The very nature of depression often thwarts efforts to treat it. After all, it’s difficult to change when you have no energy, no hope, and no capacity to concentrate. How can we challenge these chronic states? Using interventions from Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, this workshop will introduce ways to help clients relate to their depressive symptoms mindfully, rather than identifying with them, and to manage physical symptoms through changes in posture, breath, and energy. You’ll discover how to:
- Help clients separate depressive thoughts from physical symptoms so that each can be treated separately
- Counter cognitive beliefs that reinforce depressive states by experimenting with new words, new actions, and new habits
- Use body-centered interventions, such as movement, to increase energy and focus in depressed clients
- Facilitate development of an “antidepressant lifestyle” rather than habitual engagement in the opposite
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.