You may have heard that if you put on a happy face, you’ll actually start to feel better.
But did you know that the physical patterns of our body not only reflect how we’re feeling inside but can actually cause those feelings?
When working with trauma patients, noticing patterns and changes in body language gives us greater insight into what patients are experiencing. We can also use these observations to develop healthy body exercises that patients can use to help control their symptoms.
Pat Ogden, PhD, is the founder and director of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, which provides training in somatic and body-based approaches to trauma treatment.
Watch below to hear an example of how we can use sensorimotor psychotherapy to heal trauma.
The effects of trauma run so deep that they become ingrained in our patients’ body language.
Through sensorimotor therapy, we can recognize and use these body patterns to further understand and explore their trauma.
This is just one of six cutting-edge sessions included in our Rethinking Trauma Webinar Series.
To what extent do you use body language when creating treatments for your patients? Please leave us a comment below.