Healing Trauma: Attachment, Mind, Body and Brain

by Daniel J. Siegel M. D. (Editor)

Other authorsMarion Solomon Ph.D. (Editor)
Hardcover, 2003



"Healing Trauma" provides readers with a broad, but detailed, framework in which to understand, evaluate, and treat trauma in the context of recent neurobiological understanding about trauma and traumatic attachments. In this book, Daniel Siegel and Marion Solomon have gathered together the work of the foremost researchs, clinicians, and theoreticians working within this new paradigm of trauma treatment to present a comprehensive discussion of truama and healing, one that involves biological, developmental, and social components.

Each of the eight chapters in this book provides up-to-date information on the research, clinical practice, and theory of trauma. The first four chapters form a conceptual unit with a focus on the developmental origins of the factors that have been determined to place individuals at risk for suffering long-term sequalae of trauma. Beginning with Daniel Siegel's chapter describing the implications of interpersonal neurobiology for developmental theory, these chapters pay particular attention to the attachment relationship and propose how the nature of that critical bond forms the basis for resilience or vulnerability. In this vein, Erik Hesse, Mary Main, Kelley Yost Abrams, and Anne Rifkin explore the "second generation" effects of trauma while Allan Schore considerst the connection between early relatinoal trauma in children and the formation of disorganized attachments. Bessel van der Kolk's chapter considering the current implications of research and theory of PTSD concludes this conceptual unit.

The second four chapters draw upon the resources from developmental research and theory outlined in Chapters 1 through 4, and go on to consider various and complementary approaches to treatment. Francine Shapiro and Lousie Masxfield develop the effective EMDR model of treatment with suboptimal attachment relations. In subsequent chapters, Diana Fosha outlines and provides rich case examples of accelerated experiential-dynamic psychoterapy (AEDP) and Robert Neborsky describes his work with short-term intensive dynamic psychotherapy in which defense mechanisms (often arising from suboptimal attachment) are revealed and reprocessed. Marion Solomon provides the final chapter in which she exhibits a model for couples therapy premised on the repair of disrupted attachment relations at both a neurobiological and social level.

Emerging from the integration of developmental, neurobiological, and social perspectives, "Healing Trauma" provides a collection of essays that will be accessible and valuable to a wide variety of practioners in the medical and psychological healing professions.


W. W. Norton & Company (2003), Edition: 1, 384 pages


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384 p.; 6.6 inches


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