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Digital Seminar

Helping Clients Who Can’t "Feel"


Faculty:
Janina Fisher, PhD
Duration:
2 Hours
Format:
Audio and Video
Copyright:
Mar 22, 2019
Product Code:
NOS096010
Media Type:
Digital Seminar
Access:
Never expires.

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Description

Nothing defeats a therapist more than a client who’s numb or disconnected. When you ask why they’ve come for help, they may say, “I’m depressed” or “I’ve lost all hope,” but they can’t describe how they feel. 

How can we help clients like this deepen into the work of therapy?

This recording offers a body-centred approach to helping clients access emotion and connect to themselves in a way that can’t be defeated by numbing. You’ll learn to use simple movements and sensations as a therapeutic entry point to help clients appreciate how their bodies prevent them from experiencing the emotions they’re entitled to feel.

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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).

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Janina Fisher has an employment relationship with the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute. She is a consultant for Khiron House Clinics and the Massachusetts Department of MH Restraint and Seclusion Initiative. Dr. Fisher receives royalties as a published author. She receives a speaking honorarium, recording royalties and book royalties from Psychotherapy Networker and PESI, Inc. Dr. Fisher has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Janina Fisher is on the advisory board for the Trauma Research Foundation.


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Outline

Why therapists need clients to ‘feel’

  • What the client cannot feel is not available for treatment 
  • Therapeutic models emphasize emotional connection

The role of the autonomic nervous system

  • Numbness and avoidance as autonomic symptoms
  • How emotional numbing helps children survive

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: a somatic approach

  • Addressing numbness and ‘avoidance’ as somatic issues
  • A somatic approach to increasing the sense of safety
  • Using ‘feeling’ alternatives
  • Integrating movement and play into psychotherapy
  • Empowering clients to self-connection

Objectives

  1. Reframe emotional and somatic numbing as a body phenomenon to improve clinical outcomes.
  2. Discuss the role of emotional numbing in the client’s survival or adaptation to trauma.
  3. Describe the autonomic arousal model and its role in emotional numbing.
  4. Identify body-centred interventions that increase sensation or energy.
  5. Implement strategies that increase autonomic arousal.

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Physicians
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Other Behavioral Health Professionals

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