Janina Fisher • Thursday All Day
Therapy comprises a complex, shifting, neurobiological exchange between two human organisms—a brain-to-brain dance. But who’s the leader? In a dance as intense as a therapy session, sometimes your clients’ neural wiring prevails, and you find them waltzing (or dragging) you right into their depression, anxiety, or anger. Finding a sustainable dance rhythm with each client requires knowing how to monitor and regulate your own nervous system and somatic experience, as well as theirs. In this workshop, you’ll learn experientially as well as didactically how to consciously notice when your nervous system shifts with clients—tuning in, for example, to tenseness in your body, a tight jaw, or an uneasy stomach. Through demonstrations and practice, you’ll learn how to soothe yourself in session and regain your composure and feeling of openness, so you can dance, rather than struggle, with your clients.
Janina Fisher, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and instructor at the Trauma Center in Boston, a senior faculty member of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, and a former instructor at Harvard Medical School.