Trauma Healing

These materials have been suggested by SoulCollage® Facilitators as applicable to the use of SoulCollage® in this field.

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Allen, J. (1995). Coping with Trauma: A Guide to Self-Understanding,  American Psychiatric Press.
A "plain English" comprehensive, up-to-date account of professional knowledge about trauma. This excellent volume includes sections describing the nature of trauma, its variety of biological, psychological, and relational effects and treatment.
Bass, E. & Davis, L. (1988). The Courage to Heal. New York: Harper & Row, Publishers.
Basic text and consciousness-raising about childhood sexual abuse trauma and ways to work with healing those wounds.

Bolen, J.S. (1985). Goddesses in Every Woman: Powerful Archetypes in Women's Lives. New York, Harper and Row.
           Describes the god and goddess archetypes from the Greek tradition.

Therapeutic techniques for use by licensed therapists which are complementary to Holotropic Breathwork experience. Particularly useful for trauma victims who are women.
Bradshaw, J. (1988, 2005). Healing the Shame that Binds You (Recovery Classics) Deerfield Beach, FL: Health Communications, Inc.
Unmasks the dynamics of shame in the family system.
Bragdon, E. (1988, 2006). A Sourcebook for Helping People with Spiritual Problems. Los Altos, CA: Lightening Up Press.
A guide for caregivers in spiritual emergency.
Bryant, D., Kessler, J., Sirar, L. (1988). The Family Inside: Working With the Multiple. W.W. Norton.
Therapists and client co-write their experience in working with multiplicity.
Campbell, J. (1970.) The Hero with a Thousand Faces (The Collected Works of Joseph Campbell). World Publishing.
Written for survivors, friend, and families by a professional writer who is neither a survivor nor a trauma therapist, this volume confronts cruelty, controversy, and healing in an accessible manner.
Coppo P. (2005). " Ethnopsychiatry of Depression," Ethnotherapie und Kulturen, Imago, Bolzano, pp 39 – 54.
Coppo P. (1984). "Syndrômes depressifs et retard mental dans une communauté rurale africaine: enquête épidémiologique," Psychologie Médicale.  16: 1273-1276.
This book was written by the co-creator of Somatics at CIIS and The Healing Center for Survivors of Political Torture. Scarred in her early life by psychomedical interventions in the name of science, Eckberg later worked with trauma victims in Central America. Her work points to the need to choose from a growing repertoire of possibilities addressing traumatic shock today.
Gil, E. (1988). Treatment of Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse . Launch Press.
Thousands of children have survived childhood abuse and faced a myriad of emotional and psychological problems as adults.. This book discusses treatment of adult survivors, including partial transcripts of actual therapy sessions.
The first half of this excellent introduction to trauma describes and explains the under-lying psychological commonalties among such different forms of violence as incest, domestic violence, combat, and political terrorism. The second half outlines the author's relational approach to treatment and healing.
Ingerman, S. (2006). Soul Retrieval: Mending the Fragmented Self San Francisco: HarperCollins.
Description of this shamanic technique to connect lost parts of ourselves through shamanic trance.
Janoff-Bulman, R. (1992, 2002). Shattered Assumptions (Towards a New Psychology of Trauma) The Free Press.
This book highlights the ways in which trauma disrupts an individual's basic beliefs about the world and how such disrupted beliefs undermine emotional and spiritual health and the ability
to function.
McLaren, K. (1997). Rebuilding the Garden: Healing the Spiritual Wounds of Childhood Sexual Assault Columbia, CA: Laughing Tree Press
This book on sexual abuse is uniquely sensitive to the spiritual issues involved with this type of trauma.
A powerful indictment of the societal roots of child victimization; debunks Freud’s theory of “infantile sexuality,” and shows how to heal the wounds.


Description and treatment of the underlying developmental and psychological commonalties of both obvious and more subtle forms of self injury, including self mutilation, compulsive cosmetic surgeries, and eating disorders. The author's approach to treatment and healing are outlined, also.
Based on research, in-depth interviews with survivors, and her own experience as a survivor of ritual abuse, the author demystifies ritual abuse cults and their methods and offers healing strategies.
In a memoir that began as a suicide note, the author describes her day-to-day struggles with multiple personalities and her years of therapy with a psychologist who helped her piece together her past.
A brave and unique disclosure of a psychotherapist’s experience working with a severely traumatized 5 year old and her personal breakdown as a result of being failed by her own therapist in her trauma recovery work.
Ross, C.A. (1995). Satanic Ritual Abuse: Principles of Treatment. University of Toronto Press.
Since the publication of Colin A. Ross's influential work Multiple Personality Disorder in 1989, this challenging field has evolved rapidly--with new thinking, new research, and a new name: dissociative identity disorder (DID). Keeping pace with these developments, this retitled Second Edition has been skillfully revised and expanded to offer a comprehensive, detailed, and fully up-to-date grounding in the history, diagnosis, and treatment of DID.
Saakvitne, K. and Pearlman, L. (1996). Transforming the Pain: A Workbook on Vicarious Traumatization. W.W. Norton & Co.
A concise volume that explains how and why professionals may be affected by their work with trauma survivors and what they can do about it. Contains self-assessment worksheets, guidelines, and specific exercises for addressing and transforming vicarious traumatization.
Sachlun, D.K. & Devine, S.E. (1992). Out of Darkness: Exploring Satanism and Ritual Abuse. NY: Lexington Books.
Therapeutic, legal, and historical issues surrounding ritual abuse.
A psychotherapist offers sufferers of childhood abuse the key to total psychological recovery, presenting in-depth interviews with twenty former victims and examining issues of self-image, body image, intimacy, and spirituality.
Smith, M. (1993). Ritual Abuse: What It Is, Why It Happens, How to Help. Harper SanFrancisco.
A ritual abuse survivor and woman diagnosed with Multiple Personality Disorder speaks of how to recognize understand and heal from the most terrifying and underestimated form of child abuse.

Nijenhuis, E.; Van der Hart, O. & Steele, K. (2004). Trauma-related structural dissociation of the personality. Trauma Information Pages website, January 2004.

  Steele, K; Van der Hart, O. & Nijenhuis, E. Dependency in the treatment of complex posttraumatic stress disorder and dissociative disorders. Journal of trauma and dissociation. 2(4), 79-116.

Taylor, K. [Ed.] (2003.) Exploring Holotropic Breathwork: Selected Articles from a Decade of The Inner Door. Santa Cruz, CA: Hanford Mead Publishers, Inc.

Taylor, K. (1995). The Ethics of Caring: Honoring the Web of Life in Our Professional Healing Relationships. Santa Cruz, CA: Hanford Mead Publishers.
A self-reflection model for use by volunteer and professional caregivers who want to sort out confusing ethical dilemmas when working with clients in intense and profound states. Foreword by Jack Kornfield.
Taylor, K. (1994). The Breathwork Experience: Exploration and Healing in Nonordinary States of Consciousness. Santa Cruz, CA: Hanford Mead Publishers.
Describes experiences of trauma recovery work in profound states of consciousness using Holotropic Breathwork.
  Taylor, K. (2001). "The practice of sitting in Holotropic Breathwork." The Healing Breath Journal.
Van der Kolk, B. (2014). The Body Keeps the Score: Memory and the Evolving Psychobiology of Post-Traumatic Stress.
A 600 page text on aspects of trauma.
Psychologist's account of his surprising discovery of his own multiplicity, and his own and his family's healing journey.
Woodson, G. (1998). The Ultimate Challenge: A Revolutionary, Sane, and Sensible Response to Ritualistic and Cult-Related Abuse. Action Resources International.



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Resources to persons suffering from PTSD, including how to choose a therapist.
Furthers the understanding of psychological trauma and its consequences by providing educational services, research, and clinical treatment of trauma based disorders.