A New Road Map For Trauma Healing

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Our understanding of psychological trauma and how to heal it has grown dramatically in the last fifteen years. Thanks to breakthrough research in the area of neuroscience, we now know that talk therapy isn’t enough.

Talking to someone may help you deal with your painful memories to a certain extent, but in order to release old fears and wounds completely, you need more than a cognitive approach. Your body needs to be involved in the healing. This is why I am pleased to offer state-of-the-art treatment that is proven to be extraordinarily effective in relieving your mind and body from the debilitating effects of trauma.

Trauma Is Overwhelming

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When you go through an overwhelming experience—whether it be shock or relational trauma, such as abuse or neglect—it can feel impossible to make sense of what’s happened to you.  Even though the traumatic event may have occurred a long time ago, you can’t seem to stop getting emotional about it. You may find yourself tearing up, tensing up, or going blank every time you think about it. You might even be living in a constant state of worry and fear and don’t know how to recover.

The overwhelm doesn’t only affect your thinking, but your body as well. Your shoulders tighten, your mouth gets dry and your heart races anytime you encounter something that reminds you of what happened.

What is Sensorimotor Psychotherapy?

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (SP) is a method that harnesses the innate wisdom of the body to access your natural human drive to heal and transform. This method uses posture, movement and the nervous system to help you develop new capacities and restore well-being.

SP was created by Dr. Pat Ogden, who founded the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute in 1981 for the training of psychotherapists in this method. Sensorimotor Psychotherapy combines knowledge from neuroscience and attachment theory. It also integrates elements of the Hakomi Method, a form of psychotherapy that emphasizes the mind body connection and somatic experiencing.

Since its inception, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy has been recognized the world over for helping adults, children and adolescents suffering from unresolved trauma, developmental and attachment issues. For instance, in a recent 2016 study in which Sensorimotor Psychotherapy was used to treat traumatized patients at the National Trauma Center, it was found to have significant healing effects on their PTSD, depression, overall health, and work and social functioning.

You can view this study here.

What exactly makes Sensorimotor Psychotherapy such a successful trauma treatment?

1. Sensorimotor Psychotherapy is a comprehensive treatment

Although there are a variety of trauma treatment modalities available today, SP is unique in that it makes use of your body, mind, and emotions in order to bring about full recovery. This inclusion of all aspects of your experience is going to help you think more clearly, feel more peaceful and let go of the deep tension you’ve been holding for so long.

As Dr. Ogden describes it:

“The effects of trauma, neglect and abusive or emotionally painful relationships with childhood caregivers are held in our nervous systems, posture, and movement habits, as well as in unresolved painful emotions and limiting beliefs…New information that often remains unnoticed in conventional therapies is revealed by paying attention to both aspects—body and mind. This can accelerate healing and lead to more lasting change.

2. It Uses Mindfulness to Support You in Releasing Trauma

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In SP, we use mindfulness in a special way to help you let go of the effects of trauma. Many times, people are afraid to mindfully pay attention to their experience because they don’t what to get overwhelmed again. It’s easier to just keep running a mile minute so you don’t have to feel anything.

In session, I’m going to help you learn how to become mindful in a slow, steady and manageable way.  This process activates your body’s innate knowing of what it needs in order to heal. As you let go of fear and anger, this will bring more energy to your body and give you real support for your life.  Most clients report that the fog and the chaos they were experiencing begins to lift. You’ll think more clearly and make better decisions.

3. It Puts You in Control of the Therapy—and Your Life

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As my client, you are in control of what to explore.

I can guide you in a slow steady way if you want to explore powerful emotions. I'm here to help you if you are feeling rage or hatred that has been suppressed. I also help you regulate your nervous system if you are experiencing trauma symptoms (like flashbacks or panic) or physical symptoms (like trembling or physical pain).

As your therapist, I will guide you to become aware of your posture, movement and physical sensations, helping you gain valuable messages from your body that will assist you in working through your difficulties so you can attain your goals.

Take the Next Step…

Trauma can wreak havoc in your life. Don’t let yourself get caught up in doubt and inaction. The first step to regaining control is to recognize that your struggle is real. This will allow you to accept the help that makes recovery possible. You deserve to have a life of freedom and happiness. With Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, you can achieve peace and look forward to the future.

I invite you to talk with me so you can get free of the grip that the past has had on you and restore your ability to live life to the fullest.

Click on the orange button below to set up your free 30-minute consultation so I can find out about your goals and how I can help.

Gabrielle Usatynski received her Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Training in the Treatment of Trauma through the The Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute (SPI) in Broomfield, CO in 2012. The training consists of 100 contact hours.

SPI © is a professional educational organization that designs and provides the highest-level trainings and services to serve a global network of mental health practitioners, and for the public at large.

Learn more about Sensorimotor Psychotherapy.

“I can give you nothing
that has not already its origins within yourself. I can throw open no
picture gallery
but your own.
I can help make your own world visible—
that is all.”

~ Herman Hesse

The Five Principles of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy


All parts of the universe are interconnected and interdependent. I collaborate with you on solving your problems and communicate openly with you about the therapy.



I help you find your own answers and believe in your inherent capacity to grow and change.


Mind Body Holism

I see you as a unity of body, and mind and spirit. We work with issues arising from all of these aspects of your being and honor their unique contributions to your life journey.



We can practice being awake to what emerges on its own from the embodied depths of being.



I accept with compassion all aspects of you, especially those qualities that you do not accept in yourself.