The trauma that comes from combat and from responding to crimes and fires is now universally acknowledged. However, many vets and first responders remain reluctant to engage in mental health care due to skepticism about its effectiveness, as well as shame and fear of confronting and reliving painful past experiences. Discover a comprehensive, practical, evidence-based, nonstigmatizing model of mind-body healing that’s appealing to veterans, first responders, and others who appreciate rapid, concrete, measurable results. This easily learned and shared approach includes specific techniques for directly addressing the symptoms of PTSD, depression, and anxiety. Explore how to:
- Use “concentrative” Soft Belly Breathing to resolve biological and psychological imbalances
- Incorporate meditation and relaxation practices into your work with traumatized clients
- Use forms of self-expression such as guided imagery, drawings, and movement as therapeutic tools
- Integrate mind-body techniques into any clinical approach to improve outcomes and engage clients as active participants in their own care
James Gordon, MD, a psychiatrist, is the founder and executive director of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine, and author of The Transformation: Discovering Wholeness and Healing After Trauma.