Pat Ogden brilliantly explores how our fundamental engagement to the world is not primarily expressed in words or concepts, but by the way we habitually move and connect. Profound in its fundamental insights, thorough in its scientific underpinnings, and practical in its applications, this eminently accessible book promises to be the preeminent guide for therapists and patients alike to explore and transform persistent maladaptive behavior patterns. I hope that every therapy training program will put Sensorimotor Psychotherapy near the top of its required reading list.”
- Bessel van der Kolk, MD, Medical Director Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute; Professor of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine
“Sensorimotor Psychotherapy is a landmark book in the history of body psychotherapy and effectively provides the bridge between traditional psychotherapy and body-oriented therapies. In this discipline-changing volume, Pat Ogden brilliantly decodes the crucial role that the body plays in regulating physiological, behavioral, and mental states. The book provides an accessible tutorial that will enable the reader to understand the voice and vocabulary of the body. We learn that even when the spoken word fails the body dynamically communicates in a complex social world through gestures, postures, facial expressions, and vocalizations. Sensorimotor Psychotherapy equips the reader, whether clinician or client, with the tools necessary to link the intuitions of the body and the words of the personal narrative.”
- Stephen Porges, PhD, Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; author of The Polyvagal Theory
“Sensorimotor Psychotherapy by Pat Ogden is a must-read for psychoanalysts interested in nonverbal communication, dissociation, and trauma. This sophisticated book provides a remarkable integration of theory and clinical practice, informed by research in trauma, attachment, infancy, and neurobiology, as well as by psychoanalysis. Through mindful moment-by-moment observation of experience, Ogden draws our attention to the somatic narrative, which may be different from the verbal narrative. Our habitual postures, alignment, gestures, and rhythms are intelligent adaptations to past experiences, but they may sustain outdated coping strategies. The book offers a rich array of entry ports into these habitual strategies, focusing on the body as the target of therapeutic action. Pat Ogden’s work makes an outstanding contribution to our field.”
- Beatrice Beebe, PhD, Clinical Professor of Medical Psychology, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, New York State Psychiatric Institute
About the Author
Pat Ogden, PhD, is the founder and director of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.
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It's written in a very easy to read style, given the dense material it covers; and the worksheets make it so real, really helping you to internalise the learnings and discover so much about yourself. While it is written with the intention of exploring with the help of a therapist, it is so clear it is of real use to trauma survivors who don't currently have a therapist to guide them through the process: while as the authors say a book cannot replace a therapeutic relationship, this book covers so much education and things to help you realise why you react the way you do, that it goes a long way to helping even without a therapist to support the process. It's like a map and a guidebook that gives you a sense of the way ahead and how to navigate it. As a trauma survivor currently not working with a therapist, this resource is invaluable to me; and I can see it would be a valuable resource for anyone wondering if they are getting what they need to out of working with their current therapist too.
If you, as either therapist or client, are skeptical about the need to include the somatic in therapy, this book is likely to convince you. I've heard too many trauma survivors say that talking about what happened is the real therapy and the somatic interventions are just like band-aids: this book is likely to help you to see that as trauma and attachment issues reside in the more primitive parts of our brain, whose language is rooted far more in the somatic than verbal, working with the body in this way is essential for real healing. There are so many trauma survivors who are in talk therapy and are just as destabilised years into therapy as when they began, and this book contains the skills they need to learn to be able to move forward with their healing and be more functional with the challenges of daily life.
An incredible amount of work must have gone into creating this, it is so educational and the worksheets are so well laid out. I hope this becomes a text for every trainee therapist to read (and every experienced one too!) I recommend getting the print version unless you have a big screen on your computer to be able to view the worksheets (it is really set up for printed rather than reading on a kindle, the worksheets are pretty much impossible to read on my kindle screen).
Huge thanks to the authors for the incredible amount of work that must have gone into creating such a phenomenal resource; and for your really generous sharing of your knowledge and processes.
Update: I thought I'd post an update after working with the book for a while. I'm really starting to understand my reactions so much better as a result of working with this book. I am in recovery from DID and find the sections on adapting the material for highly dissociative clients invaluable. I think I've come to understand the DID better from this book than the vast amount of books I've read specifically on DID. I wish everyone who is highly dissociative could work with this material, it can make such a difference.
1) I discover the 832 page tome, largely consisting of worksheets, unlike every other worksheet equipped book in recent history, does not provide a link to download the worksheets.
2) I waste my time flagging them and planned to pay Office Depot even more money than I already paid for the book, so they could scan them for me on a flash drive. Except they would not. Copyright issue.
3) So I came back here to Amazon where I saw others recommend emailing the institute. Well, where? Its all split up into departments, none of which I belong.
4) I call instead to find the voicemail directory is the same as the email one, so I leave a message for some random person, who thankfully emails me the links to the PDFs. Great, right? All's well that ends well? Guess again.
5) The password protected forms are provided in 4 links, so several chapters per link. So you cannot do anything except print individual pages to hand out to clients.
6) I printed out a set, which constitutes 1 binder. Realized that I wouldn't be able to keep track of what pages I gave out and keep the set whole, so I printed out another to hand out. Now I have 2 binders to schlep around. I have multiple offices. I realized, though, if I want to give the same sheet to more than 1 client in a day (very likely since I specialize in trauma), how many sets will I need total? Its not like you are going to put all your clients back at step 1, and start with the first worksheet and work sequentially. There's too many worksheets and they are quite simple (as they should be- it's not for your brain but for you body who doesn't need words). My point is that you will be skipping around depending on where your client is at. I do EMDR and experiential exercises of my own, my clients aren't going to require each and every worksheet.
7) So I figured I'd go to Adobe DC and break the linked PDFs up so I could get each individual worksheet on a single page so I could do the 21st Century thing and transmit them to my clients electronically.
But guess what? There's a special password that prevents me from doing anything remotely like that.
I mean, come on! It is 2018. Photocopying should be the way of the dodo by now.
Hands down, this is the worst worksheet psychotherapy book experience I've had. No- the ONLY one.
Take a lesson from Marsha Linehan, will you? I bought that one over a decade ago at least and I never had an issue with worksheets.
Personally, I was highly disappointed. I wanted to learn more of the "how" of this mode of work. But I guess I'll stick to the more accessible experiential trauma focused therapies out there.