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Dr. Salena Potter
5.0 out of 5 starsA must have for clinicians
Reviewed in the United States on April 21, 2018
Fantastic, must have book for clinicians. I've read it twice, and frequently find myself returning to it as a dominant resource. The content is so useful and easily applicable in the treatment of trauma. It is well organized and well-written.
I purchased this book to help me as I write about my experiences with acute PTSD developed as a result of workplace bullying. I wanted to understand what happens in the brain - it is helping me to better understand brain trauma caused by traumatic situations.
I teach about the effects of stress and trauma on a person's thinking and behavior. I reread this book constantly as it is full of evidence. I am in the mental health field. It is imperative we understand how trauma impacts a life.
Reviewed in the United States on February 28, 2014
I learned a tremendous amount about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder by reading this text. I was not aware of how trauma is held in a particular part of the body. Understanding the somatic issues inherent in trauma can really assist people in recovering from trauma expeditiously. van der Kolk is an expert, making the contextual information on trauma available to clinicians and non-professionals.
Dr. van der Kolk has sparked my research interest to continue the study of neuroscience, creative therapies and somatic healing.