Outsmarting the Riptide of Domestic Violence: Metaphor and Mindfulness for Change by Dr. Pat Pernicano translates issues central to domestic violence recovery into metaphorical stories and mindfulness narratives that will facilitate the change process. The stories are intended to be use in conjunction with trauma-focused interventions in order to reduce troubling symptoms, address risk and relapse-potential, change relational patterns, and remediate attachment deficits
The author provides a sound theoretical overview of the impact of domestic violence on individuals and provides the clinician with sample stories that, through use of metaphor, seek to normalize challenges that emerge within the change process, provoke dialogue, and highlight themes that are relevant to this population.
Pat Pernicano, PsyD, is a licensed psychologist, has been director of clinical services at Providence House for Children since 2007 as well as associate clinical faculty at Spalding University since 1996. Pernicano develops, implements, and supervises treatment interventions for trauma resolution in children, adults, and families. She is the author of Metaphorical Stories for Child Therapy: Of Magic and Miracles and Family Focused Trauma-Intervention: Using Metaphor and Play with Victims of Abuse and Neglect (both Jason Aronson, 2010).