Psychomotor therapist

Simplified definition

A health professional who treats people with movement and gesture issues due to disorders in the brain.

Source: Houria Aiouaz, for Alzheimer Foundation

Referenced definition

“The psychomotor therapist assesses difficulties in the development of motor competencies and, where necessary, provides individual or group therapy.”

Source: SPDWL. Information for parents – Psychomotor therapy. [Internet]. [cited on Sept 7, 2022]. 


« La rééducation proposée par le psychomotricien peut prendre différentes formes : son intervention peut notamment porter sur le mouvement, l’action, la communication, les émotions et les représentations…. Avec les personnes âgées, le spécialiste privilégiera des activités d’équilibre et de mémoire. »

Source : Ministère des Solidarités, de l’Autonomie et des Personnes Handicapées. Psychomotricien. [En ligne]. 7 mars 2012 [cité le 7 sep 2022].  




  • Psychomotor rehabilitation must be prescribed by a GP.
  • The psychomotor therapist considers that the body and the mind are one, and that what happens in the mind can have effects on behavior.
  • They can help elderly people with diseases such as Alzheimer’s by teaching them, for example, how to get up after a fall or showing them relaxation techniques when they suffer anxiety.


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