The Body Remembers: The Psychophysiology of Trauma and Trauma Treatment / Edition 1

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Trauma and Loss: Research and Interventions
Babette Rothschild has produced a masterful book! This text should be required reading for all therapists, particularly those engaged in trauma work. . . . [A] clear pacesetter in integrating the physiological and psychological dimensions of emotions and the use of such knowledge in the therapeutic process. I hope this pioneer author continues her excellent work.
Scientific and Medical Network

This book breaks new ground in the understanding of trauma-related work . . . . Every therapist who reads this book is likely to find their work benefits from it. . . . [I]nvaluable for clinicians working with clients, researchers, students and the general public who want to understand the psychophysiology of trauma and knowing what to do about its manifestations.

Trauma and Loss: Research and Interventions

Babette Rothschild has produced a masterful book! This text should be required reading for all therapists, particularly those engaged in trauma work. . . . [A] clear pacesetter in integrating the physiological and psychological dimensions of emotions and the use of such knowledge in the therapeutic process. I hope this pioneer author continues her excellent work.

Scientific and Medical Network

This book breaks new ground in the understanding of trauma-related work . . . . Every therapist who reads this book is likely to find their work benefits from it. . . . [I]nvaluable for clinicians working with clients, researchers, students and the general public who want to understand the psychophysiology of trauma and knowing what to do about its manifestations.

Trauma and Loss: Research and Interventions

Babette Rothschild has produced a masterful book! This text should be required reading for all therapists, particularly those engaged in trauma work. . . . [A] clear pacesetter in integrating the physiological and psychological dimensions of emotions and the use of such knowledge in the therapeutic process. I hope this pioneer author continues her excellent work.

Booknews
The body appears to have an somatic memory of trauma experienced. A veteran Los Angeles psychotherapist summarizes scientific theories about stress responses, and offers case study-illustrated techniques for safely drawing on such memory as a therapeutic resource. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
From The Critics
The Body Remembers covers the psychophysiology of trauma and trauma treatment, providing new insights on physiology and psychological connections between trauma and memory. Scientific theory and clinical practice each are considered as Rothschild presents principles and techniques for understanding stress responses in both daily and long-term trauma situations.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393703276
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/2000
  • Series: Professional Book Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 101,205
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Babette Rothschild, MSW, LCSW, has been a practicing psychotherapist since 1976. Author of 8 Keys to Safe Trauma Recovery and the best-selling The Body Remembers, and member of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, she gives lectures and professional trainings around the world. She is the editor of Norton's 8 Keys to Mental Health Series. She lives in Los Angeles.

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Table of Contents

Part 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
Personal History
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2000

    Wonderful! Trauma theory in digestible bites!

    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.

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