Pat Ogden

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Pat Ogden, PhD, is a pioneer in somatic psychology and both Founder and Education Director of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute®, an internationally recognized school specializing in somatic–cognitive approaches for the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder and attachment disturbances. She is co-founder of the Hakomi Institute, a clinician, consultant, international lecturer and trainer, and first author of Trauma and the Body: A Sensorimotor Approach to Psychotherapy. Her most recent book, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Trauma and Attachment (2015) is a practical guide to integrate Sensorimotor Psychotherapy® into the treatment of trauma and attachment issues. Dr. Ogden is currently developing Sensorimotor Psychotherapy® for children, adolescents, and families with colleagues.

The Quote

You don’t have to know the answers for your patients. All you have to do is turn them inside themselves because they know the answers.
Ron Kurtz

What Led to the Specialization of Trauma?

Pat shares her story of having to know all of the answers for her clients, to then working with Ron Kurtz and learning about the body, to incorporating her love of movement and dance and how this led to her working in the field of trauma.

A Crucial Early Mistake

Pat talks about an early challenge she had working with a client who was experiencing dissociative symptoms, and then the lessons she learned from that.

Pat’s Why

What keeps me going is the benefit to the world. I get letters every week from clients and therapists, and even people who’ve read my books. Everyone at Sensorimotor Psychotherapy…we really have our hearts and souls into making this planet a better place.

Pat’s Advice

  • Go to conferences!
  • Listen to your clients.
  • Work in the community to help address and deal with holding all the stories.

Pat’s Go-To Books

Pat’s Books

Interview Links

Being Human. Guy Macpherson, PhD. The Trauma Therapist | Podcast
Homeless & Runaway Youth with Maureen Blaha

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