I've been meaning to put something like this together since the beginning but have always hesitated because I fear my list not being comprehensive or authoritative enough. I worry it may miss something others may find helpful, or may include something someone finds unhelpful or even harmful.
We're all different, so some of what helps me may not help you. But having a place to start may be helpful for some people, so here are some resources that I'm aware of that may be interesting and/or useful to others. If you feel it may be helpful to you, feel free to review them and make your own decisions about which may suit your needs.
I'm keeping it small for now, and including only those resources that I've either reviewed/used myself or intend to review/use in the future.
Several of the books on the list, I'll confess, I own but haven't read yet or have only skimmed.
Even the ones that have helped me immensely, I view as resources rather than authorities. It's rare for me to agree with every word someone else writes. (For example, I previously wrote about how "Trauma & Recovery," my favourite book about trauma, nevertheless caused some harm to me as I explored here)
Learning about trauma can be triggering so please consider your own limits in deciding whether or when to review any materials about it. I've found it helpful to learn about trauma, but have sometimes had to pace myself.
This will be skeletal at first but I will add to it and revise it as I come across new sources (or remember the ones I've previously benefited from).
- Trauma and Recovery (book), Judith Herman
- The Body Keeps the Score (book), Bessel van der Kolk
- https://www.jimhopper.com (website by Jim Hopper, PhD, addressing the following topics: child abuse; sexual assault & the brain, brain healing & happiness, mindfulness & meditation, and healing resources)
- Waking the Tiger (book), Peter Levine
- Introduction to the Internal Family Systems Model (book about a particular therapy model often used for trauma), Richard Schwartz
- Decolonizing Trauma Work: Indigenous Stories and Strategies (book), Renee Linklater
- My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies (book), Resmaa Menakem
- The PTSD Workbook: Simple Effective Techniques for Overcoming Traumatic Stress (book), Mary Beth Williams, Soili Poijula
- Overcoming Trauma Through Yoga: Reclaiming Your Body (book), David Emerson, Elizabeth Hopper
- Growing Beyond Survival: A Self-Help Toolkit for Managing Traumatic Stress, Elizabeth G. Vermilyea
- In My Own Moccasins: A Memoir of Resilience (book/memoir), Helen Knott
- A Mind Spread Out on The Ground (book of essays), Alicia Elliott
- Blue Knot Foundation (website with information and resources about complex trauma)
- International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation: Public Resources (FAQ's and fact sheets about trauma and dissociation)
- Rethinking Resilience: Resilient Rebecca and Nelly Not So Much, (short YouTube video) Tracy Farrell
- The Psychedelic Therapy Podcast: Episodes: Bessel van der Kolk, A Revolutionary Treatment for Trauma; Veronika Gold (Polaris Insight), Creating a Ketamine Clinic; Rachel Yehuda (Mount Sinai): Studying the Science of Psychedelics and PTSD; Richard C. Schwartz, Ph.D (Internal family Systems: IFS and Psychedelic Assisted Therapy
- The Politics of Mental Health (article), Psychotherapy Networker, Bessel van der Kolk
- "Are Sexual Abuse Victims Being Diagnosed with A Mental Disorder They Don't Have?" (article), The Guardian, March 27, 2019
- Nurturing Resilience: Helping Clients Move Forward from Developmental Trauma--An Integrative Somatic Approach (book), Kathy L. Main & Stephen J. Terrell
- Ketamine Research Institute (website with videos offering information about ketamine-assisted-psychotherapy)
- Health as a Human Right, Erin Gilmer (blog); Including such posts as: Trauma Informed Care Principles and Betrayal Trauma
- Self-Compassion (website of Kristin Neff, PhD, with exercises and other information)
- The Ketamine Papers: Science Therapy and Transformation (Book, edited by Phil Wolfson MD and Glenn Hartelius PhD)
- Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (Book by Pat Ogden and Janina Fisher)
- https://www.stephenporges.com (website by the author of the Polyvagal Theory)
- https://www.rhythmofregulation.com (website by Deb Dana, LCSW, re Polyvagal Theory)
- TCTSY (Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga) Website
As always, please note that I am a lawyer, not a mental health professional of any kind. I have no expertise in trauma or mental health. Also, please note that any opinions and views expressed in this blog are solely my own and are not intended to represent the views or opinions of my employer in any way.