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I strongly recommend this fascinating and essential reading...it offers clinicians of all orientations a variety of psychosomatic treatment strategies. (Journal of Psychosomatic Rsearch, Julia Mueller)

About the Author

Kekuni Minton, Ph.D., is a faculty member at Naropa University.

Pat Ogden, PhD, is the founder and director of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.

Clare Pain, M.D., is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Universities of Toronto and Western Ontario.

Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and completed his postgraduate medical education at UCLA with training in pediatrics and child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry. He is currently a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, founding co-director of UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center, founding co-investigator at the UCLA Center for Culture, Brain and Development, and executive director of the Mindsight Institute, an educational center devoted to promoting insight, compassion, and empathy in individuals, families, institutions, and communities. Dr. Siegel’s psychotherapy practice spans thirty years, and he has published extensively for the professional audience. He serves as the Founding Editor for theNorton Professional Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology which includes over three dozen textbooks. Dr. Siegel’s books include Mindsight, Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology, The Developing Mind, Second Edition, The Mindful Therapist, The Mindful Brain, Parenting from the Inside Out (with Mary Hartzell, M.Ed.), and the three New York Times bestsellers: Brainstorm, The Whole-Brain Child (with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.), and his latest No-Drama Discipline (with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.). He has been invited to lecture for the King of Thailand, Pope John Paul II, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Google University, and TEDx. For more information about his educational programs and resources, please visit: www.DrDanSiegel.com.

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Product Details

  • Series: Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (October 13, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393704572
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393704570
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.5 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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232 of 235 people found the following review helpful By Roderick E. Glover on August 15, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book is a comprehensive, well-organized, and practical reference on a somatic (body-based) approach to trauma treatment. It is the best thing on the subject I have on my bookshelf. And since I believe that the resolution of trauma is both safest and most effective when the body is involved, it is therefore the single most useful reference I have on trauma treatment period. The writing is clear, precise, and appealing, and it deals authoritatively with an important emerging area of our field. This book is aimed at professional therapists, but I'm sure that much of it would be interesting and readable for many others.

I've taken Ogden's training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for Trauma and found it to be extraordinarily useful, so I'm naturally inclined to be sympathetic to her book. However, I've also had the experience of reading unsatisfying and inadequate expositions of other approaches, and I am glad to say that this is not one of them. One of the great strengths of Ogden's approach, its teachability, shows up here as well.

The first part of the book lays out a theoretical understanding of trauma based on recent scientific research in neurobiology and attachment. It cogently brings together topics including the three levels of information processing in the brain; modulation of physiological and affective arousal in the nervous system; attachment dynamics and neuropsychology; the inbuilt orienting and defensive responses, including fight/flight/freeze, submission, collapse, and dissociation; and relevant findings in affective neuroscience on inbuilt action systems such as nurturance, exploration, and sexuality.
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84 of 88 people found the following review helpful By Liz Hall on October 27, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I have worked with people who have experienced trauma particularly childhood abuse and neglect for many years. This is by far the best approach that I have met, and is based on the recent and revolutionary neurobiological reseach that has transformed the understanding of the impact of trauma on the individual. It uses mindfulness as a key part of the therapeutic approach. This book is ground-breaking and to be recommended to all practitioners working in this field, and will also enable survivors of trauma to lead happier and more fruitful lives.
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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful By P. A. Frank on September 30, 2008
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this book is so full of information but it is not an easy read. It would be helpful to already be familar with Pat Ogden's work because it helps to understand the theories . All that being said, it is breathtaking in its depth and approach to treatment of clients with trauma.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Laura Wakeman on March 24, 2013
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This book is one of the best books I have ever read. I am a survivor of extreme abuse and torture. I seem to have survived by shutting down all types of feelings, physical and emotional. One day last fall my therapist, who had just returned from ISSTD, sat down in front of me with a pillow in front of her. She said, "Pretend I am him and push me away. Go ahead, push." I did. "Tell him what you think of him," she said. I did. I felt such powerful feelings, and later that day I felt a deep feeling like I had never experienced. I looked up Pat Ogden, who my therapist said she had just seen at ISSTD, and bought the book. At first, I almost returned it because it is very dense with smallish print. I thought, this is too hard. But I started, and it was phenomenal! I have underlined almost everything, and have stars in all the margins. I am reading it again now. All I can say is, for me, reading this book struck a chord in me and makes me yearn to heal in a way I haven't felt before.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By ZSky on December 20, 2012
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I have found this book to be quite essential and an important reading about a body-based approach to understanding our trauma and the discussion of treatments is involved. It is quite extensive and most practical reference on the subject, and it basically describes trauma, its effects, and in causatum, how we are possibly "programmed" by these trauma. I have found Ogden's approach to the subject to be quite warmhearted and clear yet not exactly an easy reading.

Additionally, I think that this book goes suitably well with Stephen W. Porges' The Polyvagal Theory: Neurophysiological Foundations of Emotions, Attachment, Communication, and Self-regulation (Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology) and Peter Levine's In an Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness. It is to be highly recommended.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Nicole Skylis on May 1, 2010
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I strongly suggest that you spend the money on this book and don't waste your time on any thing else! This is by far the most comprehensive, well written, and interesting book that I've read on the topic of trauma and recovery! I'm still working to get through it because it is the type of book that is worth reading word for word. I'm sure I'll have to read it more then once before I really understand all that it teaches but it is so worth it. I truly feel that it is the sensory integrative approach that has been missing in the field of trauma and in the astronomical process of healing.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Tobias S. Schreiber on February 14, 2010
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This book is very well done, well researched, and it is obvious that the writer is an experienced therapist. The reading is challenging in that you need to have some interest in the physiology of trauma. The entry of somatic therapy into the spectrum of available treatment modalities is exciting and offers a more complete approach to the treatment of traumatic experiences.Well worth the effort to read and absorb the material.
Tobias S. Schreiber, Licesed Professional Counselor
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