Sensorimotor Psychotherapy expands traditional talk therapy to include how traumas effect the body and brain, as well as the emotions. This mind-body method helps heal the body's reactions to trauma, such as intrusive images, sounds, smells, body sensations, and physical pain, constriction, and numbing. Resources are developed to help heal the after-effects of trauma, including fear, anxiety, panic, pain, and depression.

Re-living trauma often occurs in the form of physical sensations, which then produce intense trauma-related emotions of terror and helplessness. This method teaches how to manage and become free of the physical sensations from trauma-based emotions.

This effective treatment of PTSD was developed by Pat Ogden to integrate the physical as well as psychological impact of trauma.