Title Rethinking Trauma Treatment
Subtitle Attachment, Memory Reconsolidation, and Resilience
Author Courtney Armstrong
ISBN 9780393712551
List price USD 24.95
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Binding Hardbound
No of pages 288
Book size 165 x 241 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher W. W. Norton & Company
Published in India by .
Exclusive distributors Viva Books Private Limited
Sales territory India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, .
Status New Arrival
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“Whether you’re therapist just starting out on your trauma-informed journey, a seasoned clinician seeking inspiration, or a trauma survivor searching for education and hope, Courtney Armstrong’s Rethinking Trauma Treatment should be your go-to resource. Courtney has managed to weave together the latest discoveries in brain science, enlightening and inspiring case studies, and up to date treatment modalities all through the lens of attachment theory, making this book not only a unique source of information, but a manual for healing and hope.”

Guy Macpherson, PhD, host of The Trauma Therapist Podcast and founder, Trauma Therapist 2.0.


Rethinking Trauma Treatment is a must read for therapists who want to understand current brain science discoveries and how to apply them to effectively treat trauma. Courtney’s writing style is conversational and personal as she illustrates how to apply a host of techniques through engaging client stories. Reading this book is like having a personal consultation with a gifted expert!”

Larry Drell, MD, Medical Director, Anxiety and Depression Therapy Services, Washington, DC


“A relevant, user-friendly guide that provides practical, brain-based strategies for healing attachment wounds, transforming traumatic memories, and strengthening resilience in your clients. An uplifting and well-needed resource that all clinicians can use.”

Linda Graham, MFT, author of Bouncing Back: Rewiring Your Brain for Maximum Resilience and Well-Being


Creating safety, hope, and secure attachment to transform traumatic memories.

What makes trauma therapy effective? The answers might surprise you. While therapists have been bombarded with brain science, hundreds of new models, and pressure to use evidence-based techniques, research has demonstrated that the therapeutic relationship ultimately predicts therapy outcomes. This is especially true for traumatized clients. But, what kind of therapeutic relationship? Forming a secure therapeutic alliance with traumatized clients is tricky. How do you help clients trust you after they’ve been abused, betrayed, or exploited? How do you instill hope and convince clients who’ve been devastated by loss to believe that a better life is possible?     

In this accessible guide, Courtney Armstrong distills discoveries from attachment theory, brain science, and post-traumatic growth into practical strategies you can use to: 1) build trust and a secure therapeutic relationship; 2) transform traumatic memories into stories of triumph and courage; and 3) help clients cultivate resilience and a positive post-trauma identity.

Packed with dozens of scripts, step-by-step worksheets, and inspiring client stories, this book gives you tools for each phase of the trauma therapy process and shows you how to:

  • Engage and motivate clients based on their attachment style
  • Manage trauma-related dissociation, anxiety, and anger
  • Transform traumatic memories so they no longer haunt your client
  • Work with different types of trauma, from sexual abuse to traumatic grief
  • Evoke inner resources for healing and positive emotional states
  • Counter compassion fatigue and burnout so you can thrive as a therapist

Merely talking about a traumatic event is not enough because the parts of the brain where traumatic, implicit memories are stored don’t understand words. Heartfelt, relational experiences catalyze brain change and buffer the impact of trauma. In this book, Armstrong demonstrates that neuroscience is validating what therapists have suspected all along: the brain changes through the heart.


: The Brain Changes Through the Heart

Phase I: Create Safety, Hope, and Therapeutic Alliance
Chapter 1.
Trauma and the Brain
Chapter 2. Attachment and the Brain
Chapter 3. Relationships Change the Brain
Chapter 4. How to Engage Insecure Attachment Styles
Chapter 5. Tools for Grounding, Calming, and Soothing
Chapter 6. How to Work with Dissociation
Chapter 7. Instill Hope and Empowerment

Phase II: Transform Traumatic Memories
Chapter 8. Memory Reconsolidation
Chapter 9. Sexual Trauma
Chapter 10. Childhood Physical Abuse
Chapter 11. Relational and Attachment Trauma
Chapter 12. Traumatic Grief and Loss
Chapter 13. Combat Trauma

Phase III: Facilitate Post-Traumatic Growth
Chapter 14. Post-Traumatic Growth
Chapter 15. Healthy Relationship Skills
Chapter 16. Counter Compassion Fatigue


About the Author:

Courtney Armstrong, MEd, a licensed professional counselor, lives in Hixson, Tennessee. She gives national trainings and workshops on a variety of topics for mental health professionals. She also contributes to Psychotherapy Networker and other books and journals and has made several radio and TV appearances for her expertise in grief and trauma.

Target Audience:

This book is intended as a general information resource for professionals practicing in the field of psychotherapy and mental health. It is a must read for the therapists who want to understand current brain science discoveries and how to apply them to effectively treat trauma.


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