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Working with Somatic Components to Overcome Trauma Related Fears of Feeling Good

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Janina Fisher, PhD
1 Hour 19 Minutes
Jan 01, 2017
PESI, Inc.
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DVD - Also available: Digital Recordings


Witness and learn from master clinician and trauma expert Janina Fisher, PhD., in this series of compelling, real-life therapy sessions that demonstrate key moments in treating trauma and associated disorders with challenging clients. Each session includes an introductory teaching moment from Dr. Fisher, and is interspersed with commentary – giving you the best opportunity to truly learn proven therapeutic trauma techniques and improve treatment outcomes.

“M” is a 45-year-old woman who feels ready for a relationship but paralyzed by an inability to express positive feelings. Years of talking therapy have given her insight into this pattern as a legacy of early childhood trauma-without resolving it. During the session, client and therapist notice M’s shoulder twitching each time something positive is mentioned. Assuming that the shoulder is communicating specific beliefs or fears that can be addressed through internal dialogue, we ‘befriend’ the shoulder and explore the fears it warns her about. M experiences a relaxation in her guardedness-until a clinical error by the therapist triggers her at the very end of the session.



This online program is worth 1.25 hours CPD.


Janina Fisher, PhD's Profile

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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.



  1. Describe the characteristics of the split brain and its implications for trauma treatment.
  2. Discover aspects of sensorimotor psychotherapy as it relates to the treatment of trauma.


  1. Introduction of client
  2. Psychological Trauma Flip Chart
    1. The Split Brain
  3. Client Questions
  4. Recap and Analyzation with Janina
  5. Expressing Emotions
  6. Recap and Analyzation with Janina
  7. Anger
  8. Recap and Analyzation with Janina
  9. Accepting Anger
  10. Recap and Analyzation with Janina
  11. Safe feelings
  12. Recap and Analyzation with Janina
  13. Client Feelings Survival
  14. Recap and Analyzation with Janina
  15. Trusting the Protective Parts
  16. Recap and Analyzation with Janina
  17. Communicating with your Body
    1. The Trickle Down Affect
  18. Recap and Analyzation with Janina

Target Audience

Counselors, Psychologists, Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists Addiction Counselors, Psychotherapists, Case Managers Other Medical Professionals, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses



Overall:      4.8

Total Reviews: 54


Marla B

"Useful presentation. Dr. Fisher is a well organized and knowledgeable presenter. The flip chart diagram is really great."

Margaret M

"I loved that she is real about forgetting that the client couldn't acknowledge good feelings and how her forgetting triggered the client. She has a great teaching style. For the questions that I noted neither satisfied nor dissatisfied, it was because they were not applicable"

Patricia A

"Enjoyed this very much"

Jessica G

"wonderful case presentation and demonstration of techniques!"

Anne L

"Very nice presentation that was very helpful. Wish this was utilized in the main part of this course."

Michele W

"Very well presented and excellent learning."

Daniel H

"The presentation was very informative."

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