Suggested book list:

  • The Writing Cure;  edited by Lepore and Smyth from Syracuse University.
  • Bird by Bird, Annie Lamont
  • Writing to Heal, James Pennebaker
  • Writing Down the Bones, Natalie Goldberg
  • Old Friend from Far Away, Natalie Goldberg
  • Writing Cures, edited by Gillie Bolton, Stephanie Howlett, Colin Lago and Jeannie Wright
  • The Write-Your-Life-Whole Pamphlet, Andrea Steffens

Other books we suggest: 

brain science: You Are the Placebo by Joe Dispenza;Breaking the habit of Being Yourself by J. Dispenza; Epigenetics, Richard Francis.


  • What it's Like To Go To War, Karl Marlantes
  • The Yellow Birds, Kevin Powers
  • War and the Soul, Ed Tick
  • Brief Therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress, Lori and Stephen Bisbey
  • Creation Myths, Von Franz
  • Close to the Bone: life threatening illness as a Soul Journey, Jean Bolen, MD
  • Narrative Exposure Therapy, Schauer, Neuner, Elbert
    • uses art processes and opens possibility for improvisation
  • Collective Narrative Practice, D. Denborough
  •  Biology of Belief by Bruce Lipton, Ph.D.
  • EFT, Gary Craig
  • Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation, Ray Smith, PhD.  Researchers are questioning efficacy -- do your own research on this one. 
    • this is a small machine that has been successfully used to treat depression and anxiety since WWII veterans suffering from "shell shock" used it.  Research it and if you are interested in buying one you can contact us and we will put you in touch with someone who sells them inexpensively. (This is not a product we sell)
  • Films we suggest -- Pray The Devil Back to Hell, The Life of Pi (what PTSD can look like), Skin, (please send your suggestions -- we feel film can be one of the best teachers we have.) Skin; Girl Rising.
  • Breath2Relax app
  • Healing Invisible Wounds, Richard Mollica
  • Parenting from the Inside Out, Dan Siegel and Mary Hartzell
  • When Things Fall Apart, Pema Chodron
  • Buddha's Brain, Rick Hansen with Richard Mendius
  • Overcoming Trauma Through Yoga, David Emerson and Elizabeth Hopper
  • In An Unspoken Voice, Peter Levine.
  • The Inner World of Trauma: archetypal defenses of the personal spirit, Donald Kalsched. 
  • Miscellaneous:The Sky Wept Fire by Chechen Freedom Fighter, Mikail Eldin; Miral by Rula Jebreal;The Angel of History by Carolyn Forche; A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini; Mountains Beyond Mountains (biography of Paul Farmer) by Tracy Kidder;On Killing by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman -- the cost of learning to kill in war and society;The War Isn't Over When it's Over, women living in the ruins of war, Ann Jones; They Were Soldiers - how the wounded return from America's wars -- the untold story by Ann Jones; non-fiction: Qi Gong for Beginners, a six minute, 8 movement daily practice for health by Stan Wilson -- highly recommended; Loving Kindness by Sharon Salzberg;Emotional Awareness by the Dalai Lama; Creativity by Mathew Fox and Original Blessings by Mathew Fox. 
  • Rites and Symbols of Initiation: mysteries of birth and rebirth, Mircea Eliade --
    • all books by this historian of religion are very useful in understanding the human responses to life events -- including trauma and the deliberate use of traumatizing initiates in rites of passage, this man is a wizardly scholar and in danger of being lost to the contemporary student -- he wrote beginning in the mid century, past. His work is timeless and moves us away from the limits of cultural interpretations and into understanding the depths of our humanity. As we understand our collective past, we begin to see that many of the interventions we think we create actually emerge from a timeless place and are human responses expressed in different cultural contexts. We begin to see that our cultural responses as varied as they are, actually spring from the same source that has existed since we human beings invented ourselves. The human body and the human psyche evolved at the same time.
    • This list will change and morph as we go along so check back occasionally. Some of the books are old but we believe in letting the ancestors speak, especially when what they have to say is still very relevant.


Resources: Toxic Stress

Neuroscientist Michael Merzenich has designed a computer program to reorganize brain function and is showing promising results with PTSD and schizophrenia. His work is cited in The Brain that Changes Itself by Norman Doidge.

Trauma Resolution Center (TRC) is a model of holistic trauma resolution services and was founded by Teresa Descilo in 1995 at the request of the Florida State Attorney's Office.

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