124 – Transforming Shame and Self-Loathing

Fisher, Janina 2016 2
A Neurobiological Perspective

Shame and self-loathing are often part of trauma’s aftermath—responses so powerful they can shut off the capacity to absorb positive experience, block the ability to connect with others, and frustrate the best efforts of therapists to build self-esteem. This workshop will present a new perspective for understanding shame and a mind–body approach to treating it. You’ll learn that shame is more than an emotion—it’s a response wired deep in our neurobiology, a survival strategy driving somatic responses of obedience and submission. We’ll explore specific techniques to help clients:

  • Become aware of shame as a powerful body response reinforced by shame-based thoughts
  • Come to understand shame as a “part” of them rather than the whole of their being
  • Use Sensorimotor interventions for shifting shame states physiologically

Janina Fisher, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and instructor at the Trauma Center in Boston, a senior faculty member of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, and a former instructor at Harvard Medical School.

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