Drawing on insights from neuro-science research, particularly in respect of autonomic arousal, brain structures and neural plasticity, this paper considers the impact of recent developments in the treatment of trauma, and ways to integrate new understandings with current Gestalt methodology. Sensorimotor Trauma Therapy offers some new concepts through which safe and effective trauma treatment can be re-considered. Through the use of clinical examples, the paper discusses the application of three Sensorimotor concepts integrating them with Gestalt practice. There is also a brief description of the role of defensive systems in trauma work from a Sensorimotor perspective. Relational aspects of this way of working are integrated into the text.
Keywords: Trauma, Sensorimotor, resources, window of tolerance, ANS arousal, defensive systems, figure formation, fixed Gestalts, creative adjustment