For us all, waymaking along the path of healing requires guides. We need resources as we make our way to discovering who we authentically are and beginning to connect with ourselves, others, nature and the wider world.
I hope these resources assist you in your search for your authentic self and that you’ll reach out if ever I can help.
A renowned speaker, and bestselling author, Dr. Gabor Maté is highly sought after for his expertise on a range of topics including addiction, stress and childhood development.
In The Myth of Normal, renowned physician Gabor Maté eloquently dissects how Western countries that pride themselves on their healthcare systems are actually seeing an upsurge in chronic illness and general ill health.
In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts explores addiction as a symptom of distress, from the pain of individual trauma and family history to the spiritual emptiness pervading our entire society.
When the Body Says No is a passionately argued thesis that stress has a major role in the onset of most chronic diseases. It combines the latest findings of modern science with the poignant and compelling stories of many patients.
Scattered Minds: A New Look at the Origins and Healing of Attention Disorder offers a groundbreaking and optimistic perspective on this much-misunderstood condition, seeing it not as a disease but as a problem of brain development.
Janina Fisher, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and a former instructor, Harvard Medical School. An international expert on the treatment of trauma, she is an Advisory Board member of the Trauma Research Foundation
Dr. Janina Fisher, international expert on trauma, has spent over 40 years working with survivors, helping them to navigate the healing journey. In Transforming the Living Legacy of Trauma, she shows how the legacy of symptoms helped them survive and offers step-by-step strategies that can be used on their own or in collaboration with a therapist.
Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors integrates a neurobiologically informed understanding of trauma, dissociation, and attachment with a practical approach to treatment, all communicated in straightforward language.
The body’s intelligence is largely an untapped resource in psychotherapy, yet the story told by the “somatic narrative” is arguably more significant than the story told by the words. Written for therapists and clients to explore together in therapy, this book is a practical guide to the language of the body.
Internal Family Systems Therapy brings curiosity and open engagement to help our ego relax, allowing those parts of our personality we have buried to arise, freeing memories, emotions and associated beliefs. Here are a few of my favorite authors and books discussing this powerful form of healing:
No Bad Parts
by Richard Schwartz
Dr. Schwartz’s Internal Family Systems (IFS) model has been transforming psychology for decades. With No Bad Parts, you’ll learn why IFS has been so effective in areas such as trauma recovery, addiction therapy, and depression treatment―and how this new understanding of consciousness has the potential to radically change our lives.
Internal Family Systems Therapy
by Richard Schwartz & Martha Sweezy
Internal Family Systems originator Richard Schwartz and master clinician Martha Sweezy explain core concepts and provide practical guidelines for implementing IFS with clients who are struggling with trauma, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, addiction, and other behavioral problems.
by Jay Earley
Self-Therapy will help you understand your psyche in a clear and comprehensive way and resolve deep-seated emotional issues. Self-Therapy makes the power of a cutting-edge psychotherapy approach accessible to everyone. Dr. Earley shows how IFS is a complete method for psychological healing that you can use on your own.
Somatic therapy is a form of body-centered therapy that looks at the connection of mind and body and uses both psychotherapy and physical therapies for holistic healing. It's an incredibly powerful tool for healing that goes beyond talk therapy to work with the whole body. These are a few of my favorite books on somatic healing:
Trauma-Proofing Your Kids sends a lifeline to parents who wonder how they can help their worried and troubled children now. It offers simple but powerful tools to keep children safe from danger and to help them “bounce back” after feeling scared and overwhelmed. No longer will kids have to be passive prey to predators or the innocent victims of life’s circumstances.
The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma
By Bessel Van Der Kolk
Dr. Van Der Kolk uses recent scientific advances to show how trauma literally reshapes both body and brain, compromising sufferers’ capacities for pleasure, engagement, self-control, and trust. He explores innovative treatments—from neurofeedback and meditation to sports, drama, and yoga—that offer new paths to recovery by activating the brain’s natural neuroplasticity.
"Trauma is a fact of life," teaches Peter Levine, "but it doesn't have to be a life sentence." Now, with one fully integrated self-healing tool, he shares his essential methods to address unexplained symptoms of trauma at their source―the body―to return us to the natural state in which we are meant to live