1. Stories about Trauma! 2. There is Trauma! 3. We Can Overcome Trauma! 4. Trauma Resolution Involves Changing the Body Physiology! 5. Cat and Mouse! 6. What You Can Do to Overcome Trauma!
A science-based medical graphic book explaining trauma, its effects on our psychology and physiology, and what to do about it
Steve Haines is a trainer, bodyworker and author. He has studied
Yoga, Shiatsu, Craniosacral Therapy, TRE® (Trauma Releasing
Exercises) and is a UK registered Chiropractor.
Steve is the bestselling author of Pain is Really Strange, Trauma is Really Strange and Anxiety is Really Strange, which was Highly Commended by the BMA in 2018. He lives between London and Geneva.
Sophie Standing is an illustrator and designer, specialising in human sciences. Her style combines digital and hand-made, with an emphasis on rich colour, textures and metaphorical concepts.
This wonderfully illustrated book will be a godsend to anyone
wishing to understand the effects of trauma. Such clear, accessible
explanations of how we hold, process and release trauma based on
the latest research have been long overdue. This little book will
be invaluable to both therapists and the public alike.
*John Wilks, Bowen and craniosacral instructor and author of 'Choices in Pregnancy and Childbirth' and 'Using the Bowen Technique to Address Complex and Common Conditions'*
It would seem impossible that the weighty subject of trauma could be explored so thoroughly in a comic book format. Yet this pairing of text and image so perfectly balances academic rigor, whimsical design, and engaging little narratives. At its heart, this book beautifully inspires the reader to see personal trauma as an opportunity for healing and growth.
*Nkem Ndefo, Certified Nurse Midwife, Founder of TRE Los Angeles, speaker, and trauma educator*
Using simple comics, concise explanations and a healthy dose of wit, this clever book not only explains how trauma affects our body and brain, but more importantly, outlines how to support our body's innate ability to discharge and recover from trauma.
*Richmond Heath, Physiotherapy and Certified TRE Trainer, Trauma Release Australia*
Steve, once again in talking head mode, thus diagrammatically takes us through the myriad different forms that trauma can take and what responses we can expect. As before, it's the incredible degree of symbolism and visual metaphor that Sophie puts into every single illustration which transform this from merely being a succinct and extremely clear explanation of the facts to a fun filled pamphlet of pictorial educational enablement. I think the beauty of this and their previous work is they manage to deal with such complex topics in a manner that would be perfectly digestible and understandable even for primary school kids without remotely compromising on the scientific facts. Brilliant!
I'd recommend this comic anyone who has experienced trauma or who is working with someone who has. It provides clear and relatable ways of understanding and talking about the effects of trauma, and some sensible suggestions for taking the first steps towards recovery.
*Rees Centre Newsletter*