The term "trauma" has been evolving in the last decade in psychotherapy. We are coming to understand it as any event in which we were not able to find safety, connection, or empowerment, and therefore had to adapt and disconnect from our authentic self, needs or impulses. Overtime, this disconnection from authenticity turns into maladaptive emotional, behavioral, or body based patterns which keep us from feeling joy, ease and fulfillment in our lives.
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, developed by Pat Ogden, is a therapeutic modality which treats trauma and attachment issues. It centers around the client being the expert through their own present experience. Using SP clients can process traumatic events utilizing the body, emotions, cognitions, and five senses, and come to understand how the past has shaped their present life experience. Through the process of SP clients can experience deep emotional relief as their nervous system, and therefore beliefs, and cognition, reorganize themselves to a greater state of wellbeing.