- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (February 13, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0393709787
- ISBN-13: 978-0393709780
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1 x 9.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 49 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness is an especially important guide for safely adapting mindfulness and meditation practices for people who have experienced trauma. . . . [P]ractical, well-organized, and will undoubtedly help clinicians be more cautious and effective when using mindfulness approaches with clients who have trauma histories.”
- The Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy
“As soon as I finished reading this book, I began suggesting it to friends who are counselors as well as yoga teachers. . . . This book is an exceptional resource for therapists that includes case examples which offer an excellent overview of trauma and its effects. . . . I am grateful for the work that Treleaven is doing and that he has shared this insightful, caring, and valuable book.”
- Psych Central
“A seminal work of outstanding scholarship. . . . [I]mpressively informative, exceptionally well written, organized and presented so as to be of enduring value for both academia and the non-specialist general reader with an interest in the subject.”
- Midwest Book Review
“Meditation is sweeping through our culture, offering unprecedented potential for healing our psyches and transforming consciousness. Yet, like all powerful processes, if not well understood it can be misused and cause damage. This is particularly the case for those who are living with trauma. In his groundbreaking exploration of meditation and trauma, David Treleaven looks at this issue through multiple lenses, drawing on current research about the physiology and psycho-neurology of unprocessed trauma, and shining a light on the potential impact of a well articulated, popular, and highly regarded form of mindfulness meditations called Vipassana, or Insight meditation. This is essential and fascinating reading for meditation teachers, mental health practitioners, and all those who have suffered from trauma and want to engage on a meditative path in a wise and healing way.”
- Tara Brach, PhD, author, Radical Acceptance and True Refuge
“David’s writing connects our inner and outer work. It locates mindfulness amidst the real, lived experiences of the people practicing. He acknowledges the trauma that so many of us experience, and the healing that so many need. And, as few in the meditation world do, David reveals the reality and impact of social inequities, and how they are at play in mindfulness training and practice, and trauma healing.”
- Staci Haines, author of Healing Sex: A Mind-Body Approach to Healing Sexual Trauma
“In this highly readable, sensitive, and respected volume, David Treleaven illuminates the hidden risks of mindfulness and meditation for those who have backgrounds of unresolved trauma. At the same time he offers practical ad protective strategies which greatly expands the reach of these vital practices to populations that previously were unable to benefit from them. Teachers of mindful practices, including meditation and yoga, as well as helping professionals of all sorts who endeavor to weave mindful practice into their work, will all find the wisdom in this book essential for helping traumatized students and clients.”
- Babette Rothschild, MSW, author, The Body Remembers, Volumes 1 & 2
About the Author
David A. Treleaven, PhD, is an educator and trauma professional whose work focuses on the intersection of trauma, mindfulness, and social justice. Trained in counseling psychology at the University of British Columbia, he received his doctorate in psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. He has been studying mindfulness for twenty years and has a private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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In addition, Treleaven's work gathers in one place the theory and practices of working with trauma and mindfulness--and working with trauma mindfully. What is "dissociation"? What are its causes and symptoms? What do we do with it, our own or others', once we recognize and understand it? How can mindfulness practice be adjusted to heal and not trigger dissociation? All these questions are answered in theory, case studies, and practical guidance. This is just one moment of traumatic response that Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness lays out for the reader.
This is a beautiful book with the beautiful intention of gently correcting one-sided views, informing, and, above all, leading the teacher and practitioner alike toward resilience and healing. Anyone who reads this will learn a lot, feel seen, and say, "finally, the fuller picture of a full life."
My PhD dissertation was on mindfulness and included years of research on the topic. Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness is a monumental academic and intellectual achievement in the field of mindfulness and trauma. Anyone in the healing arts or interested in personally addressing trauma in his or her life would be well served by the depth and breadth in which the subjects of trauma and mindfulness are covered. There are over 20 pages of references and endnotes in this book. - David King Keller, PhD
Another fitting subtitle for this book would be, “How To Successfully Comprehend and Healthfully Address Trauma.”
Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness: Practices for Safe and Transformative HealingTrauma-Sensitive Mindfulness: Practices for Safe and Transformative Healing
David King Keller, PhD
I taught "trauma sensitive yoga" at a domestic violence shelter to Hispanic women long before trauma sensitive yoga became a "thing." I've been teaching for 17 years and for 10 years studied in India in the Krishnamacharya Yoga tradition. I did the TSY training at the Trauma Institute in 2011 and I questioned whether instructing trauma survivors to sit in mindfulness was actually a good thing for ALL trauma survivors. However, I never said anything in class because I did not want to sound like a know-it-all since I do not have any clinical psych training, I'm just a yoga teacher. While what I learned in that training about the physiology of trauma (brain anatomy) was helpful, the practice itself (mindful yoga + concentrating on the breath) was nothing different from how I already taught, i.e., that yoga is not one size fits all and from a Buddhist perspective, which is what this author speaks to (the author speaks to the Buddhist foundations of mindfulness.) Also, the training I did and subsequent books I've read on this subject never addressed the social construct of trauma such as racism, sexism, etc. I would absolutely recommend this book as a starting point in trauma sensitive awareness for therapists and yoga teachers.
This book can also be quite beneficial for anyone who has suffered trauma or witnessed trauma, that is working participating in mindfulness, meditation &/or yoga classes so that they may be able to know how to modify or remove themselves from a class or teacher.