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by Dr. Bonnie Goldstein

27-28-29th February 2020:

the first Sensorimotor Psychotherapy workshop in Asia 

In February 2020, Dr. Bonnie Goldstein will join us from Los Angeles for a three-day integrative training which will help mental health professionals understand the body’s innate wisdom and use somatic intelligence to engage the body in the therapeutic process.

Elucidating the pioneering work of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute’s founder, Dr. Pat Ogden, weaving in tapes, clinical vignettes, and experiential exercises, participants will have an opportunity to deepen their understanding of this powerful work at this pivotal moment in our mental health profession, where the body’s innate intelligence is widely recognised as an essential resource in psychotherapy.

You may attend either the first day only (27/02/20) or for the whole three-day program (27-28-29/02/20):

Working beneath
the words
An introduction to
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
to address trauma and
attachment, including practical
somatic interventions.
Engaging the body
through Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
Skills and techniques to disrupt entrenched patterns & foster self-empowerment with our children
and adolescent clients 
and their families.
When the past
intrudes in the present
Addressing relationship
challenges through the lens of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
in group & family therapy.

Early Bird rates:

$440 until 15/11/2019 for the first introduction day ($500 afterwards).

$1,200 until 15/11/2019 for the whole 3-day program ($1,400 afterwards).

SP - Profile



Bonnie Goldstein, PhD trained at UCLA and Harvard University, is licensed both as a clinical social worker and clinical psychologist. She is a certified trainer of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute and directs the Lifespan Psychological Center. 

The focus of Dr. Bonnie Goldstein’s work is to foster and heal relationships through the lens of attachment theory, somatic and mindful awareness, and the dynamic interaction of group psychotherapy. She helps clients navigate through life’s complexities by addressing developmental issues, family systems, grief and loss counselling for children and adults, and transitions-to-adulthood. Her work integrates traditional psychodynamic psychotherapy with progressive psychotherapeutic interventions such as Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, hypnosis, mindfulness exercises and EMDR.


In 1989 Dr. Goldstein founded and has continued to direct the Lifespan Psychological Center. She is the Associate Programming Director for Lifespan Learning Institute, offering professional training seminars which bring together leading professionals from around the world to present their latest research and critical thinking, specialising in a Sensorimotor Psychotherapy approach to treating children, adolescents, and families.

Dr. Goldstein holds dual licenses in the state of California in Psychology and Social Work, completed her B.A. MSW, and Ph.D. at UCLA, her Ed.M. at Harvard University, and teaches graduate students at USC’s School of Social Work. She is certified in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and is the Southern California coordinator of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute’s Trauma, Developmental/Attachment, and Certification trainings. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, California Psychological Association, California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT), and Group Psychotherapy Association.

Dr. Bonnie Mark-Goldstein’s professional publications include The Handbook of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychotherapy: Guide to Diagnosis and Treatment Vol. I & II and Understanding, Diagnosing, and Treating Attention-Deficit Disorder/Hyperactivity Disorder in Children and Adolescents: an Integrative Approach.



This first day lays the foundation in which we uncover, explore and work with Sensorimotor, body-based experiences to address mental health challenges.


Traumatic events and attachment failures can become the central defining experiences that form our identities, shape our relationships and largely determine the lives of children, adolescents and adults. Often established early on, patterns of thinking, feeling, and acting designed to navigate an unsafe, threatening world are solidified with repetitive use and become harder and harder to modify as time goes on. Since trauma-and attachment-related patterns are held in place by automatic, non-conscious physical and physiological habits, working directly with the body can help loosen their grip.


A major advantage of a body-oriented approach, in addition to bypassing explanations and rationalisations, lies in the fact that physiological, movement and postural patterns are tangible and can be distinctly revised in clinical practice.


This workshop will introduce Sensorimotor Psychotherapy to engage the body through practical, easy to implement somatic interventions designed to catalyse change. Participants will learn how to interrupt the client’s narrative to target the body in a way that initiates new competencies and ways of being in the world.


Case studies, experiential exercises and brief videotaped clinical sessions by both Dr. Pat Ogden, founder of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, and by our facilitator Dr. Bonnie Goldstein will help illuminate these concepts.


SP - Day 1



The focus of day 2 is skills and techniques to disrupt entrenched patterns and foster self-empowerment with our child and adolescent clients and their families. It is about cultivating effective clinical tools for addressing and transforming our younger clients' experiences of helplessness, hopelessness, and despair as well as fostering awareness, wellbeing and interconnection.


Through the lens of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy in clinical action with our at-risk younger population, Dr. Bonnie Goldstein will address both the verbal and nonverbal legacies of trauma and attachment disorders, and prioritising the body’s innate intelligence by:

  • connecting to emotions both by words and by the body, which often speaks louder when emotions emerge,

  • illustrating new ways to collaboratively work with our clients to connect cognitions with emotions and thoughts with feelings, 

  • identifying and working with the body during two main modes of human interaction - reactive and relational while exploring ways to help regulate arousal in relationship,

  • illustrating Sensorimotor Psychotherapy’s use of Embedded Relational Mindfulness (ERM)© to propel the relational work between therapist and client,  

  • elucidating transformational experiences which are translated into specific, teachable and learnable, moment-to-moment interventions.   

The use of mindfulness to engage the body will be illustrated through video excerpts of both Sensorimotor Psychotherapy founder, Dr. Pat Ogden and by our facilitator, Dr. Bonnie Goldstein.



SP - Day 2



Day 3 will focus on addressing Relationship Challenges through the Lens of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy in Group and Family therapy.

The group milieu and family therapy are ideal forums to weave in body-based, sensorimotor & somatic experiences, as they emerge, in order to foster awareness of self and other by examining present moment experiences. Building upon the principles of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Dr. Bonnie Goldstein will bring to life ways that the body itself, along with emotional and cognitive work, can become a viable and beneficial target for therapeutic intervention within a group psychotherapy and family therapy context.  

Dr. Bonnie Goldstein will illustrate the countless ways the body contributes to the challenges of the individual as well as to the group or family, including aspects that may not be apparent through the lens of more traditional psychotherapies.  The presentation will:

  • elucidate the importance of the present-moment experience to explore body-based, implicit, non-verbal behaviour (movements, gestures, posture, etc.) in group and family treatment,

  • prioritise understanding the “organization of experience” rather than “talking about” it,

  • explore the significance of the “somatic narrative” in group and family therapy, 

  • focus on ways to attend to both the verbal and non-verbal communication to navigate tough situations, 

  • focus on helping to foster the ability to form and sustain relationships while considering new and different viewpoints, 

  • explore new actions and develop new competencies which transform helplessness and frustration in relationship. 


Brief experiential exercises, clinical vignettes and video excerpts of group and family sessions will illustrate ways to engage and work with the body through the lens of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy.


SP - Day 3


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