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Healing Trauma

Attachment, Mind, Body and Brain


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Born out of the excitement of a convergence of ideas and passions, this book provides a synthesis of the work of researchers, clinicians, and theoreticians who are leaders in the field of trauma, attachment, and psychotherapy.

As we move into the third millennium, the field of mental health is in an exciting position to bring together diverse ideas from a range of disciplines that illuminate our understanding of human experience: neurobiology, developmental psychology, traumatology, and systems theory. The contributors emphasize the ways in which the social environment, including relationships of childhood, adulthood, and the treatment milieu change aspects of the structure of the brain and ultimately alter the mind.


“Trauma has returned to center stage in our clinical and theoretical thinking. This book enriches our understanding of trauma from all the pertinent perspectives. It will be invaluable for all in the field, both for treating people and thinking about trauma. ” — Daniel S. Stern, MD, Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry, Cornell Medical School; author of The Interpersonal World of the Infant

“This remarkable collection of articles summarizes much of the best current thinking on trauma, attachment research, neurobiology, and its application to psychodynamic psychotherapy. It is an outstanding achievement.” — Beatrice Beebe, PhD, Clinical Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry, NYS Psychiatric Institute, Columbia University

“This volume provides much more than a compelling set of models for healing trauma—it also delivers a state of the art account of the causes and consequences of trauma. The editors, Marion Solomon and Daniel Siegel, are to be congratulated for bringing together so cohesively some of the most powerful voices in the field. This book will clarify understanding of trauma through eight chapters presenting the latest significant findings in neuroscience, developmental and clinical psychology, and psychiatry. Those training or working with victims of trauma and their families will find this resource indispensable.” — Howard Steele, PhD, Director, Attachment Research Unit, University College, London; Editor, Attachment & Human Development

“This is an extraordinary book. It provides an up-to-the-minute integration of attachment trauma and neuroscience. Each contribution provides an essential chart to guide the therapist in understanding this most difficult group of clients. Taken together, the chapters compose a veritable atlas mapping this world of the unbearable and unthinkable. Without such theoretical and practical guides, the therapist working with trauma can become as vulnerable as the client she or he attempts to heal.” — Peter Fonagy, PhD, FBA, Freud Memorial Professor of Psychoanalysis at University College London and Director, Child and Family Center, The Menninger Clinic, Topeka, KS

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