Working with Somatic Components to Overcome Trauma Related Fears of Feeling Good
Witness and learn from master clinician and trauma expert Janina Fisher, PhD., in this series of compelling, real-life therapy sessions that demonstrate key moments in treating trauma and associated disorders with challenging clients. Each session includes an introductory teaching moment from Dr. Fisher, and is interspersed with commentary – giving you the best opportunity to truly learn proven therapeutic trauma techniques and improve treatment outcomes.
“M” is a 45-year-old woman who feels ready for a relationship but paralyzed by an inability to express positive feelings. Years of talking therapy have given her insight into this pattern as a legacy of early childhood trauma-without resolving it. During the session, client and therapist notice M’s shoulder twitching each time something positive is mentioned. Assuming that the shoulder is communicating specific beliefs or fears that can be addressed through internal dialogue, we ‘befriend’ the shoulder and explore the fears it warns her about. M experiences a relaxation in her guardedness-until a clinical error by the therapist triggers her at the very end of the session.
Janina Fisher, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and former instructor at The Trauma Center, a research and treatment center founded by Bessel van der Kolk. Known as an expert on the treatment of trauma, Dr. Fisher has also been treating individuals, couples and families since 1980.
She is past president of the New England Society for the Treatment of Trauma and Dissociation, an EMDR International Association Credit Provider, Assistant Educational Director of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, and a former Instructor, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Fisher lectures and teaches nationally and internationally on topics related to the integration of the neurobiological research and newer trauma treatment paradigms into traditional therapeutic modalities.
She is co-author with Pat Ogden of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Attachment and Trauma (2015) and author of Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors: Overcoming Internal Self-Alienation (2017) and the forthcoming book, Working with the Neurobiological Legacy of Trauma (in press).