406/506 Embracing the Disowned Self

Janina Fisher • Saturday All Day

Janina FisherAs therapists, we like to think the primary antidote to clients’ feelings of self-loathing, shame, and worthlessness is our own demonstration to them of total acceptance and unconditional positive regard. Unfortunately, when clients are alienated from the despised part or parts of themselves, they can’t internalize our message.


In this interactive workshop, we’ll explore an approach that draws on Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Internal Family Systems, and ego state work to help clients discover and connect with their vulnerable and disowned selves. You’ll learn how to:

  • Redefine shame as a psychobiological survival strategy driving somatic responses of obedience and submission
  • Recognize signs of disowning unwanted or unacceptable parts of the self
  • Help clients identify and integrate the disowned parts that are impeding their progress

This session will continue with workshop 506.

Janina Fisher, PhD, is assistant director of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, an instructor at the Trauma Center, a former instructor at Harvard Medical School, and coauthor of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Attachment and Trauma.

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