Research shows us that trauma is stored in the body. But how does this happen, and why? Here, trauma expert Janina Fisher weighs in using the case example of her depressed client Ben, and explains why knowing how trauma functions can help us understand our own stress reactions to the covid-19 pandemic.
Janina Fisher, PhD, 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.
As Fisher mentions, it's especially important for therapists to validate their clients’ losses right now, especially the absence of physical contact with friends, family members, and coworkers.
She also offers a strategy for helping them manage. In her recent Networker article, "Nine Simple Interventions for Depression," Fisher breaks down concrete, proven interventions—all easily worked into video sessions.