Trauma and the Body: An Introduction to Sensorimotor Psychotherapy


Webinar event date

Mar 13, 2018 2:00 pm EDT

Webinar registration link

Webinar Presenters

Laura Montgomery, MSW, RSW


Laura Montgomery, MSW, RSW holds a Masters in Social Work from the University of British Columbia. Additionally she has trained with the Sensorimotor Institute and AEDP Institute. She is currently in private practice at Alyson Jones and Associates in West Vancouver where she specializes in somatic and mindfulness approaches to trauma symptoms, anxiety, depression, panic, and relationship challenges of all kinds. Laura has extensive experience in diverse settings serving individuals and families as they navigate transitions, grief and loss, and transform life-negating patterns.



Learning Objectives:

-Learn how trauma is “remembered” in the body through implicit or body-based memories

-Explore the concept of the Window of Tolerance (Siegel, 1999) and how it informs working with a client’s arousal, the resolution of trauma-based symptoms and its use in psycho-education to normalize and pay attention to body-based experience

-Discover practical and specific mindfulness-based tools for working with the body

-Understand how  traumatic memories and/or developmental trauma patterns are integrated and the importance of mindfulness in this process

If you are curious about mindfulness and somatic approaches to trauma within Social Work practice I invite you to join me for this webinar.

Neuroscience research is showing us how the body holds the story of psychological trauma and traumatic attachment.  Sensorimotor Psychotherapy is a body-based talk therapy that synthesizes the latest research to offer practical interventions for working gently, collaboratively and skillfully with the body to resolve trauma-based symptoms.

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy was developed by Pat Ogden, PhD, informed by the works of Ron Kurtz and the Rolf method, and enriched by contributions from the research on attachment, trauma, neuroscience, mindfulness and dissociation.

You will learn about how post-traumatic stress is exacerbated by implicit body-based memories and autonomic nervous system dysregulation and how trauma-related conditioned learning can be addressed with mindfulness-based techniques and physical interventions that characterize this therapeutic approach.

This presentation will be interactive and examples will be given along the way to illustrate the concepts. I look forward to meeting you online and exploring this topic together.