Recommended Books

These are books that we have read and found to be very helpful. Some are more accessible than others, but all provided valuable insight. Workbooks are underlined.

Trauma & Neurobiological Resources

  • The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk

  • Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma by Peter Levine 
  • Mending the Soul: Understanding and Healing Abuse by Steven R. Tracy
  • Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence–From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror by Judith L. Herman

  • Growing Beyond Survival: A Self-Help Toolkit for Managing Traumatic Stress by Elizabeth G. Vermilyea

  • The Developing Mind, Third Edition: How Relationships and the Brain Interact to Shape Who We Are by Daniel J. Siegel M.D.Fred Stella, et al.

  • It Didn’t Start with You: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are and How to End the Cycle by Mark Wolynn
  • Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation by Daniel J. Siegel 

  • Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors: Overcoming Internal Self-Alienation by Janina Fisher

  • The Polyvagal Theory: Neurophysiological Foundations of Emotions, Attachment, Communication, and Self-Regulation by Stephen W. PorgesJoe Hempel, et al.

Helpful Video Links

  • This is a short video explaining the importance of childhood attachment in the role of developing a secure sense of self.
  • This is a video of Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, a leading expert in trauma, explaining how trauma changes the brain.
  • The ACE Study: This is a video that explains what the ACE Study is and its significance. Click here to watch.
  • This is a video of a famous experiment that shows the profound impact adult interaction has on a child’s ability to regulate their nervous system.

  • This short video gives an overview of a therapy model known as TBRI. It covers the neurological importance of a child connecting with an adult in a safe relationship, and what happens when this is interrupted.

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