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Patriachy and Internalized Misogyny: Implications for Body-Oriented Treatment

Pat Ogden, PhD
1 Hour 15 Minutes
Nov 10, 2022
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Sensorimotor Psychotherapy pioneer and developer, Dr Pat Ogden explains how to use the wisdom of the body to address internalized misogyny.  We are all familiar with the inequities that result from misogyny, such as violence against women, the gendered wage gap, lack of representation in positions of power, and so much more.  However, the internalized misogyny that is so prevalent in patriarchal societies often goes unrecognized, while profoundly impacting women on both psychological and physical levels.  A form of internalized oppression, internalized misogyny can lead women to distrust, discredit, shame or devalue themselves and other women and contribute to, if not cause, a plethora of body issues.  In this recording, you’ll learn about the many faces of internalized misogyny and how to work with it in a clinical setting.  In particular, you will learn about its impact on our relationships to our bodies, to other women, and on our unconscious tendency to adhere to gender stereotypes that can curtail our authenticity and limit our expression.  Interventions from Sensorimotor Psychotherapy to address internalized misogyny in clinical practice by working with the body and with parts of the self will be illustrated.



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Pat Ogden, PhD, (she/her), Is a pioneer in somatic psychology, the creator of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy method, and founder of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute. Dr. Ogden is a clinician, consultant, international lecturer, and the first author of two groundbreaking books in somatic psychology: Trauma and the Body: A Sensorimotor Approach to Psychotherapy and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Trauma and Attachment (2015). Her third book, The Pocket Guide to Sensorimotor Psychotherapy in Context, advocates for an anti-racist perspective in psychotherapy practice. Her current interests include couple therapy, child and family therapy, social justice, diversity, inclusion, consciousness, and the philosophical/spiritual principles that underlie her work.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Pat Ogden maintains a private practice and has an employment relationship with Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute. She receives compensation as a consultant. Pat Ogden receives a speaking honorarium and recording, and book royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Pat Ogden is on the advisory board for the Lifespan Learning Institute, Trauma Studies Center of the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, G.A.I.N.S. (Global Association of Interpersonal Neurobiology Studies), and The Dukar Center for Human Rights and Mental Health.


  1. Utilize body-oriented strategies to address and heal internalized misogyny in a clinical setting.
  2. Debate the effect of internalized misogyny on body image, movement and posture and its treatment implications.
  3. Determine signs of internalized misogyny as they pertain to case conceptualization.


  • How to identify misogyny in clients and in yourself so you do not perpetuate it in your practice
  • How to work with women who have problematic relationship with other women
  • How to work with the effects of patriarchal values and misogyny on movement and posture of the body

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

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