My copy of the new book arrived today. Here is what Diana Fosha says about it:
"This is a thorough, accessible, and very practical book, filled with resources and sound ideas, filtered through the intelligence and experience of a savvy, compassionate, down-to-earth, and very experienced clinician. It is like a travel guide to the land of trauma and trauma treatment: if you are new to it, it will orient you to all there is to do and see; if you're a frequent traveler, it is a worthwhile reminder of all that is out there, above and beyond the familiar places you always visit. Once could ask for a better guide. I highly recommend it."
I explain trauma, complex trauma, dissociation and how to assess them and prepare for treatment, and all the kinds of treatment that I know about from the main-stream to the obscure. I talk about working with military, sexually-abused, and relationally traumatized people, and how to take care of yourself while doing the work.
Some of my heroes comment on it. Dan Siegel wrote the introduction, despite my lack of research. Diana Fosha, Stephen Porges, Kathy Steele, and Onno van der Hart wrote very nice blurbs on the back. I'm humbled by their support.
This is the first book written completely by me. I'm amazed to be responsible for synthesizing so many people's therapies in one book. The design is great, and the photos, by Doug Plummer (my beloved) are gorgeous.
I just wanted to say congratulations on the book and how glad I am that you wrote it. In my experience with other people in therapy, there are a lot of therapist out there who could use more information on dealing with trauma clients. From reading your blog, I can’t think of a better person to get that information from (OK, with the possible exception of my own therapist :) ). I was also VERY impressed by the people who provided your blurbs. Enjoy your accomplishment!
Can traumatic mother transfer the trauma she is experiencing? I read your article and I am convince that it is appropriate to ask this because you are somehow an authority. Please respond.
A traumatized parent can absolutely transfer her anxiety, her sense of the world as dangerous, and other parts of her traumatized experience to her children.
Good Book with a broad discussion on the various treatment options. A great starting point.