Recommended Books

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I Love a Man in Uniform: A Memoir of Love, War, and Other Battles

Lily Burana
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What My Bones Know: A Memoir of Healing from Complex Trauma

Stephanie Foo
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Awakening Loving-Kindness

Pema Chödrön
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Complex PTSD: From Surviving to Thriving: A Guide and Map for Recovering from Childhood Trauma

Pete Walker
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The Complex PTSD Workbook: A Mind-Body Approach to Regaining Emotional Control and Becoming Whole

Arielle Schwartz, PhD
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Coping with Trauma-Related Dissociation: Skills Training for Patients and Therapists

Suzette Booth, Kathy Steele and Onno van der Hart, PhD
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The Curious Voyage: A Rule-Breaking Guidebook to Authenticity

Cynthia Schwartzberg, LCSW 
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Getting Past Your Past: Take Control of Your Life with Self-Help Techniques from EMDR Therapy

Francine Shapiro, PhD
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The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook: A Proven Way to Accept Yourself, Build Inner Strength, and Thrive

Kristin Neff, PhD and Christopher Germer, PhD
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Recovery from Narcissistic Abuse, Gaslighting, Codependency and Complex PTSD

Linda Hill
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Self-Directed DBT Skills: A 3-Month DBT Workbook to Regulate Intense Emotions and Create Lasting Change with Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Kiki Fehling, PhD and Elliot Weiner, PhD
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Take Back Your Life: Recovering from Cults and Abusive Relationships

Janja Lalich, PhD, and Madeleine Tobias
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Tapping In: A Step-by-Step Guide to Activating Your Healing Resources Through Bilateral Stimulation

Laurel Parnell, PhD
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Trauma Recovery Handbook for Survivors

Rachel Walker, LMFT
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The Trauma Toolkit: Healing trauma from the inside out

Susan Pease Banitt, LCSW
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Waking The Tiger: Healing Trauma

Peter A. Levine, PhD with Ann Frederick (Contributor)
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What Happened to You?: Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing

Oprah Winfrey and Bruce D. Perry, MD, PhD
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Systemic and Intergenerational Trauma

It Didn’t Start with You: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are And How to End the Cycle

Mark Wolynn
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My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Broken Hearts and Bodies

Resmaa Menakem, MSW, LICSW, SEP
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The Pain We Carry: Healing from Complex PTSD for People of Color

Natalie Y. Gutiérrez, LMFT with Foreword by Jennifer Mullan, PsyD
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Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome: One Woman’s Desperate, Funny, and Healing Journey to Explore 30 Religions by Her 30th Birthday

Reba Riley
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Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing (PTSS)

Dr. Joy DeGruy
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So You Want to Talk About Race

Ijeoma Oluo
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Trauma & Recovery

For Children/Parenting

Angry Octopus: Children Learn How to Control Anger, Reduce Stress and Fall Asleep Faster

Lori Lite, Illustrated by Max Stasuyk
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How Are You Feeling Today Baby Bear?: Exploring Big Feelings After Living in a Stormy Home

Jane Evans, Illustrated by Lawrence Johnson
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When Love Is Not Enough: A Guide to Parenting with RAD-Reactive Attachment Disorder

Nancy L. Thomas
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The Whole-Brained Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind

Daniel J. Siegel, MD, and Tina Payne Bryson, PhD
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For Family and Support Systems

You Can Help: A Guide for Family & Friends of Survivors of Sexual Abuse and Assault

Rebecca Street
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Afraid: Understanding the Purpose of Fear and Harnessing the Power of Anxiety

Arash Javanbakht, MD
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The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science

Norman Doidge, MD
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The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

Bessel van der Kolk, MD
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The Body Never Lies: The Lingering Effects of Hurtful Parenting

Alice Miller, PhD
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Dissociation Made Simple: A Stigma-Free Guide to Embracing Your Dissociative Mind and Navigating Daily Life

Jamie Marich, PhD
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In An Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness

Peter A. Levine, PhD
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Trauma and Recovery

Judith Herman, MD
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Trauma and the Body: A Sensorimotor Approach to Psychotherapy

Pat Ogden, Kekuni Minton, Clare Pain, Forewords by Daniel J. Siegel, MD and Bessel Van der Kolk, MD
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The Trauma Spectrum: Hidden wounds and human resiliency

Robert Scaer, Foreword by Peter A. Levine, PhD
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Trauma Made Simple: Competencies in Assessment, Treatment and Working with Survivors

Jamie Marich, PhD
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The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Trauma and Adversity

Nadine Burke Harris, MD
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The Myth of Normal: Trauma, Illness, and Healing in a Toxic Culture

Gabor Maté, MD with Daniel Maté
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Treatment Modalities & Supports

Brainspotting: The Revolutionary New Therapy for Rapid and Effective Change

David Grand, PhD
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EMDR: The Breakthrough “Eye Movement” Therapy for Overcoming Anxiety, Stress, and Trauma

Francine Shapiro, PhD & Margot Silk Forrest
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Every Memory Deserves Respect: EMDR, the Proven Trauma Therapy with the Power to Heal

Michael Baldwin and Deborah Korn, PsyD
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No Bad Parts: Healing Trauma and Restoring Wholeness with the Internal Family Systems Model 

Richard C. Schwartz, PhD with Foreword by Alanis Morissette
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Transforming Trauma with Jiu-Jitsu: A Guide for Survivors, Therapists, and Jiu-Jitsu Practitioners to Facilitate Embodied Recovery

Jamie Marich, PhD and Anna Pirkl, LMFT
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Dancing Mindfulness: A Creative Path to Healing and Transformation

Jamie Marich, PhD, LPCC-S
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Overcoming Trauma through Yoga: Reclaiming Your Body

David Emerson and Elizabeth Hopper, PhD
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Substance Use Disorders and Addictions

Healing the Shame that Binds You

John Bradshaw
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In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction

Gabor Maté, MD with Foreword by Peter A. Levine PhD
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Trauma and the 12 Steps, Revised and Expanded: An Inclusive Guide to Enhancing Recovery

Jamie Marich, PhD
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Abusive Relationships and Survivors

The Betrayal Bond: Breaking Free of Exploitive Relationships

Patrick J. Carnes, PhD
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The Drama of the Gifted Child: The Search for the True Self, Revised Edition

Alice Miller, PhD
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Why Does He Do That?: Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men (Free PDF)

Lundy Bancroft, PhD
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