Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Outcome assessment of a sensorimotor group treatment for trauma survivors
by Murphy, Rebecca A., Psy.D., Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, 2016, 44; 10164053
Abstract (Summary)

In recent years, there has been a shift in the field of psychology to consider a more holistic approach to therapy, with body-based therapies often classified as such. This study looked at relationships between participation in a trauma-informed, body-based, group therapy treatment (Sensorimotor Psychotherapy) and levels of overall symptoms, mindfulness, social connectedness, and post-traumatic growth. Participants were eight adult Caucasian women with a history of interpersonal trauma who participated in 20 weekly sessions of a Sensorimotor Psychotherapy-informed group intervention. They were assessed five times over 20 weeks plus at one month post-group. Results indicate that participants showed decreased levels of overall symptoms, increased levels of mindfulness, and increased social connectedness. This study adds to the limited research regarding Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and indicates that a group intervention based on the principles of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy may be effective for survivors of interpersonal trauma.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Solon, Phyllis C.
Commitee: Nestingen, Signe L., Vogt, Elizabeth
School: Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
Department: Counseling Psychology
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-B 78/04(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Mental health, Counseling Psychology, Clinical psychology
Keywords: Body-based therapy, Group therapy, Mindfulness, Post-traumatic growth, Sensorimotor psychotherapy, Trauma-informed
Publication Number: 10164053
ISBN: 9781369186949
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