Trauma from medical conditions and procedures. Stress, trauma, and trauma therapy in the context of medical treatment.

Trauma from medical conditions and procedures. Stress, trauma, and trauma therapy in the context of medical treatment.


Date(s) - December 15, 2022
5:00 pm - 8:15 pm



Event Notes

-A talk by Sarah Zorica Mitic
Dr. sci. med., TRE® global certification trainer and trauma therapist

Thursday, December 15th | 5 pm – 6 pm CET.

This is a free talk and open to anyone.

Medical conditions, acute and chronic diseases, undergoing medical treatment procedures, and long-term and repeated hospital stays bring numerous uncertainties, worries, and stresses. They can even be experienced as a threat to life itself.

This can result in long-term stress and even trauma. Even when everything goes well from a medical point of view, this can be the case. The result can be significant, with lower quality of life and reduced capacity to function and thrive in both one’s personal life, relationships, and at work.

It is especially important to tread carefully and be aware of the potential trauma onset when working with children, as traumas at a young age can mark individuals for a lifetime.

With knowledge about the subject matter, the potential consequences of suffering traumas can be reduced, prevented, or helped afterward.

In this talk, Sarah will draw on her experience as both a medical doctor and a trauma therapist to explain how medical conditions and treatment can be traumatic, how to prevent or reduce stress and trauma in the treatment setting, and how body-oriented methods like TRE®, Somatic Experiencing, Brainspotting, etc. can be used to repair and restore the capacity for self-regulation in the aftermath of trauma.

Register for the free talk here.


TRE® q&a, connect and tremor session led by Hans Holter Solhjell and Sarah Zorica Mitic

Thursday, December 15th | 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm CET.

In this two-hour session, we will connect and share experiences related to the topic of the talk and TRE® in general, and you can ask questions related to the topic of the talk.
We will also do a tremor session, demonstrate interventions and modifications, and provide individual guidance and support.

These sessions are for those with quite a bit of experience with TRE® as a personal practice, instructors, and trainers. They are not beginner sessions.

Sign up for Q&A and tremor session here.


About Sarah Zorica Mitic

Dr. sci. med. Sarah Zorica Mitic is a retired medical specialist with 40 years of work experience in the health systems in several different countries.

While working in Norway, Sarah developed a special interest in patients who had trauma from previous hospital stays or encounters with illness and the health system. For the last 20 years, she has worked with cancer patients in grave conditions, both adults and children. Sarah also has extensive experience in pain therapy and has written a pain treatment manual published in two languages.

Sarah is a also cancer survivor and has first-hand experience with complicated surgeries both as a medical professional and as a patient. She went through several life-threatening surgical interventions herself. That experience gave her an insight into and a better understanding of traumatic reactions.

As a specialist in anesthesiology, Sarah worked in several countries and was the head of an anesthesia department at the Clinical Center of the University of Belgrade, Serbia. In Serbia and Norway, she was part of medical teams that operated on patients with complex conditions, and she also helped the patients prepare for those interventions.

Dr. Mitic is educated in Somatic Experience, Brainspotting, NARM, SOMA, and is a TRE® trainer (Trauma Tension Releasing Exercises). As a TRE® trainer, she has gained extensive experience working with refugees. She has worked to introduce TRE® to Turkey so that new TRE® providers can work with refugees from Syria and surrounding countries.

She has always had a special interest in trauma therapy and has a doctorate in psychosomatics and psychophysiology – with a focus on fear.

During the war in former Yugoslavia, she worked as a doctor in war zone hospitals and wrote a book of her experiences from this period based on her diary.
“Life as Trauma: The Wartime Journals of an Anesthesiologist” The book can be found at:

She is the author of several academic books and articles. More information about these works can be found at


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