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Difficult Therapy Situations - The Concept of the "Sphere of Emotional Resonance" by Lukas Nissen

  • 09 Nov 2017
  • (UTC-03:00)
  • 10 Nov 2017
  • (UTC-03:00)
  • 2 sessions
  • 09 Nov 2017, 9:30 AM 4:30 PM (UTC-03:00)
  • 10 Nov 2017, 9:00 AM 4:30 PM (UTC-03:00)
  • Oslo, Norway

Difficult Therapy Situations - The Concept of the "Sphere of Emotional Resonance" 

by Lukas Nissen

Basis of this workshop is the fact that difficult therapy situations evolve, when the therapist, triggered by incidents within the therapeutic relationship, flips into a state of disintegration (maladaptive schemas and modes) and automatically/unintentionally engages in dysfunctional coping behaviour, which, in turn, amplifies dysfunctional mechanisms with the patient.

By means of the concept of the „sphere of emotional resonance“, situations like this are analyzed and worked through with the goal of effecting a reassurance and better integration of the therapist, which allows him/her to encounter the patient in a more open way, being able again to esteem the patients needs more freely. Exercises in the sphere of emotional resonance imply mainly the mindful perception of body signals, coping mechanisms and felt threats, as well as the classification of alarm reactions within the life history.

Another most important element of the exercises implies the compassionate validation of all the feelings and impulses that arise during the alarm reaction.


  • Participants will be introduced theoretically to the concept of the sphere of emotional resonance and have the occasion to work through their own difficult therapy situations by doing practical exercises.


09. - 10. November 2017



Pilestredet 75c


Registration and fees

Registration fee: 4. 000 NOK

Registration includes participation in all sessions, workshop handouts, and coffee/fruit break each day. For registration and further information about the seminar, please see www.psykologbehandling.no or contact Erlend Aschehoug at erlend@psykologbehandling.no

Registration deadline is 15. October 2017

Agenda Thursday 09. November 2017

09.30 - 10.00: Registration

10.00 - 11.15: Introductory Lecture: The concept of the „sphere of emotional resonance (SER)“

11.15 - 11.45: Experiential warm-up: Imagery exercise of a difficult therapy situation

11.45 - 12.00: Collecting several difficult therapy situations to work on after lunch break

12.00 - 13.00: Lunch

13.00 - 14.00: Demonstration: working through a difficult therapy situation with one of the trainees

14.00 - 14.45: Explaining central interventions of the SER – the circle within the SER

14.45 - 15.00: Pause

15.00 - 15.45: Exercise: recognizing signs of alarm- and coping reactions in me and in others (nonverbal, paraverbal,verbal)

15.45 - 16.30: Role play: giving feedback on alarm- and coping reactions

Agenda Friday 10. November 2017

09.00 - 09.30: Registration

09.30 - 10.30: Demonstration: working through a difficult therapy situation with one of the trainees

10.30 - 11.30: Exercise: guiding a colleague through the SER

11.30 - 12.00: Repeating interventions that seemed difficult during the exercise

12.00 - 13.00: Lunch

13.00 - 13.30: Mindfulness exercise: body signals in me and others

13.30 - 14.30: Demonstration: working through a difficult therapy situation with one of the trainees

14.30 - 14.45: Time for questions

14.45 - 15.00: Pause

15.00 - 15.45: Exercise: doing psychoeducation with a colleague using the SER-model

15.45 - 16.30: Exercise: guiding a colleague through the SER

About the Presenter: 

Before studying psychology and becoming a psychotherapist, Lukas Nissen absolved an acting school with the main focus on mime, body language and dance. This first formation reveals Lukas Nissen’s interest in everything that has to do with expression of feelings, intentions and thoughts through the body, an element that recurs in the development of the „sphere of emotional resonance“. Lukas Nissen works as a psychotherapist since almost 20 years, leads a curriculum for Schema Therapy in Basel, Switzerland and gives lectures and workshops in Switzerland, Germany, Austria and Poland. Besides the treatment of patients, supervision and self-therapy of therapists is an important field of work for Lukas Nissen.

Why Schema Therapy?

Schema therapy has been extensively researched to effectively treat a wide variety of typically treatment resistant conditions, including Borderline Personality Disorder and Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Read our summary of the latest research comparing the dramatic results of schema therapy compared to other standard models of psychotherapy.

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