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CC17 Keynote 06 - When Intimacy Feels Unsafe: Healing the Trauma Legacy in Couples Therapy - Janina Fisher, PhD

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Couples Therapy |  Trauma |  Keynotes |  Intimacy |  Attachment |  Neurobiology |  Relationships
Couples Conference |  Couples Conference 2017
Janina Fisher, PhD
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Original Program Date:
Apr 02, 2017
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Early childhood trauma has lasting and dramatic effects on attachment formation and on the later capacity for intimacy and mutuality. Instead of experiencing relationships as a haven of safety, traumatized couples are driven by powerful wishes for and fears of closeness. By using somatic and mindfulness-based interventions, conflictual patterns are disrupted, allowing couples to address the intense responses and impulsive reactions that undermine all sense of safety and hope and recreate the experience of threat in the body and in the relationship.

Educational Objectives:

  1. Discuss the neurobiological consequences of traumatic experience on individu- als and couples.
  2. Identify signs of traumatic attachment in dyadic interaction.
  3. Describe a trauma-focused paradigm for high-conflict couple relationships.

*Sessions may be edited for content and to preserve confidentiality*



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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.