Relational and Body-Centered Practices for Healing Trauma provides psychotherapists and other helping professionals with a new body-based clinical model for the treatment of trauma. This model synthesizes emerging neurobiological and attachment research with somatic, embodied healing practices. Tested with hundreds of practitioners in courses for more than a decade, the principles and practices presented here empower helping professionals to effectively treat people with trauma while experiencing a sense of mutuality and personal growth themselves.
Sharon Stanley, PhD, is an educator and psychotherapist in private practice on Bainbridge Island, Washington, where she also develops and facilitates courses on Somatic Transformation, a two-year curriculum for healing trauma.
Preface Acknowledgements Introduction 1. Trauma and Embodied Relational Healing 2. Structures and Functions of the Brain and Polyvagal Theory of Autonomic Functioning 3. Good News! The Brain Can Change! 4. Embodiment-Coming Home to Our Bodies 5. With Trauma "the Spirit Leaves the Body" 6. Somatic Awareness-The Truth of the Mind Begins in the Body 7.Somatic Empathy - Encounters of "Feeling Felt" 8.Somatic Inquiry-Exploring the Intersubjective World through Language 9. Somatic Interventions for Regulating Neural-Emotional States 10. Somatic Interventions with Imagination and Dreams 11. Somatic Reflection 12. The Old/New Paradigm for Healing Trauma Appendix: The Practice of Somatics