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A practical, integrated approach for therapists working with people (both adults and children) who have been impacted by developmental trauma and attachment difficulties

Kathy L. Kain and Stephen J. Terrell draw on 50 years of their combined clinical and teaching experience to provide this clear road map for understanding the complexities of early trauma and its related symptoms. Experts in the physiology of trauma, the authors present an introduction to their innovative somatic approach that has evolved to help thousands improve their lives. Synthesizing across disciplines - Attachment, Polyvagal, Neuroscience, Child Development Theory, Trauma, and Somatics - this book provides a new lens through which to understand safety and regulation. It includes the survey used in the groundbreaking ACE Study, which discovered a clear connection between early childhood trauma and chronic health problems. 

For therapists working with both adults and children and anyone dealing with symptoms that typically arise from early childhood trauma - anxiety, behavioral issues, depression, metabolic disorders, migraine, sleep problems, and more - this book offers fresh hope.

©2019 Kathy L. Kain and Stephen J. Terrell (P)2019 Random House Audio

What the critics say

Nurturing Resilience offers a new map for navigating the process of healing from developmental trauma and skillfully incorporates the often-overlooked role of touch in repairing and restoring relational well-being. Written in clear, accessible prose and drawing on research across multiple disciplines, this book is a remarkable achievement by two seasoned and respected somatic practitioner educators.” (Rae Johnson, PhD, RSMT, chair of the somatic studies specialization in the depth psychology doctoral program at Pacifica Graduate Institute and author of Embodied Social Justice)

“Brilliant! Kathy and Stephen have produced a groundbreaking work that provides a deeper understanding of the interface between developmental trauma and mental and physical disorders and most importantly the pathways to their healing.” (Michael Ocana, MD, medical director of Kelowna Adolescent Psychiatric Unit and clinical assistant professor at the University of British Columbia) 

“This book synthesizes the simplicity of our human quest for safety and connection with the complexities of our biological design. As vanguards in somatic therapies, Kathy and Stephen have trained thousands of therapists all over the world and are now graciously imparting their strategies for resilience through this gift of their combined wisdom.” (Christopher Walling, PsyD, president of the United States Association of Body Psychotherapy)

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Finally. This is the book you're looking for if...

If you are a therapist (I'm an accredited muisc therapist, 4 year degree plus a 1000 hour supervised internship) and work with trauma this is the book you've been looking for. First read anything by Daniel Seigal and The Body Keeps The Score and then read this. This book is for the therapist who just needs support for how to help clients with developmental trauma. Seeing as a huge part of the population has this, I can only see the information in this book being the most important ideas of our century. I'll have to buy it in physical form so I can take notes and make outlines to help me "plan" my preparedness for sessions. Thank you so much. I wish I had this book 6 years ago when I was in internship.

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can't handle the voice recording

The voice recording sounds like a news reporter...the whole time. I couldn't get through both chapter one and two before feeling exhausted listening.

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Learned much

I enjoyed the content of this book. My hope was to better understand and equip myself. I have purchased the soft copy as I found it hard to really digest all the information presented. However, it is a marvelous introduction and fascinating listen. I would recommend it.

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  • Trenton Akers
  • 2019-07-20

In Need Of PDF Files To Accompany The Audiobook

This audiobook was highly informative and easy to listen to. From my perspective, this book is a worthy successor to The Body Keeps The Score by Bessel Vanderkolk. In that, it continues and deepens the discussion of trauma begun by Vanderkolk. Nevertheless, I don’t feel reading/ listening to The Body Keeps The Score is necessary in order to engage with this text. My review does come with one caveat though, I recently thumbed through a physical copy at my local book store and found there were several charts and graphs that were omitted from the audiobook. I feel these are important and should have been made available for download along with the audio files. I feel these omitted materials deepen the reader/listener experience and the knowledge that can be gained. I have purchased a physical copy for myself in order to address this in equity. If anything, I feel that speaks to the quality of the book itself.

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  • H.L.C.
  • 2019-11-18

Usable Overview

This book provides a useful overview of facets of trauma, while fleshing out concepts like "foundational trauma" and "somatic shame". This could be an excellent companion to van der Kolk's Body Keeps the Score.

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  • Terra's Mom
  • 2020-06-30

Ten Stars!!!

As a therapist and someone who has experienced developmental trauma, this book was very illuminating. I was familiar with some concepts in the book - the ACE study and polyvagal theory, to name a couple. The information and concepts presented by the authors made so much sense, and was beyond what I’ve ever understood. I was really blown away by the “faux window of tolerance.” It made me see myself and my clients through a deeper, more complex lens of defensive accommodations. I found reading this book has called into question how I work with my clients, as well as my own healing path. I’m very eager to learn more. I feel like I’ve reached a fork in the road and my whole map has shifted! I’m looking forward to post-pandemic in vivo training. Meanwhile, I bought the paper version of this book so I can study it through reading instead of listening. I give my profound gratitude to the authors.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-05-06

5/5 just for labelling the chapters.

Haven't even finished the book, I just noticed the chapters are labelled beautifully, so 5/5 for everything.

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  • JupiterandDavid
  • 2020-02-27

Wow should be required

I’m my field I particularly wish that newborn sleep consultants and therapists had this information. Also helpful for any human in relationship as we all have need of understanding the way we are wired.

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  • Ruzette Nicolas
  • 2020-06-04

Great synthesis

Very good synthesis bringing something new with that sense of homgeneity. A good proof that psychotherapy is a consistent science. More books should be striving to that integrative stance

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  • Stargazer Lily
  • 2020-11-07

Readable for non-therapists and valuable too

I like the peace of the reading because it’s slow enough to listen to it when she is explaining scientific theory. The book is orderly and concise. It’s comprehensive without getting bogged down and too many details.