Janina Fisher, PhD is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and Instructor at the Trauma Center, an outpatient clinic and research center founded by Bessel van der Kolk. Known for her expertise as both a therapist and consultant, she is also past president of the New England Society for the Treatment of Trauma and Dissociation, an EMDR International Association Credit Provider, a faculty member of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, and a former Instructor, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Fisher has been an invited speaker at the Cape Cod Institute, Harvard Medical School Conference Series, the EMDR International Association Annual Conference, University of Wisconsin, University of Westminster in London, the Psychotraumatology Institute of Europe, and the Esalen Institute. Dr. Fisher lectures and teaches nationally and internationally on topics related to the integration of research and treatment and how to introduce these newer trauma treatment paradigms in traditional therapeutic approaches.
WORKING WITH FRAGMENTED SELVES OF TRAUMA SURVIVORS
Alienation from self in the context of abusive or dysfunctio-nal parenting is a survival strategy that maintains children’s attachment to caregivers by disowning themselves as “bad” or “unlovable.” This deeply painful failure of self acceptance results in lifelong shame and self loathing, difﬁculty self soothing, and complications in relationships with others. Without internal compassion and a sense of worth, it is difﬁcult to take in the compassion and acceptance of others. To overcome this alienation from self, therapy must focus on cultivating clients’ mindful observation of signs of their disowned selves and disowned experience. As clients discover their trauma related, structurally dissociated younger selves and bring them “home,” they spontaneously begin to feel an internal sense of warmth and safety that changes their internal experience. In this workshop, using strategies inspired by Structural Dissociation theory, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and Internal Family Systems, we will explore the therapeutic power of fostering internal secure attach-ment to clients’ most deeply disowned selves.
This workshop had a great success in Milan with 300 therapists attending