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8 Keys to Safe Trauma Recovery: Take-Charge Strategies to Empower Your Healing (8 Keys to Mental Health) + The Body Remembers: The Psychophysiology of Trauma and Trauma Treatment (Norton Professional Book) + The Body Remembers Casebook: Unifying Methods and Models in the Treatment of Trauma and PTSD (Norton Professional Books)
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Product Details

  • Series: 8 Keys to Mental Health
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (January 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393706052
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393706055
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 0.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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“Rothschild’s brief, personable, and accessible book directly targets safe, successful recovery in a way that compels and convinces the reader. If trauma memories impact your life or that of someone you now or treat in a healthcare setting, you need this book.” (Trauma Psych)

“Readers who have experienced traumatic events will find this a helpful tool as they work with their professional therapist.” (Library Journal)

“A succinct and easy read, founded predominantly on compassion-focused and mindfulness-based approaches, this book is certainly one I would recommend to my own trauma clients.... [S]traight-forward and enlightening to read.” (Journal of Mental Health)

About the Author

Babette Rothschild, MSW, LCSW, has been a practicing psychotherapist since 1976. Author of 8 Keys to Safe Trauma Recovery and the best-selling The Body Remembers, and member of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, she gives lectures and professional trainings around the world. She is the editor of Norton's 8 Keys to Mental Health Series. She lives in Los Angeles.

More About the Author

The best-selling author of The Body Remembers, Babette is releasing a new book dedicated to trauma recovery, 8 Keys to Safe Trauma Recovery. Self-help readers, therapy clients, and therapists alike will find the eight keys--drawn from Rothschild's decades of experience--a clear and compassionate guide.

Babette continues to write, currently working on book #5 and editing a series of 8 Keys books. Several months a year you will find her traveling the globe as a popular lecturer, traininer, and consultant.

You are welcome to contact Babette by email: babette@trauma.cc or babette@8keys.cc. And please go to You Tube to see her latest video clip (you will need to copy the URL and paste it into your browser):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhuzpUlaX_k

Customer Reviews

This book has changed my life.
Helen
I highly recommend this book to anyone who is seeking help to recover from trauma and who wants to feel in-charge and empowered in their healing journey from trauma.
Helen Simmonds
It is written simply and clearly, but without talking down to the reader, and offers helpful tools that are practical and reassuring.
Rachelle Elias, LMFT

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

54 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Helen Simmonds on April 8, 2010
Format: Paperback
I felt a huge sense of relief just holding the book in my hands and after reading the first few pages knew that someone understood the complexities of healing from trauma! If only I had been more aware and had been taught early on in my trauma recovery to trust my own high level of intuitive feelings and common sense; had listened to my body sensations and seen those "stop" signs more clearly, I could have helped myself recover from trauma so much earlier. Instead I trusted some unhelpful "professionals" rather than trusting myself and endured more suffering and trauma as a result. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is seeking help to recover from trauma and who wants to feel in-charge and empowered in their healing journey from trauma.
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60 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Shapiro on January 29, 2010
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I have two copies of "8 Keys" in my office to lend out to patients. One patient recently commented that it was easy to locate the sections that felt immediately resonant with his experience and skip past sections that didnt seem relevant. Other people will obviously make different selections. I like the book for its clear and accessible writing (Babette Rothschild's gift), and the balance between being of comfort + support and straightforward psychoeducation. I think the book is an excellent office resource for clinicians.
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Tobias S. Schreiber on February 14, 2010
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This is an outstanding treatment approach. It needs to be read by anyone working with trauma. Easy to read, easy to follow, and very accessible.The writer is obviously highly experienced with this type of problem and has developed a powerful, yet respectful approach to addressing trauma and its safe resolution.The ste by step explanation is easy to follow and useful for all levels of adult readers.
Tobias S. Schreiber, Licensed Professional Counselor
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Rachelle Elias, LMFT on December 2, 2010
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Babette Rothchild's self-help book on trauma, 8 Keys to Safe Trauma Recovery, is indeed safe to read without re-stimulating traumatic memories. As a clinician, I feel confident recommending it to my clients as an adjunct to psychotherapy. It is written simply and clearly, but without talking down to the reader, and offers helpful tools that are practical and reassuring. Ms. Rothchild has a gift for making the reader feel understood. She includes enough self-disclosure to assure the reader that her advice is not only academic, but comes from personal experience. I recommend this book even for those clients who are not in trauma, but need help with developing skills for tolerating intense emotions. It is written with empathy, kindness, and above all, common sense!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Michele Rosenthal on May 11, 2012
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As a trauma survivor who struggled with PTSD for over 25 years I had to work very hard at recovery in order to get where I am today: 100% PTSD-free. During my recovery I looked for books that would help me 1) learn to make the shift from powerless to powerful, 2) discover techniques that would allow me to access a strong and calm part of my self, 3) educate me about what it meant to have been traumatized, 4) teach me simple processes that I could use on a daily basis to lessen my feelings of anxiety, confusion and frustration, 5) help me feel better by validating my experience and letting me know I wasn't alone, or worse: crazy. I wish I had had Babette's book when I was on my healing journey!

Now as the founder of HealMyPTSD.com, the host of YOUR LIFE AFTER TRAUMA and a post-trauma coach I continue to read voraciously looking for ideas, insights and suggestions that I can pass on to the survivors I meet in hopes of easing their recovery process. I constantly refer to and recommend 8 KEYS TO SAFE TRAUMA RECOVERY because it has not only enormously valuable insights into the healing process by one who deeply knows what it takes to feel better, but also because this book contains examples and stories of trauma survivors making progress, plus: simple, myth-busting ideas to free you to move forward. For example, you do NOT have to remember everything about your trauma in order to make healing progress. This can be a huge release and remove a large obstacle to feeling better!

Covering ideas for how to develop mindfulness, stop flashbacks, reconcile forgiveness and shame, make more progress by slowing down (a must-do for any recovery), and even tips for evaluating your personal recovery process, 8 KEYS becomes an invaluable resource for both survivors and practitioners who want to learn how we can untangle the tangled trauma web and move forward toward freedom.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Michael Gavin on February 24, 2010
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I heartily recommend and approve of this book. I like the blend of common sense, sound science and practical exercises.
Rothschild's writing is accessible without being simplistic, and respectful both of the readers' sensibilities and of their resourcefulness.

As a trauma therapist and supervisor I am familiar with her professional books, especially The Body Remembers: The Psychophysiology of Trauma and Trauma Treatment (Norton Professional Books) and I glad to have this to recommend to clients and to supervisees who are working with people affected by trauma.

It will be useful too to the friends and family of trauma survivors in understanding them and knowing how to help.

There is also some sensible advice for trauma survivors who are in therapy or counselling, and indeed some useful pointers for practitioners.

The associated newsletter and website ([...]) looks like a useful addition.
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