The Body Keeps the Score; Bessel van der Kolk, MD

When I was doing my internship, my supervisor pushed me to read this book, telling me that most people will, unfortunately, experience some form of trauma and it is important I understand the complexities of it and how the body is impacted by it. This book was so helpful for me to think about trauma from a more complete picture and to look more at the lasting impact of repressed trauma and emotions.


Managing Traumatic Stress Through Art; Cohen

Art and creativity is sometimes one of the easiest ways to tap into and begin trauma work with clients. This book includes worksheets and write ups that provide a rationale for the work and then art projects connected to the individual goal or focus of the activity.

Amazon write up: "Three art therapists have collaborated to produce this unique workbook. Designed especially for trauma survivors, Managing Traumatic Stress Through Art introduces inventive ways to understand, manage, and transform the aftereffects of trauma. This dynamic workbook consists of carefully structured step-by-step art projects, augmented by tearout images, and writing experiences. The book's first section, Developing Basic Tools For Managing Stress, is devoted to establishing a safe framework for trauma resolution. The second section, Acknowledging and Regulating Your Emotions, helps the trauma survivor to make sense of overwhelming emotional experiences. The final section, Being and Functioning in the World, focuses on self and relational development, leading into the future. Managing Traumatic Stress Through Art will inspire survivors to explore the aftermath of traumatic stress as it affects self-image, relationships with others, and functioning in the world. The 26 projects in this book encourage creative growth and help to establish a sense of personal safety, while exploring and honoring feelings of anger, fear, shame, and sadness. The art experiences are broad enough to be of value to survivors of a wide variety of traumatic experiences, ranging from childhood abuse to accidents to disabling mental illness. This workbook offers an opportunity to everyone, regardless of previous experience or artistic talent, to manage symptoms of traumatic stress in a creative, life-affirming way."

Overcoming Trauma & PTSD; Raja

As a therapist that draws on all of the theories used in this book, I love how the book pulls them all together and helps you better understand, work through and overcome your trauma. The book addresses some of the key signs and symptoms of trauma and PTSD including flashbacks, insomnia, etc and through worksheets, exercises, checklists and didactic information, you will feel better equipped in your journey.