The Trauma Tool Kit: Healing PTSD from the Inside Out [NOOK Book]


In 2010 the Department of Veterans Affairs cited 171,423 Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans diagnosed with PTSD, out of 593,634 total patients treated. That?s almost 30 percent; other statistics show 35 percent. Nor, of course, is PTSD limited to the military. In twenty years as a therapist, Susan Pease Banitt has treated trauma in patients ranging from autistic children to women with breast cancer; from underage sex slaves to adults incapacitated by early childhood abuse. Doctors she interviewed in New York ...
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In 2010 the Department of Veterans Affairs cited 171,423 Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans diagnosed with PTSD, out of 593,634 total patients treated. That’s almost 30 percent; other statistics show 35 percent. Nor, of course, is PTSD limited to the military. In twenty years as a therapist, Susan Pease Banitt has treated trauma in patients ranging from autistic children to women with breast cancer; from underage sex slaves to adults incapacitated by early childhood abuse. Doctors she interviewed in New York report that, even before 9/11, most of their patients had experienced such extreme stress that they had suffered physical and mental breakdowns. Those doctors agree with Pease Banitt that stress is the disease of our times. At the 2009 Evolution of Psychotherapy conference Jack Kornfield noted, “We need a trauma tool kit.” Here it is.

Most people, Pease Banitt says, experience trauma as a terminal blow to their deepest sense of self. Her techniques restore a sense of wholeness at the core level from which all healing springs. The uniqueness of her book lies in its diversity and accessibility. She assesses the values and limitations of traditional and alternative therapies and suggests methods that are universally available. Almost anybody can
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2013 Nautilus Silver Award Winner!

“In The Trauma Tool Kit Susan Pease Banitt concentrates on the physical, spiritual and esoteric dimensions of trauma usually ignored by our mainstream culture and healing practices. She presents universal dimensions of traumatic injury and recovery as they have been modeled in spiritual and holistic traditions for millennia as well as integrative methods practiced by holistic healers today. The Trauma Tool Kit is a readable, accessible, comprehensive, ‘user-friendly’ smorgasbord of healing ideas, information and practices that can help guide trauma survivors to wholeness. Susan Pease Banitt is consistently positive, encouraging and helpful as she guides readers in restoring healing and hope.” --Edward Tick, Ph.D., author, War and the Soul and The Practice of Dream Healing, Director, Soldier's Heart

The Trauma Tool Kit is a truly excellent book. Susan Pease Banitt combines her practical experience as a clinical social worker with her extensive knowledge of ancient and modern spirituality to create a fascinating guide to healing the often unrecognized symptoms of stress. Open this book at any page and you’ll find something to draw you in and keep you reading. It truly is a toolbox, packed full of useful information, not just for those suffering from PTSD, but for anyone interested in personal and spiritual growth.” — Ainslie MacLeod, author of The Instruction and The Transformation

The Trauma Tool Kit is an extremely important book in a very young field --the discipline of helping people heal from trauma using yoga therapeutics. Not only will it serve as the seminal work in this practice, it will remain an example of the highest quality, and at the
same time, a profoundly useful guide for front line therapists, case workers and trauma specialists. Tapping into deep clinical experience while at the same time bringing to contemporary audiences the profound details from the science of yoga, Susan Pease Banitt's The Trauma Tool Kit is professional, thorough, easy to read and totally practical. It will not live on people's shelves, but will be well read (and re-read) for many years to come.” — Mark Lilly, founder of Street Yoga

"The Trauma Tool Kit has the potential to unlock lifelong trauma and buried feelings, to empower both men and women to access the routemaps to their authentic selves. It's a blueprint for recovery, plain speaking but esoteric. Her style and own journey embody all that is good in east and west. An important book for our times." — Farah Damji, author of Try Me

"The Trauma Tool Kit: Healing PTSD From the Inside Out provides a fine tool kit key to helping people heal from trauma using yoga therapeutics, and is one of the few approaches to incorporate yoga techniques into trauma work. Any suffering from or working with PTSD will find this packed with ideas, from working with supplements and augmenting the healing process psychologically to spiritual considerations of the entire process. The result is an alternative tool kit perfect for PTSD sufferers and those working with them." — The Midwest Book Review, January 2013

"The Trauma Tool Kit: Healing PTSD From the Inside Out offers a fine guide to healing stress symptoms and offers a blend of yoga and trauma insights to draw connections between trauma and healing routines. It provides a synthesis of East/West thought as it approaches ideas for mending and healing the physical body and psyche, identifying safety issues common among traumatized individuals and discussing step-by-step yoga techniques tied to different facets of healing. This will find a place in health and new age collections alike, with its unified theory and examples of routines that can heal stress." --California Bookwatch, June 2013

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780835630412
  • Publisher: Quest Books
  • Publication date: 12/19/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 682,053
  • File size: 570 KB

Meet the Author

Susan Pease Banitt, LCSW is a Harvard-trained psychotherapist with over thirty years experience in mental health work. She has worked in a variety of settings with hundreds of diverse clients over the years, including: residential childcare, child abuse prevention, inpatient psychiatric hospitals, outpatient clinics, medical hospitals and private practice. Her clients have included individuals, couples and groups, including children as young as 3 years and adults into their 80s.

Since a very young age, Susan has been aware of her spiritual nature. After a Catholic upbringing, she spent her late twenties studying yoga and meditation and obtained her certification as a teacher of hatha yoga in her thirties. Over the years, Susan has come to see that traumatic stress and experiences are behind the vast majority of suffering in the mind and body.

Her gifts of empathy and intuition became fully engaged when she began formal work with a shaman in 2000. At the same time, she delved deeper into yogic philosophy through intensive study of Vedanta, ancient Indian spiritual wisdom. As a healed survivor who has taken a deep journey into early traumatic abuse, Susan acts as a compassionate guide for those struggling to free themselves from the effects of traumatic stress.

Because Susan has worked with so many gifted psychiatric and alternative practitioners, she has collected a large toolbox of interventions to offer clients and colleagues. Susan currently co-chairs the Mental Health Council for the National Association of Social Workers, Oregon chapter and sits on the board of Street Yoga, an organization that brings yoga techniques to disadvantaged youth in a variety of settings.
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Table of Contents

What to Do in Case of an Emergency xi

Preface xiii

Introduction: The User's Manual 1

Operating Instructions 4

Letting Go of "Should" 8

Disclaimer 9

Tips and Troubleshooting 10

Implementing Change 12

Tool 1 Road Map for Healing from Trauma 15

Trauma Shock 18

Rebooting 20

Acceptance 21

Feeling and Releasing 23

Integration 25

Restoration 26

Forgiveness 28

Tool 2 First Aid for Psychological Trauma and Shock 33

Grounding 33

Clearing 40

Restoring 46

Altering and Suppressing 52

Tool 3 The Treasure at the Core 59

The Deepest Wound 61

The Core beneath the Core 63

Spiritual Diversity 65

Finding Your Cosmology 68

Tool 4 A Yogic Model for Healing 73

The Infinite Monkey Theorem 74

Local versus Nonlocal Consciousness 76

The Rishis 78

The Adhara System 79

Tool 5 The Annamayakosha: Mending the Physical Body 91

Nutrition 93

Supplements 98

Medicinal Plant and Herbal Healing 101

Essential Oils 106

Naturopathic Medicine 109

Massage Therapy 113

Chiropractic Care 115

Eye Movement Desensitization Response 118

Psychiatric Medication 119

Biofeedback 123

Heat Therapies 126

Music 127

Unwinding the Body 129

Tool 6 The Pranamayakosha: Healing Your Energy Body 133

Chinese Medicine 136

Thought Field Therapy and Emotional Freedom Technique 144

Energy Healers 145

Crystals and Stones 147

Smudging 153

Homeopathy 155

Animal Therapies 159

Healing in Nature 161

Yoga 164

Blessing Food and Water 171

Tool 7 The Manomayakosha: Enlisting Your Thinking Mind 175

Counseling 177

Finding Safety 178

Mapping Triggers 182

Creating a Timeline 186

The "I Want" Exercise 188

Expressive Therapies 190

The Work of Byron Katie 191

Loving-Kindness Meditation (Metta) 194

Eckhart Tolle Now 196

Tool 8 The Jnanamayakosha: Mining the Wisdom Mind 199

Core Beliefs and Quantum Physics 201

Raising the Opposite Wave 204

Giving What We Need to Receive 206

Shamanic Practices 209

Past-Life Regression Therapy 219

Wisdom Teachings 222

Prayer and Mantra 223

Meditation 226

Tool 9 The Anandamayakosha: Ecstasy and the Bliss Body 233

Fishing 239

Dolphin Encounters 240

Extreme Sports 241

Collective Ecstasy 243

Ecstatic Dance 244

Nature 246

Darshan 247

Divine Inner Bliss 248

Tool 10 Embracing Wholeness: The Motivation to Heal 251

The Effects of Untreated Trauma 253

Why Should I Talk About It? The Risks and Benefits of Disclosing Trauma 260

A New Vision for Healing 266

Changing Your Own Outcome 270

Acknowledgments 273

Notes 275

Bibliography and Recommended Reading 281

Index 293

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  • Posted April 25, 2012

    As a physician I frequently, probably daily, see patients with P

    As a physician I frequently, probably daily, see patients with PTSD or with a trauma history. Some have suffered specific traumatic events as a child or as an adult, others have been traumatized by some aspect of their medical illness or condition. Many of these individuals do not have an ongoing relationship with a therapist, or even have a clear idea where to turn to for help. The Trauma Took Kit: Healing PTSD from the Inside Out is an excellent resource to which I will refer patients. Given the breadth of modalities covered, there is going to be 'something for everybody' in this book. I believe everyone who reads this book will gain helpful insights into their situation and know that healing is possible. The writing is clear and direct as well as engaging. I highly recommend this book for anyone who has suffered a traumatic event as well as family members and caregivers of those individuals.

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  • Posted January 22, 2013

    As I write this, I hesitate to give my full disclosure, [Full di

    As I write this, I hesitate to give my full disclosure, [Full disclosure: I work for Susan Pease Banitt] because I think some of you won't read my review, or will dismiss it. But I have read the book, and I do work for her, and I would not stay at a job I didn't in some way believe was for the sake of bettering the world.

    As I write this, our world is falling apart.

    Some reviews of The Trauma Tool Kit claim, "I know all this already." But a lot of us know this already. So then why does it seem no one is practicing it or heeding it? I'm guilty of this.

    It's easy to read through this book, or even pass by this book, and think: I don't have PTSD or I know that or That book's not for me. Or maybe we're deterred by the Self-Help section.

    And yet, that's where we are in the world—having to help ourselves.

    As I read the book, the revelation I had was twofold: First, I realized that I just might have suffered some trauma. I have been fortunate in the low degree of my trauma, but it has continued to affect me still to this day. And just taking that moment to think, and to look inside, has made a difference in how I see my past, how I live in the moment, and make plans for the future. It's this kind of meditation and thoughtfulness in our lives that should be able to keep us from the savage culture we are becoming—nay, have become. We live in a traumatic lifetime. I think back on the horrors of the recent past. Think about it. Think about the 20th century—that amazing time of innovation, progress, war. Do you think we do not still carry trauma? Every single one of us?

    Which leads me to my second revelation: We must all commit to fixing this now. The final tool in the toolkit, Embracing Wholeness, summarized everything I had been thinking while reading the book. Not only do people who have been diagnosed with PTSD need to find help—the rest of us need to help prioritize providing this help. PTSD needs to jump into the limelight, and not in the way it's been discussed in mainstream media; that is no help to anyone. The conversation needs to be changed, and it needs to be louder and it needs to be broader. We cannot continue to ignore what is becoming an epidemic. Because every time another of our young men or women is deployed into battle, every time another woman is beaten or raped, every time a young boy is molested—and when each of these atrocities is lied about, covered up, and hushed—our world suffers and surrenders.

    Look around us—soldiers who are supposed to be fighting for freedom are being tried for murder. And the people who send them there don't want anyone to talk about the PTSD they are diagnosed with.

    Women are being raped, and instead of finding the rapist, we are blaming the victim.

    Children are being shot in our schools. And the children who survived will suffer a great trauma.

    When our children see all of this happening, that merely perpetuates the problem.

    The media use PTSD as a way to get ratings, then turn around and use the most sensational and traumatic video from war and terror.

    Do we not see a cycle here? Do we not want to stop it?

    If you know all the things in this book already, then share it with someone who doesn't. When you read it, did any of it remind you of anybody? If you don't know what's in this book, read it and find out.

    Then use it. Use the tools Susan gives you. Use the tools you have.

    One of the greatest tools we have as human race is communication. Read this book—then talk about it.

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  • Posted May 10, 2012

    As a health lawyer, with training in both law and medicine, I fi

    As a health lawyer, with training in both law and medicine, I find this to be an excellent book. In life, traumatic stress knows no boundaries, and is an equal opportunity problem for all people. Susan Pease Banitt, LCSW has written a highly valuable and informative book for any professional or any person or family to gain a great deal of insight in to how traumatic stress can lead to serious life and health problems.

    Her book, The Trauma Tool Kit, Healing PTSD From The Inside Out, is a first rate book.

    It is easy to read, it outlines many key aspects of what "trauma" is and what "traumatic stress" is and how over time, serious chronic traumatic stress can lead to very serious health and mental health issues, including PTSD and many other serious mental health and medical problems. This book will help anyone who is seeking to learn more about “traumatic life events and chronic stress” and also learn more about why they feel the way they do, help them understand the subtle nature of some traumas, and that serious and also long term traumatic stress is a broad social problem that impacts perhaps 25% of families in America. This book points out that one does not just recover from chronic traumatic stress with a little time, nor does a person recover at any predictable rate. It can take a long time (sometimes years) for some very good people who have had to deal with traumatic stress to try to get back their old energy and zip.

    Susan Pease Banitt has outlined many helpful and proactive suggestions that will be of great value to many people. She opens up many options that trauma victims and burned out chronically stressed people may use. She offers a broad approach of potentially valuable options. She has both solid mainstream medical suggestions, is clear about the valuable role of mental health professionals, and takes trauma and it often life threatening and serious consequences very seriously. She also has a great way to include many formerly called “alternative medicine” approaches that are now considered part of the “complementary medicine” area. She is a big fan of yoga. Yet, her book is a broad based book and covers the area of trauma in a very wide open and broad manner.

    Anyone who is caregiving for an aging parent with dementia, or a parent with a serious age related illnesses, and anyone who has had any form of traumatic experiences can gain a great deal from this fine book. The book is “an ideal first book” for people who want to learn more about trauma, PTSD and chronic and cumulative effects of long term emotional traumas and other forms of trauma in life. I give this book an "A+++" rating and think it will be an enduring classic. The book is “affirming” and will resonate with many readers who have had to endure chronic stress and traumatic stress of any kind.

    This is a critical and important positive book for family members, both family of origin and also extend family and friends, who often do their best to help friends who are caught in positions of being advocates for aging parents, family members who are dealing with major traumas in life, and more. Few people in a family system either understand, or seek to truly understand, what many traumatized individuals or adult children of sick elderly parents go through. The same is true for family members who are geographically distant and who can only make occasional visits.

    I can’t wait for her next book and her website updates!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2013

    This woman has no experience that is useful in healing those suf

    This woman has no experience that is useful in healing those suffering from PTSD. She is all theory, and no practice. 

    Absolutely worthless.

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