Books

I am a book lover—one year I think I went to the library every week with my kids, without fail. I like this image, because books open up so many doors to us, taking us to unexpected worlds or bits of information we might not have otherwise learned. We get to borrow the perspectives, experiences, and knowledge of others, and for this I am forever grateful. My book list could be much longer—there are SO many great books out there—but I don’t want to overwhelm. Here are a few of my tried and true favorites.

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How to be Sick by Toni Bernard

Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach

True Refuge by Tara Brach

It’s Not Always Depression by Hilary Jacobs Hendel, LCSW

Loving What Is by Byron Katie

The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk

Peace is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh

Websites & Apps

As a therapist and a licensed clinical social worker, I have come to feel very grateful for the number of free resources that are now available for people who are looking to heal, grow, and expand their minds. The internet has changed our world, and allowed us to travel out of our own homes with a simple click of the button. While there are definitely risks to the “internet era”, I have seen a multitude of benefits. I chose the image below because the internet gives each of us the opportunity to learn about the wisdom that comes from other societies, including their customs, cultures, and histories.

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Websites

The Beacon House, a treatment facility in the UK, has built a wonderful website, influenced by some world renowned experts on the topics of attachment injury, developmental trauma, and PTSD. This organization offers some wonderful resources for understanding the impact of trauma on a child.

It is important to remember that for many people, their experiences with physical, emotional, developmental, or sexual trauma happened during their childhood. Often as a result, the responses we have in our adulthood may feel “childish”—but is it any wonder? Many of us are unwittingly hijacked by the child inside of us, who is stuck in time and still bearing the wounds of a particular situation or incident.  For this reason, it is extremely useful to understand what trauma feels like to a child. Please take some time to look at these handouts and review the website.  There are some real gems!

Apps

There is an "app" and website called Insight Timer that is very helpful to anyone who is trying to develop a regular meditation practice.  It can be downloaded to your smart phone and allows free access to a healthy library of guided meditation materials.  There is a handy guide on the website that can help you understand the various styles of meditation.  It is my recommendation that anyone in therapy seek guided meditations in the groupings referenced as "Mindfulness" and "Movement".  These will help you become more connected to yourself and your body, which is of utmost importance for the process of healing. I recommend people stay away from transcendental meditations, and note that some forms of meditation can be triggering to people with trauma histories. If this sounds familiar to you, here is a podcast that you might appreciate.

Have any additional book, website, or app recommendations?

I would love to hear what resources you find useful!

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