Carolyn Spring’s Emotional Resource Guide
Carolyn Spring is an author, speaker, trainer and trauma survivor. She’s crafted this insightful toolkit of ideas, strategies and lists to help when we’re feeling distressed and overwhelmed.
‘Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Trauma and Attachment’ – by Pat Ogden, Janina Fisher
I love this framing of trauma-work, which goes deep into a trusting of the body’s natural intelligence, and working sensitively with that intelligence.
‘Attachment-Based Yoga & Meditation for Trauma Recovery: Simple, Safe, and Effective Practices for Therapy’ – by Deirdre Fay + Christopher Germer
Some great resources in here for working with clients with trauma, drawing from yogic and meditation traditions.
Interview with Stephen Porges about Polyvagal Theory
Stephen Porges’s work provides fascinating insight on the role of the vagus nerve in regulating our emotional world. His theory gives a lucid explanation of how we mammals have evolved our brains and nervous systems to pick up threats in the environment, and the importance of finding ‘cues of safety’ to help us regulate ourselves.
‘The Body Keeps the Score: Mind, Brain and Body in the Transformation of Trauma’ – by Bessel van der Kolk
This book is possible the most classic modern work on trauma. It’s a slightly dense book, but certainly worth exploring.
‘Transforming Trauma: Discovering Wholeness and Healing After Trauma’ – by Dr. James Gordon
James Gordon is a Harvard-educated psychiatrist with a deep spiritual dimension, so this book is a wonderful resource for anyone with an openness to the spiritual wanting to work on their own trauma or help other people with their trauma.