In 1992, Judith Herman wrote a classic book titled Trauma and Recovery. Since that time, her book has continued to be an honored classic in field of psychology. She masterfully outlines the recovery process for both the client and therapist as the journey of recovery is undertaken. Traumatologists like Bessel Van der Kolk and Ruth Lanius speak highly of this book.
She outlines three major stages of effective trauma therapy; Safety & Stabilization, Remembrance & Mourning, and Reconnection. She gives case examples and really makes the recovery process easy to understand even as complex as it can be.
This is one of my favorite books about trauma recovery. For clients, it can provide a comforting sense that he or she is a part of a community of survivors. For therapists, it is an invaluable tool to effectively work with clients imprisoned by traumas.
If you have not had a chance to check it out yet, don’t wait any longer. It’s a fairly short read. If you are more of an auditory learner, you can check it out at audible.com or click the image to catch a hard copy on Amazon.com.