Janina Fisher

124 – Transforming Shame and Self-Loathing

A Neurobiological Perspective
JANINA FISHER

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.

Posted in Anxiety, Depression and Trauma, Mind, Body, and Brain, Thursday Pre-Conference Clinical, Thursday Pre-Conference Clinical: 9:30 A.M. – NOON & 1 P.M. – 4 P.M., Thursday: 9:30 a.m. - Noon & 1 p.m. - 4 p.m., workshops | Tagged , , , ,

215 – Moving Through the Eye of the Storm (Clinical Showcase*)

Maintaining Safety and Stability in Trauma Therapy
RICHARD SCHWARTZ, DEANY LALIOTIS & JANINA FISHER

Whatever their approach, most trauma therapists would agree that establishing a sense of safety and connection is essential to therapeutic success. But different models offer very different methods for creating those conditions. Using videos of actual sessions, this Clinical Showcase session will examine the contrasting ways that Internal Family Systems (IFS) and Eye Movement and Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) approach this fundamental clinical task. Among the topics covered will be how to:

  • Rise to the challenge of negotiating with different parts of self that can be activated by trauma
  • Maintain an attuned connection with the client, while at the same time, facilitating the client’s access to their inner experience
  • Enhance your ability to respond effectively to clients’ moment-to-moment experience, especially during extreme states of distress, that may trigger you

Richard Schwartz, PhD, is director of the Center for Self Leadership and the originator of the Internal Family Systems Model. He’s also the author of Internal Family Systems Therapy.

Deany Laliotis, LICSW, is a trainer, clinical consultant, and practitioner of EMDR. She’s on the faculty of EMDR Institute, Inc., and is the codirector of EMDR of Greater Washington.

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.

* Clinical Showcases highlight the different ways well-known innovators approach common clinical problems. Master therapists will show video clips of their work and then engage in a probing exploration of their moment-to-moment therapeutic decision-making. The goal is to open up possibilities for dialogue, debate, and fresh perspectives not usually featured within more standard workshop formats.

 

Posted in Anxiety, Depression and Trauma, Friday Morning: 11 A.M. – 1 P.M, workshops | Tagged , , , , ,

412/512 – Mistakes of the Heart

Turning Miscues into Learning Opportunities
JANINA FISHER

Therapists are human; therefore, we all inevitably make mistakes. Unfortunately, we don’t always have the opportunity to safely acknowledge, process, and grow from them, much less help our clients recover from the hurt and anger we’ve inadvertently caused. This workshop will examine the underlying issues that often contribute to common therapist errors, explore how “mistakes of the heart” occur and can be acknowledged, and discover ways to “repair” relational ruptures so they become healing opportunities. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to:

  • Recognize the bodily signs of our countertransference responses, decreasing the possibility of “foot in mouth” comments, shutting down, or empathic failure
  • Identify the clients and issues most likely to trigger our fear and frustration and experiment with how to regulate our internal experience
  • Rehearse how to counteract triggers and repair ruptures in therapeutic connection
  • Practice using somatic communication to convey regret, re-attunement, and comfort rather than relying on words

Continued with workshop 512.

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.

Posted in All Day, Anxiety, Depression and Trauma, Personal and Professional Development, Saturday Morning: 11 A.M. – 1 P.M., Saturday: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. – 5 p.m., workshops | Tagged , ,

611 – Addictive Behavior as the Problem

The Hidden Role of Trauma
JANINA FISHER

It’s no secret that many therapists consider the field of addictions treatment to be dangerous foreign territory with its own special language and methods. But increasingly, therapists and substance abuse professionals alike have begun to recognize the connection between addictive behavior and traumatic life experience. In this workshop, we’ll present an approach to addictive behavior that:

  • Focuses on the interactive relationship between the underlying trauma symptoms and the impulse to “use” to regulate unbearable feelings and sensations
  • Provides a meaning-making component that lessens shame and offers inspiration to live a “life beyond trauma”
  • Integrates Sensorimotor Psychotherapy techniques that teach clients how to regulate their nervous systems, decrease anxiety, tolerate sadness and loneliness, and ground themselves both physically and emotionally
  • Engages the client’s right brain through drawing, diagramming, movement and gesture, as well as utilizing traditional cognitive interventions

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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