- Series: Norton Professional Book
- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (October 17, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0393703274
- ISBN-13: 978-0393703276
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.8 x 9.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Body Remembers: The Psychophysiology of Trauma and Trauma Treatment (Norton Professional Book) 1st Edition
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“This book breaks new ground in the understanding of trauma-related work . . . . Every therapist who reads this book is likely to find their work benefits from it. . . . [I]nvaluable for clinicians working with clients, researchers, students and the general public who want to understand the psychophysiology of trauma and knowing what to do about its manifestations. ” (Scientific and Medical Network)
“Babette Rothschild has produced a masterful book! This text should be required reading for all therapists, particularly those engaged in trauma work. . . . [A] clear pacesetter in integrating the physiological and psychological dimensions of emotions and the use of such knowledge in the therapeutic process. I hope this pioneer author continues her excellent work. ” (Trauma and Loss: Research and Interventions)
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For both clinicians and their clients there is tremendous value in understanding the psychophysiology of trauma and knowing what to do about its manifestations. This book illuminates that physiology, shining a bright light on the impact of trauma on the body and the phenomenon of somatic memory. It is now thought that people who have been traumatized hold an implicit memory of traumatic events in their brains and bodies. That memory is often expressed in the symptomatology of posttraumatic stress disorder--nightmares, flashbacks, startle responses, and dissociative behaviors. In essence, the body of the traumatized individual refuses to be ignored. While reducing the chasm between scientific theory and clinical practice and bridging the gap between talk therapy and body therapy, Rothschild presents principles and non-touch techniques for giving the body its due. With an eye to its relevance for clinicians, she consolidates current knowledge about the psychobiology of the stress response both in normally challenging situations and during extreme and prolonged trauma. This gives clinicians from all disciplines a foundation for speculating about the origins of their clients' symptoms and incorporating regard for the body into their practice. The somatic techniques are chosen with an eye to making trauma therapy safer while increasing mind-body integration. Packed with engaging case studies, The Body Remembers integrates body and mind in the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder. It will appeal to clinicians, researchers, students, and general readers.
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For professionals who practice talk- or behavior-oriented therapy, Rothschild offers (1) a wonderfully concise argument for including the body in trauma recovery therapy and (2) simple, careful and deeply effective ways to integrate somatic therapy into their current approaches to working with clients who suffer from the effects of trauma--either recent, past or even long past. Since so many clients have at least a component of past trauma in their lives (underlying whatever brought them to therapy in the first place), this book should be on every therapist's reference shelf...and READ! Rothschild's stress on safety--and especially how to employ theory always in the service of the client's safety--is fantastic.
For lay people who have a basic acquaintance with psychology and psychotherapy, it offers a broad understanding of the wide but still-developing field of trauma therapy, and could help many people (1) finally decide to get effective professional help and (2) choose a competent, appropriate therapist for that purpose.
I gained so much information and so many valuable tools through this text, it is written in, dog-eared and well used! I would recommend this book to anyone working with clients that experience PTSD, body image issues or a history of trauma.
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A must have read for those with history of person trauma.