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Self-Study Books

Access Your Inner Powers

Delve into the subconscious mind to shift the mental blocks stopping you from thriving in every area of your life. The following books and study guides are a low-barrier way for you to begin your own self-study into exploring your painful thoughts, feelings, or memories and start working to overcome them.

The General Roadmap:

  •  You will Learn How Trauma is Defined

  • The Ripple Effect Symptoms Of Trauma

  • Dissociation, Overwhelm, and Avoidance

  • Your Autonomic Nervous System 

  • The Window Of Tolerance

  • Identifying Your Triggers

  • How to Identify Safety

  • Learning How to Feel & Trust Safety

  • How to Reconnect with Your Body

  • How to Reconnect with Your Intuition

  • Core Beliefs & How to Shift Them

  • Adult Children Of Previously Traumatized Parents

  • Reconnection of Your Fragmented Parts 

  • Resilience & Thriving Beyond the Survival Mechanisms 

  • Using Your Authentic Voice

  • Awareness & Ability to Now Set Healthy Boundaries 

  • Increase Self-Compassion 

  • Learn to Feel Emotion & Self-Regulating Tools

  • Explore Trauma Therapy Healing Modalities 

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Here are the top recommended:

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The Body Keeps the Score

by Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.

I have been studying this medical doctor for over five years in online classes and reading this book. This was closer to the beginning of the "breakthrough" piece of my journey so it's a great place for you to start understanding how past events become lodged in the reactive animal instincts of the body.

He uses recent scientific advances to show how trauma literally reshapes both body and brain, compromising sufferers’ capacities for pleasure, engagement, self-control, and trust. He explores innovative treatments—from neurofeedback and meditation to sports, drama, and yoga—that offer new paths to recovery by activating the brain’s natural neuroplasticity.

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The Power of Attachment

Diane Poole Heller, PhD

The Power of Attachment: How to Create Deep and Lasting Intimate Relationships

Dr. Diane Poole Heller, a pioneer in attachment theory and trauma resolution, shows how overwhelming experiences can disrupt our most important connections― with the parts of ourselves within, with the physical world around us, and with others.

• Restore the broken connections caused by trauma
• Get embodied and grounded in your body
• Integrate the parts of yourself that feel wounded and fragmented
• Emerge from grief, fear, and powerlessness to regain strength, joy, and resiliency
• Reclaim access to your inner resources and spiritual nature

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No Bad Parts; An Overview of Internal Family Systems

Richard Schwartz, PhD

• The IFS revolution―how honoring and communicating with our parts changes our approach to mental wellness
• Overturning the cultural, scientific, and spiritual assumptions that reinforce an outdated mono-mind model
• The ego, the inner critic, the saboteur―making these often-maligned parts into powerful allies
• Burdens―why our parts become distorted and stuck in childhood traumas and cultural beliefs
• How IFS demonstrates human goodness by revealing that there are no bad parts
• The Self―discover your wise, compassionate essence of goodness that is the source of healing and harmony
• Exercises for mapping your parts, accessing the Self, working with a challenging protector, identifying each part’s triggers, and more

IFS is a paradigm-changing model because it gives us a powerful approach for healing ourselves, our culture, and our planet. As Dr. Schwartz teaches, “Our parts can sometimes be disruptive or harmful, but once they’re unburdened, they return to their essential goodness. When we learn to love all our parts, we can learn to love all people―and that will contribute to healing the world.”

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The Polyvagal Theory

Stephen Porges, PhD

At its heart, polyvagal theory is about safety. It provides an understanding that feeling safe is dependent on autonomic states, and that our cognitive evaluations of risk in the environment, including identifying potentially dangerous relationships, play a secondary role to our visceral reactions to people and places.

Our reaction to the continuing global pandemic supports one of the central concepts of polyvagal theory: that a desire to connect safely with others is our biological imperative. Indeed, life may be seen as an inherent quest for safety. These ideas, and more, are outlined in chapters on therapeutic presence, group psychotherapy, yoga and music therapy, autism, trauma, date rape, medical trauma, and COVID-19.

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Reconnecting with Your Body

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Complex PTSD

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Releasing Trauma

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Dream Interpretation

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Symbol Interpretation

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Requests & Rituals

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Lucid Dreaming

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