Minding the body: Somatic interventions for enhancing EMDR effectiveness


The use of EMDR is often complicated with traumatized clients who cannot modulate arousal, stay present rather than dissociating, tolerate positive or negative affect, or differentiate past and present. Beset with an array of baffling, intense symptoms that “tell the story” without words, they become uncertain both of what happened and how they endured it. These clients often rely upon trauma-related cognitive schemas to interpret their experience. This plenary will introduce a number of interventions for working with traumatically encoded somatic experience derived from Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (SP), a body-centered talking therapy for trauma developed by Pat Ogden, Ph.D. SP offers simple body-oriented interventions for tracking, naming, and exploring trauma-related experience, modulating a dysregulated autonomic nervous system, creating new resources and competencies, and restoring a somatic sense of self. SP can be easily integrated into EMDR.






Janina A. Fisher

Original Work Citation

Fisher, J. A. (2009, April). Minding the body: Somatic interventions for enhancing EMDR effectiveness. Plenary presented at the 5th Western Mass EMDRIA Regional Network Spring Conference, Amherst, MA



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