For both clinicians and their clients there is tremendous value in understanding the psychophysiology of trauma and knowing what to do about its manifestations.
This book illuminates that physiology, shining a bright light on the impact of trauma on the body and the phenomenon of somatic memory.
It is now thought that people who have been traumatized hold an implicit memory of traumatic events in their brains and bodies. That memory is often expressed in the symptomatology of posttraumatic stress disorder-nightmares, flashbacks, startle responses, and dissociative behaviors. In essence, the body of the traumatized individual refuses to be ignored.
While reducing the chasm between scientific theory and clinical practice and bridging the gap between talk therapy and body therapy, Rothschild presents principles and non-touch techniques for giving the body its due. With an eye to its relevance for clinicians, she consolidates current knowledge about the psychobiology of the stress response both in normally challenging situations and during extreme and prolonged trauma. This gives clinicians from all disciplines a foundation for speculating about the origins of their clients' symptoms and incorporating regard for the body into their practice. The somatic techniques are chosen with an eye to making trauma therapy safer while increasing mind-body integration.
Packed with engaging case studies, The Body Remembers integrates body and mind in the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder. It will appeal to clinicians, researchers, students, and general readers.
About the Author
Babette Rothschild, MSW, has been a practitioner since 1976 and a teacher and trainer since 1992. She is a bestselling author of six books, all published by WW Norton and translated into more than a dozen languages. She is also the creator and Series Editor of the 8 Keys to Mental Health Series. After living and working for 9 years in Copenhagen, Denmark she returned to her native Los Angeles where she is writing her next books while she continues to lecture, train, consult, and supervise professional psychotherapists of all sorts worldwide.
Table of ContentsPart I: Theory
1. Overview of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): The Impact of Trauma on Body and Mind
2. Development, Memory, and the Brain
3. The Body Remembers: Understanding Somatic Memory
4. Expressions of Trauma Not Yet Remembered: Dissociation and Flashbacks
Part II: Practice
5. First, Do No Harm
6. The Body As Resource
7. Additional Somatic Techniques for Safer Trauma Therapy
8. Somatic Memory Becomes
What People are Saying About This
"While mental health sciences continue to make important discoveries on the psychophysiology of psychological trauma, there are hardly any works that discuss the implications of those findings for the treatment of trauma survivors. In The Body Remembers, Babette Rothschild beautifully succeeds in bridging this gap. She not only provides a clear window on this very important subject, but also presents a highly practical integration of the psychophysiology of trauma and the ways in which clinicians may assist trauma survivors to resolve the effects of overwhelming experience on mind and body. She presents many fine, brief vignettes, and clearly demonstrates the extra value of treatment interventions at the sensorimotor level."
Onno van der Hart, Ph.D. Professor in the Department of Clinical Psychology Utrecht University, The Netherlands
The new paradigm in traumatology is the incorporation of theories built upon recent findings in neurobiology. After reviewing these findings, Rothschild introduces a thorough approach to helping the traumatized. A tribute to van der Kolk's view of the 'body keeps the score,' this book is the first to combine with consistency theory, research, and practice in enabling the traumatized to have hope, recover their balance, and avoid medical maladies resulting from chronic traumatic stress."
Charles R. Figley, Ph.D. Director and Professor Florida State University Traumatology Institute
"This book fulfills its major goal - to build a bridge between the practice of traditional verbal trauma therapy and body-oriented therapies. It demonstrates how the body is a resource in the treatment of PTSD. This text does an admirable job of combining the theory of how the mind and body process, record, and remember traumatic events (presented in an easily understandable format) with practice strategies to help both body and mind. As Rothschild notes, PTSD is a 'disorder of memory gone awry' that must be treated phenomenologically in a boundaried, anchored, safe internal and external setting to unite implicit and explicit memories. This book is a 'must' for the professional's library!"
Mary Beth Williams, Ph.D., LCSW, CTS Past President, Association for Traumatic Stress Specialists
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I recently read Babette Rothschild's new book 'The Body Remembers: The Psychophysiology of Trauma and Trauma Treatment.' In this book Ms. Rothschild does a wonderful job of explaining complex psychobiological processes in easy to understand, digestible bites. This book provides a solid theoretical framework for the close relationship between psychobiology, implicit and explicit memory storage and retrieval, and trauma processing. Ms. Rothschild's book also thoroughly explains the importance of 'body memories' in trauma processing and discusses many ways in which to help clients both elicit and integrate dysfunctionally stored cellular memories. By providing a concise, understandable and useful overview of trauma theory, this book serves to help close the learning gap between theory and application. In fact, I have recommended that this book be used as one of the texts for clinical theory classes in the graduate program where I am privileged to teach. I also believe this book would be very helpful to trauma clinicians in general. No matter the general theoretical foundation of the clinician (ie: psychoanalytic, CBT, etc.) this book provides valuable information that informs trauma practice. In addition, Ms. Rothschild offers many graphics, charts, case studies, and exercises that could be very helpful in explaining the 'trauma response' and trauma therapy to clients, families, students, supervisors, and policy makers. As by now you have no doubt guessed - I highly recommend this book.
I 've just read a few chapters and already I've felt much more resourceful in my practice . this book has inspired me with simple and profound techniques and principles which are soundly rooted in theory, and tried and tested. They will fit best into a focusing or process- experiential approach to person centred work, as they require some process direction by therapist. yet firmly rooted in clients own bodily experiencing process and deeply empowering.
A very accessible and comprehensive review of the body-psychology of trauma.