“Psychodrama is one of the most effective treatments of PTSD and developmental trauma that I am familiar with, and Tian Dayton has written a terrific manual to serve as our guide.”
- Bessel van der Kolk, MD, professor of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine, president of the Trauma Research Foundation, and author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Body Keeps the Score
“In this treatment guide, Tian Dayton has provided us with an unparalleled approach for treating relational trauma. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is treating the pain of unhealed attachment wounds.”
- Peter Levine, PhD, developer of Somatic Experiencing® and best-selling author of Waking the Tiger
Help clients respond to stress as the adults they are today, not the wounded children they once were.
Because early attachment ruptures undermine trust and fuel disconnection, adult children of relational trauma often resist the very vehicles that would help them heal – feeling, naming, and sharing the contents of their inner world with another human being.
In Treating Adult Children of Relational Trauma, world-renowned psychologist, author, and psychodramatist Dr. Tian Dayton expertly weaves together the very best of what works in psychodrama, sociometrics, and addictions treatment to create her unique, experiential approach to treating the ever-nuanced impact of early relational trauma. Grounded in the principles of interpersonal neurobiology, polyvagal theory, and somatic experiencing, this treatment guide includes 85 structured interventions that innately “warm up” the limbic system and allow space for healing in real time. Using Dr. Dayton’s easy-to-follow, step-by-step approach, clinicians can help clients:
• Repair, rather than reenact, painful relational trauma dynamics in their lives
• Experience the safety of healing through connection, movement, and engagement with others
• Feel empowered to become active shareholders in their own recovery
About the Author:
Dr. Dayton is a Senior Fellow at The Meadows. She is the author of fifteen books including The Soulful Journey of Recovery, The ACoA Trauma Syndrome, Emotional Sobriety, Trauma and Addiction, Forgiving and Moving On, and The Living Stage. She has developed an approach for incorporating experiential work into treatment programs and group work, Relationship Trauma Repair (RTR).
Tian Dayton has a master’s in educational psychology and a PhD in clinical psychology and is a board-certified trainer in psychodrama, sociometry, and group psychotherapy. She is a certified Montessori teacher. Dr. Dayton is the director of The New York Psychodrama Training Institute. She is a nationally renowned speaker, expert, and consultant in psychodrama, trauma and addiction, ACoAS and self-help related issues. Dr. Dayton was on the faculty at NYU for eight years teaching psychodrama. Dr. Dayton is a fellow of the American Society of Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy ASGPP, Lifetime Achievement Award, the Scholar’s award, President’s Award and Gratitude Award, former editor in chief of the Journal of Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy and professional standards committee. She is also the winner of The Mona Mansell Award and The Ackermann Black Award. Dr. Dayton has been a guest expert on NBC, CNN, MSNBC, Montel, Rikki Lake, John Walsh and Geraldo. Tian blogs for Thrive Global and The Huffington Post.
Dr. Dayton is a fully certified practitioner and trainer by the American Society of Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy (ASGPP). She served for eight years as the editor-in-chief of The Journal of Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy, and eight years as an executive editor of the same. She is the winner of ASGPP’s Gratitude Award for her contributions to this field. Tian has spent her career raising the standard of expertise and training of these methods in the addictions’ field and adapting psychodrama and sociometry for work specifically with relational trauma and addictions. Her trademarked processes Socio Metrics, are in use nationally and around the world, as is her model Relational Trauma Repair (RTR). These processes combine research with psychodrama and sociometry creating a contained, psycho-educational, experiential approach to healing. Clients learn about the issues and symptoms while engaging in an experiential, relational healing process. Her books The Living Stage, Relational Trauma Repair (Therapist’s Guide) and her upcoming book Sociometrics all explore this process along with the basics of psychodrama and sociometry.