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Healing Trauma in Couples Therapy: Two Contrasting Approaches

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Janina Fisher, PhD
1 Hour 51 Minutes
Mar 11, 2022
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Childhood trauma leaves survivors with a fundamental mistrust in the safety of relationships. As adults, they develop defences against vulnerability, commitment, and emotion—either shutting down or getting stuck in mutually escalating conflicts with their partner. This session will demonstrate two very different styles of intervention with these clients. One will emphasize challenging the couple’s ability to be emotionally authentic; the other will focus on the importance of somatic communication in helping couples connect. You’ll discover how to:

  • Help partners identify the role of trauma in their troubled relationships
  • Challenge them to move beyond their stories and automatic responses
  • Use nonverbal communication to reduce conflict and connect safely
  • Evoke a couple’s inherent capacity for authentic emotional connection and expression



This online program is worth 2 hours CPD.



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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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  1. Evaluate two different approaches toward approaching trauma in troubled relationships.
  2. Devise two different strategies for helping couples re-work their automatic responses to each other.
  3. Demonstrate how to use nonverbal communication to reduce conflict.
  4. Demonstrate how to evoke a sense of safety and connection within a couple’s relationship.


  • The long-term legacy of early traumatic attachment experience
  • The “dance of trauma:” how trauma affects intimate relationships
  • Challenging trauma-related patterns in couples without loss of attunement
  • Disrupting cycles of blame or disconnection
  • Teaching couples how to have new conversations
  • Communicating emotionally
  • Communicating without the use of words
  • Capitalizing on the healing potential of relationship

Target Audience

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



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