The very nature of depression often thwarts efforts to treat it. After all, it’s difficult to change when you have no energy, no sense of hope, and no capacity to concentrate. How can we challenge these chronic states? Trauma expert Janina Fisher breaks down nine interventions from Sensorimotor Psychotherapy—all easily worked into video sessions—that she uses with her own depressed clients.
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 Janina explains, these exercises are creative ways to mobilize shut-down clients, build rapport, and generate hope. And with anxiety and depression at new highs right now, tools like these are especially valuable.
"Given the way our lives have been turned upside down by the pandemic—causing isolation, joblessness, fear, anxiety—a lot of our clients will exhibit signs of depression," Janina writes. "Even we therapists may feel the weight of our own challenges as well as the pain of our clients."
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