Learn how to understand and heal from trauma.
This page includes a summit, books, courses and other material based on neuroscience research, body-based therapies, mindfulness and meditation, and other therapy approaches.
The Healing Trauma Summit
Host Sounds True summarizes:
“Explore the most effective new and proven approaches to healing and growing in the wake of trauma.
“Whether you’re a therapist, supporting a loved one, or in the recovery process yourself — join us in our Healing Trauma Summit to learn evidence-based techniques that you can immediately put into practice.”
24 Online Training Sessions on Advances in Neuroscience, Attachment Therapy, Spiritual Psychology, and Embodied Approaches to Heal & Transform Trauma
The HEALING TRAUMA SUMMIT was online from June 4-13, 2018.
Recordings are now available.
“New research spanning neuroscience, body-based therapies, yoga, mindfulness and meditation, traditional shamanic healing, EMDR, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), generational and cultural recovery paradigms, and more.
“Inspiring stories from survivors and luminaries of community and cultural healing.
“Guided practices and examples included in many sessions co-hosted by a 30-year veteran of healing trauma, Jeffrey Rutstein, PsyD.”
Some of the presenters:
Topics include :
Peter Levine – Somatic Experiencing: Healing Trauma Through the Wisdom of the Body
Judith Blackstone – The Realization Process: Trauma and the Unbound Body
Gabor Maté – Never Too Late: Addressing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Trauma
Zainab Salbi – The War Within: Rediscovering Ourselves in the Wake of Trauma
Mark Epstein – The Trauma of Everyday Life
Richard C. Miller – Healing in Wholeness
See the full list and order recordings at:
The Healing Trauma Online Course
Tapping into Your Innate Ability to Heal
by Peter A. Levine. PhD
A Step-by-Step Program for Restoring the Wisdom of the Body
“The result is that we often store the energy of trauma in the body leading to unexplained physical problems, emotional issues, and psychological blockages.
“Dr. Peter A. Levine’s breakthrough techniques have helped thousands of trauma survivors tap into their innate ability to heal—from combat veterans and auto accident victims, to people suffering from chronic pain, and even infants after a traumatic birth.
“With Healing Trauma, this renowned biophysicist, therapist, and teacher shares an empowering online training course for restoring a harmonious balance to your body and mind.
“Including more than seven hours of expert guidance, plus Dr. Levine’s answers to questions submitted by past participants, this comprehensive course will help you understand how you can release unresolved traumas and live more fully.”
Learn more and order the course:
Healing emotional trauma through creativity and therapy
Psychotherapist Mihaela Ivan Holtz helps creative people in TV/Film, performing and fine arts with “life struggles, depression, anxiety, creativity, relationships, PTSD, and addictions – to become their own best version.”
In an article on her site, she addresses trauma and creative people:
“Many artists live with unhealed emotional trauma.
“Some decide to seek help. Some speak publicly about their challenges.
“Some even use their own healing journey to encourage other creatives to take the leap and seek help.
“And, there are those who feel their creativity is their healing power.
“Through the art that they create, they can see their painful experiences from a safe place, so they can make sense of them and transform them into healing stories.”
Read more in her article
Emotional Trauma: A Treasure of Creative Inspiration or A Place of Darkness?
Movies & TV series
Therapist Athena Staik, Ph.D. writes that with “the Emmy-nominated film, The Tale, award-winning filmmaker Jennifer Fox presents her own #MeToo story of being groomed and sexually abused at age 13 by her athletic coach.
“The film tastefully reveals exposes the painful process Fox experienced, as an adult, forced by circumstances to reassess her abuse as a child, and the many challenges she faced that allowed her to back her mind and sense of self and reality.”
(Photo from article: Bengal Tiger and young woman by Sarah Richter on pixabay.)
The Tale [link to Amazon] – Director: Jennifer Fox; Starring: Laura Dern, Elizabeth Debicki, Jason Ritter.
In her article The #Me Too Movement and Popular TV Series: From “13 Reasons Why” to “Sharp Objects” therapist Mihaela Bernard, MA, LCPC notes the series Sharp Objects:
“Deals with the issue of sexual violence but also a rare form of child abuse, self-injury, murder and coping.”
Sharp Objects (HBO series)
Trauma and gifted people
Julie Creech is a “Marriage and Family Therapist intern who is very interested in the needs and experiences of people who are gifted, talented, and/or creative.”
In an article, she asks:
Does trauma affect gifted people differently?
Are we more resilient? Are we more vulnerable?
Do we experience PTSD, Complex Trauma, Personality disorders, and other pathology more often when exposed to traumatic experiences?
Does treatment need to be modified when dealing with trauma-affected gifted persons?
Are we more vulnerable to misdiagnosis when exposed to trauma?
Depending on which line of research you go down you can find studies that suggest that giftedness is a protective factor for individuals (that gifted people are better-adjusted than the general population) and other research that shows it is a risk factor for people (that gifted people have a higher incidence of mental health problems).
Read more in her article
Does Giftedness Matter When it Comes to Trauma?
What do traumatic experiences have to do with our lives and abilities to be creative?
Learning how to regulate emotional reactions to trauma and abuse is important for anyone, but essential for sensitive and creative people.
Reacting to abuse as a child
One example of a creative person dealing with trauma in their life – one of many artists quoted on the Creative Mind sites – is musician, writer, producer, director Elgin James, who suffered emotional and physical abuse from his father and notes:
“The world only stopped kicking me when I started kicking back harder, my father only stopped hitting me when I raised my fist in response.
“But, having experienced violence in his youth himself, [Robert Redford talked to me and] broke down that negativity and rage.”
See more in article:
Dealing with trauma and abuse to live a bigger, more creative life
Healing Trauma: A Pioneering Program for Restoring the Wisdom of Your Body by Peter A. Levine PhD.
In an Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness by Peter A. Levine PhD.
Trauma and the Unbound Body: The Healing Power of Fundamental Consciousness by Judith Blackstone Ph.D.
The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk MD.
Healing Trauma: Attachment, Mind, Body and Brain by Daniel J. Siegel M.D., Marion Solomon Ph.D.
Summary from site of Daniel J. Siegel:
“Born out of the excitement of a convergence of ideas and passions, this book provides a synthesis of the work of researchers, clinicians, and theoreticians who are leaders in the field of trauma, attachment, and psychotherapy.
“As we move into the third millennium, the field of mental health is in an exciting position to bring together diverse ideas from a range of disciplines that illuminate our understanding of human experience: neurobiology, developmental psychology, traumatology, and systems theory.
“The contributors emphasize the ways in which the social environment, including relationships of childhood, adulthood, and the treatment milieu change aspects of the structure of the brain and ultimately alter the mind.”
On Trauma and the Unbound Body: A Conversation with Judith Blackstone, by Vanessa Scotto and Brooke Thomas of the Bliss and Grit podcast.
Articles / Pages
How to Relieve Stress and Anxiety When You’re Creative and Highly Sensitive – Author of multiple books on the trait, including The Highly Sensitive Person, Elaine Aron, PhD thinks “high sensitivity increases the impact of all emotionally tinged events, making childhood trauma particularly scarring.”
Trauma-related articles on the Talent Development Resources site
* Traumatic Childhood, Creative Adult
* Pete Townshend on facing the past and its traumas
* Dealing with trauma and abuse to live a bigger, more creative life
* Creative People, Trauma and Mental Health
* Alan Cumming on Dealing With a Traumatic Childhood
* Alanis Morissette: Channeling rage and finding joy in creativity