120 – Opening the Heart

How to Deepen the Experience of Therapy
Janina Fisher

We often use terms like hard-hearted to describe those who can’t seem to feel empathy or connect to their own emotions, forgetting that the roots of open-heartedness grow out of safe and loving relationships early in life. Emotionally disconnected clients often flee from the deepening we try to facilitate in therapy because their bodies simply don’t know how to do empathy. In this workshop, we’ll explore simple, body-oriented ways of helping clients have more open, connected, heartfelt experiences. You’ll discover:

  • Specific and simple movement interventions that physically open the heart and allow clients more access to emotion
  • Ways to transform fear of emotional vulnerability through the body, including engaging the spine and core
  • Which somatic experiences contribute to an open heart by experimenting with movement and tension, and which don’t
  • How to use the heart as a resource in treatment by changing heart-rate variability
  • Methods to support the heart physically and relax the extremities to relieve stress

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.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Janina Fisher is in private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Janina Fisher has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

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