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Book Suggestions for Exploring Trauma

Updated: Jun 4

Sometimes knowledge is power.


Here are a list of books that we at Fika love or have had recommended to us by colleagues in the past that do a good job at exploring trauma, how the roots of these experiences follow us into the present day, how it may be passed on generationally, and the brain-body connection.


1. "The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma" by Bessel van der Kolk

2. "Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence--From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror" by Judith Herman

3. "Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma" by Peter A. Levine

4. "The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity" by Nadine Burke Harris

5. "Complex PTSD: From Surviving to Thriving" by Pete Walker

6. "In an Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness" by Peter A. Levine

7. "The Trauma of Everyday Life" by Mark Epstein

8. "The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog: And Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist's Notebook--What Traumatized Children Can Teach Us About Loss, Love, and Healing" by Bruce D. Perry and Maia Szalavitz

9. "Healing from Trauma: A Survivor's Guide to Understanding Your Symptoms and Reclaiming Your Life" by Jasmin Lee Cori

10. "The Unsayable: The Hidden Language of Trauma" by Annie Rogers

11. "It Didn't Start With You" by Mark Wolynn


It's important to remember that healing from trauma or adverse experience can be a long and complex journey, and seeking the support of a therapist is often helpful. Claim your free consultation today.


Reading is not a replacement for therapy or treatment - we advise against beginning a trauma-healing process if you do not feel emotionally and physically safe at this time. If you are in crisis, please call your closest's crisis line, a person of support, or visit your closest emergency room.

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