Meriel Stanton Registered Psychologist FSP ZüPP
Certified Sensorimotor Psychotherapist, Counsellor & Coach. Movement & Nature Immerser
«Sensorimotor Psychotherapy – the only one therapy I know of that reaches as deeply into the body and mind and by reaching for both touches the soul»
Daniel Siegel author of the «Developing Mind»
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy is an internationally acclaimed body informed psychotherapy that blends theory and technique from cognitive and dynamic, developmental and attachment theories, with straightforward somatic awareness and movement interventions. Simply put Sensorimotor Psychotherapy is a method that integrates the memory and knowledge of the body ( implicit memory) with cognitive and emotional processing. It promotes empowerment and competency particularly in the treatment of trauma, complex trauma PTSD and developmental wounds. Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, grounded in modern neurobiological understanding rests on the innate understanding that distress, pain and old memories are unconsciously held in and expressed through the body – as well as in words and can thus manifest differently – in our emotions, behaviour movement, talk, spirit and lives.
«The mind is embodied and not just en-skulled. And the mind is relational, not just a product created in isolation. These relationships include the communication an individual has with other entities in the world especially other people». Daniel Siegel
The following content is reproduced from the Sensorymotor Psychotherapy Website with the kind permission of Sensorymotor Psychotherapy.org
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy can help us on our healing journeyand can bridge the gap when traditional “talk” therapy has not helped. SP can help with trauma and attachment related issues such as:
Having difficulty concentrating due to fear, upsetting thoughts, or unwelcomed physical (body) sensations
Intense and disturbing emotional reactions that seem out of place with the present situation
Post-traumatic stress: abuse, attack, accidents, flashbacks and nightmares. Feeling frozen or stuck in familiar circumstances without understanding why
Difficulty enjoying life, feeling hopeful, and experiencing pleasure
Relationship related wounds: neglect, harsh parenting during childhood, divorce, child-parent separations
Persistent and regular negative thoughts about one’s ability to achieve, be successful and deserving
Difficulty maintaining a job, a family, friendships and other relationships
Feeling detached from one’s self and the world.
6 Foundational Principles of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
We exist within a complex organic system of interdependent parts. Unity acknowledges that we are all connected, and that we have individual and group preferences. Although unity is ever present, it is recognised and experienced more fully through communication.
Organicity refers to the internal wisdom of all living systems. Thus the therapist does not "heal" the client; rather the healing power and intelligence is within and each person has their own unique, mysterious and emergent growth path
Our work is not forceful. We believe that people do not need to be fixed of changed. We aviod criticizing, judging or pathologising and we encourage curiosity, and follow the natural organicity to promote change.
We encourage awareness of present moment internal experience–both ours and our clients’–as well as the impact we have on others, and others on us, We strive to be in deep resonance with our clients, cultivating a state of presence that is conducive to intuition and inspiration.
5. Mind/Body/Spirit Holism
Mind, body and spirit are intimately related, essential aspects of each of us. We keep the whole person in mind, and consider mind body and spirit in context and relationship, rather than work with these elements in isolation
6. Relational Alchemy
We recognize that each relationship has a unique nature that spawns something bigger than its parts. We honor deep, authentic connection as well as interpersonal challenges that are avenues of personal growth, accepting the imperfection of the human