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Healing the Wounds of Childhood: A psychologist's journey and discoveries from w Paperback – December 29, 2015
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Don St John, Ph.D., is a psychotherapist, somatic-relational teacher, coach, public speaker, and author. He is an authorized Continuum Movement teacher and Hellerwork Structural Integration practitioner and trainer. He has taught and given presentations in the US, Canada, New Zealand, and Brazil. Don brings two general qualifications to the authorship of Healing the Wounds of Childhood. The first, and perhaps most important, is that he has traveled the territory he describes, and he has accomplished an arguably miraculous level of personal change in one lifetime. As a psychotherapist, he works in a style that requires deep empathy and attunement with his patients. It is a level of emotional presence that he could not even have understood or imagined when he began his healing journey. As a Continuum Movement teacher, he teaches fluid movement. Again, this would have been unimaginable to him three decades ago. Thus, he has clearly walked what he talks. His second general qualification is that he has been immersed in both the psychotherapeutic and somatic therapy worlds for the past forty-seven years. His roots were in traditional clinical psychology, but earlyon, he realized from his own experience that the body must be included. Thus began his journey in both the psychotherapeutic and somatic realms. Dr. St John studied Gestalt Therapy at the LA Gestalt Therapy Institute and Neo-Reichian therapy with Drs. Allan Darbonne and Jack Lee Rosenberg; the Psychology of Selves and Voice Dialogue Method with Drs. Hal and Sidra Stone; Hakomi with Dr. Ron Kurtz; Coherence Therapy with Dr. Bruce Ecker; AEDP with Dr. Diana Fosha; and CIMS with Dr. Albert Sheldon and Beatriz Winstanley. He has taken immersion courses and core training in Dr. Sue Johnson's Emotionally-Focused Couple's Therapy. He is certified in Somatic Experiencing, the work of Dr. Peter Levine. He has also studied cranio-sacral therapy and for twenty years has been studying and practicing Continuum Movement developed by Emilie Conrad and Susan Harper. Don's doctoral dissertation, written at the Western Institute for Social Research, focused on the consequences of and recovery from relational maltreatment in early childhood. He lives in Salt Lake City with his wife of thirty years, Diane, co-founder of Paths of Connection. They have been teaching together for twenty-five years.
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First, there is his own biography crafted in such a way that it might be part of our own story and the stories of Humanity in general.
Then, he creates a manual that shows the importance of love and connection in our lives. He provides specific practices designed to enrich our lives and connections. These practices function as a "handbook for healing." Throughout all of this is a textbook, providing information on the heart, the brain, the nervous system the structure of the body and how they function to provide optimum conditions for a thriving human. This book is a well crafted, interesting story of how humans "work" and what they need to thrive. I give it 5 stars and highly recommend it!
Thank you, Don!
Judith Pickles, Ph.D., Psy.D., CMP, Hellerwork Structural Integration trainee.
I am not very familiar with Rolfing and Hellerwork and it was helpful to have a brief overview of their work and others who teach Structural Integration. Thank you for introducing me to lots of new information in areas I do not know.
I both found his writing about ‘Quality of Tissues, Structure and Movement’ very new and interesting for me. I was not familiar with Mae-wan Ho, and will read more when I get a chance.