For many trauma survivors, even beginning to explore a traumatic event with their therapist can be an act of bravery. According to Janina Fisher, co-author of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, in order for clients to take this step, they first need to be empowered.
In the following video clip, Fisher explains what 25 years of trauma treatment has taught us about empowering trauma survivors, and how this allows them to take a lead role in their own healing. With new self-awareness, these clients often not only confront their trauma history, but emerge from treatment with a new sense of purpose and a dedication to help others in their position.
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 notes, guiding trauma survivors through the creation of a self-narrative imbued with positivity is key to the healing process. And because it doesn't necessitate rehashing exactly what happened during the traumatic event, your clients can stay grounded and present with you in the consulting room.
“Listening to and witnessing the clients’ experiences remain central to the treatment process,” Fisher says. “In this new age of trauma treatment, we aim to help our clients find the light—or at least to find their bodies, their resources, and their resilience.”
You might also like Fisher's reflection on 25 years of trauma treatment in "Putting the Pieces Together," or our magazine issue on trauma, "Treating Trauma: What Are We Missing?" including pieces from trauma experts Mary Jo Barrett, Noel, Larson, and more!
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