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Traumatic experiences interrupt the natural rhythms of life leading to difficulties in regulation and integration of body sensations, emotions and thoughts. These experiences are often held in the breath, sensory perceptions, posture and movement, as well as in emotions and thoughts that are not always readily apparent to the individual experiencing the difficulties. Sensorimotor Psychotherapy safely fosters curiosity and self-awareness through collaboration with the therapist, allowing the wisdom of the body to guide the natural drive toward movement and integration. Clients learn skills to regulate hyperarousal and numbing, safely experience sensations, and process thoughts, emotions and body-based experiences related to trauma in a safe, contained manner. Sensorimotor Psychotherapy is based on principles of mindfulness and mind/body/spirit holism, and is informed by research in trauma, neuroscience and attachment theory.
Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Treatment (SMART)
SMART is a way to work with children and sometimes adults to address the dance that happens in therapy between working on difficult and challenging past experiences such as trauma and the emotional arousal that inevitably comes with focusing on these topics. This framework for therapy begins with developing stability and safety so that a person's natural tendency toward growth can occur. The growth and adaptation happens using theories that rely on attachment, developmental context, trauma research, sensory processing & integration and neurobiological research. Occupational Therapy (OT) and trauma-informed psychotherapy are integrated together to produce a powerful way to assist in the healing process.