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Racial Trauma: Clinical Strategies and Techniques for Healing Invisible Wounds

Kenneth V. Hardy

The Trauma of Caste

Thenmozhi Soundararajan

No Racial Elephants in the Therapy Room: An Unapologetic Approach to Providing Culturally Affirming Mental Health Care to Black and African American Clients

Rheeda Walker

Polyvagal Prompts: Finding Connection and Joy Through Guided Explorations

Deb Dana and Courtney Rolfe

It Didn't Start with You: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are and How to End the Cycle

Mark Wolynn

The Embodied Path: Telling the Story of Your Body for Healing and Wholeness

Ellie Roscher

Truth and Repair: How Trauma Survivors Envision Justice

Judith Lewis Herman

Break the Cycle: A Guide to Healing Intergenerational Trauma

Mariel Buqué

Where I Belong: Healing Trauma and Embracing Asian American Identity

Soo Jin Lee

Decolonizing Wellness: A Qtbipoc-Centered Guide to Escape the Diet Trap, Heal Your Self-Image, and Achieve Body Liberation

Dalia Kinsey

Decolonizing Therapy: Oppression, Historical Trauma, and Politicizing Your Practice

Jennifer Mullan

The Pain We Carry: Healing from Complex Ptsd for People of Color

Natalie Y Gutiérrez

Healing the Incest Wound

Christine A Courtois

The Cost of Racism for People of Color

Alvin N. Alvarez, PhD, Christopher T. H. Liang, PhD, and Helen A. Neville, PhD

Seeking Safety: A Treatment Manual for Ptsd and Substance Abuse

Lisa M Najavits

Healing the Soul Wound: Trauma-Informed Counseling for Indigenous Communities

Eduardo Duran

Transforming the Pain

Karen W. Saakvitne and Laurie Anne Pearlman

How to Be an Antiracist

Ibram X. Kendi

Wrong Place, Wrong Time: Trauma and Violence in the Lives of Young Black Men

John A. Rich, M.D. M.P.H.

Love and Rage: The Path of Liberation Through Anger

Lama Rod Owens

Restorative Yoga for Ethnic and Race-Based Stress and Trauma

Gail Parker

Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness: Practices for Safe and Transformative Healing

David A. Treleaven

The Myth of Normal

Gabor Mate

Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others

Laura Van Dernoot Lipsky and Connie Burk

Angela's Ashes: A Memoir

Frank McCourt

They Called Us Exceptional: And Other Lies That Raised Us

Prachi Gupta

Finding Me

Viola Davis

Educated: A Memoir

Tara Westover

The Glass Castle: A Memoir

Jeannette Walls

I'm Glad My Mom Died

Jennette McCurdy

When You're Ready, This Is How You Heal

Brianna Wiest

Unbroken: The Trauma Response Is Never Wrong: And Other Things You Need to Know to Take Back Your Life

MaryCatherine McDonald, Ph.D.

It’s Not You, It’s What Happened to You

Christine Courtois, Ph.D.

Healing Trauma: Attachment, Mindy, Body, and Brain

Daniel J Siegel, M.D. and Marion Solomon, Ph.D. 

The Complex PTSD Workbook: A Mind-Body Approach to Regaining Emotional Control and Becoming Whole

Arielle Schwartz, Ph.D.

The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Trauma and Adversity

Nadine Burke Harris, M.D.

Complex PTSD: From Surviving to Thriving: A Guide and Map for Recovering from Childhood Trauma

Pete Walker, LMFT

Trauma and Expressive Arts Therapy: Brain, Body, and Imagination in the Healing Process

Cathy A. Malchiodi, Ph.D.

What My Bones Know: A Memoir of Healing from Complex Trauma

Stephanie Foo

What Happened to You?: Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing

Dr. Bruce D. Perry, M.D. and Oprah Winfrey

Healing Trauma: A Pioneering Program for Restoring the Wisdom of Your Body

Peter A. Levine, Ph.D.

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.

Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence - from Domestic Abuse to Political Terror

Judith Herman, M.D.

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