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Create Connection from a Distance: Making Telehealth Relational

Janina Fisher, PhD shares her pro tips for transcending the limitations of telehealth and establishing a sense of closeness with your clients.

Janina Fisher, Ph.D.

The Covid-19 pandemic and recent upheaval to our daily lives and social connections has been traumatic for thousands of people. Not only that, but this unprecedented time in our lives has the power to trigger past trauma, which compounds the current anxiety, depression and fear people are experiencing.

Compounding this problem is that you’re also being asked to treat clients from a distance, using telehealth options that can be unfamiliar for both clients and therapists.

So, now that distance therapy is the “new normal” when treating clients, how can you overcome the two-dimensional limitations of the screen to create a sense of connection with your clients?

In this short video, trauma treatment expert Janina Fisher shares her pro tips for helping clients feel engaged, listened to and understood—no matter where you are.

Watch this short video today:

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Meet the Expert:
Janina Fisher, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and former instructor at The Trauma Center, a research and treatment center founded by Bessel van der Kolk. Known as an expert on the treatment of trauma, Dr. Fisher has also been treating individuals, couples and families since 1980.

She is past president of the New England Society for the Treatment of Trauma and Dissociation, an EMDR International Association Credit Provider, Assistant Educational Director of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, and a former Instructor, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Fisher lectures and teaches nationally and internationally on topics related to the integration of the neurobiological research and newer trauma treatment paradigms into traditional therapeutic modalities.

She is co-author with Pat Ogden of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Attachment and Trauma (2015) and author of Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors: Overcoming Internal Self-Alienation (2017) and the forthcoming book, Working with the Neurobiological Legacy of Trauma (in press).

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Topic: Trauma

Tags: How To | Social Media | Strategies | Therapy Tools | Tools | Trauma | Trauma Treatment

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Monday, May 4, 2020 5:02:08 PM | posted by Barbara Caspy, LCSW
Thank you Janina! I've been using telehealth from home for about four weeks, after doing face-to-face therapy for thirty six years. The first couple of weeks was definitely a time of adjustment for both clients and myself, especially with a few technological problems. I agree with Janina that as the therapist I had to be able to feel that our therapy would continue to be as beneficial and healing as it's been face-to-face. When I adjusted and made a firm decision that I could do meaningful therapy through telehealth, my clients were able to settle into continuing some of the deep work we had been doing. I am, however, looking forward to a time face-to-face therapy will become safe again!

Monday, May 4, 2020 9:07:33 AM | posted by Betty German
sign up for free creating sense of connection through the screen

Monday, May 4, 2020 6:55:34 AM | posted by Veigh Mehan
These telehealth videos are very helpful. I am wondering if you have any specific for counselors working on college campuses?