Challenges the notion that clients with PTSD must revisit, review, and process their memories to recover from trauma.
Being able to monitor and modulate a trauma client’s dysregulated nervous system is one of the practitioner’s best lines of defense against traumatic hyperarousal going amok—risking consequences such as dissociation and decompensation. This paperback edition of Babette Rothschild’s The Body Remembers, Volume 2, clarifies and simplifies autonomic nervous system (ANS) understanding and observation. It includes a full-color table that distinguishes six levels of arousal, which has proven to be an essential clinical tool, presenting a new and useful distinction between trauma-induced hypoarousal and the low arousal that is caused by lethargy or depression.
Multiple therapeutic transcripts illuminate key points in trauma treatment, including stabilizing clients who dissociate, identifying and implementing hidden somatic resources, and utilizing good memories and somatic markers. With an authoritative yet personal voice, Rothschild’s book is essential reading for anyone working with those who have experienced trauma. The full-color ANS table is also available separately as a laminated desk reference card.
"This book provides an accessible understanding of how therapists can leverage the resources of trauma survivors and use an awareness of the client's physiological state to choreograph the client's journey towards resilience and health. "
—Stephen W. Porges, author of The Polyvagal Theory
"[E]xtremely useful in helping me to gain confidence in my verbal skills, enabling clients to self-regulate and to monitor my own ANS regulation...The masterpiece is the in-depth chapter on Precision ANS Regulation; comprising a review, theory and practical tips for monitoring the ANS...[I] recommend this volume to new and experienced therapists alike. "
—Fulcrum Book Reviews
About the Author:
Babette Rothschild, MSW, internationally recognized PTSD specialist, has authored seven books and edits the 8 Keys to Mental Health series for W. W. Norton. Following nine exciting years studying and working in Copenhagen, Denmark, she now resides in her native Los Angeles, California.