Healing Resources

Here are some healing resources that I’ve come across in my own healing work. I’m a trauma survivor and artist; I’m not a licensed mental health professional or anything of the sort. I do like licensed therapists and encourage you to find one who is a good fit for you.

If it’s all too much

If you’re finding life entirely too much, please reach out for help. It turns out that people really like to help. Asking for help is a kind of gift, truly. You might try:

Crisis Text Line

Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Jennifer Hecht tells you why you should stay (On Being podcast)

Speaking of Suicide – Excellent resources from Dr. Stacey Freedenthal

If you have trauma in your body

Strongly recommend The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk and Peter Levine’s books including Waking the Tiger. Also, My Grandmother’s Hands by Resmaa Menakem.

For folks looking to do their own healing work, or self-educate on trauma, I loved Transforming the Living Legacy of Trauma by Janina Fischer. A fantastic workbook.

Resmaa Menakem talks about trauma & race (On Being)

Bessel van der Kolk, how trauma lodges in the body (On Being)

Peter Levine on healing trauma (Being Well podcast)

If you had a hard childhood

Pete Walker’s website is a great resource for childhood trauma and complex PTSD. Includes some free articles, therapy resources. His book Complex PTSD: From Surviving to Thriving is excellent.

Pete Walker on complex and developmental trauma (Being Well podcast)

What is CPTSD? (Beauty after Bruises)

For sciencey researchy types: Dr. Bruce Perry on developmental trauma (Being Well podcast)

Gabor Mate on how our childhood shapes every aspect of our lives (Motherkind podcast)

Also Gabor Mate’s movie The Wisdom of Trauma

The book Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents, Dr. Lindsay Gibson, is on fire.

On Shifting Toward Nonviolence

See the books of Thich Nhat Hanh, Pema Chodron, Tara Brach (Buddhist perspective)

All human beings should read Nonviolent Communication by Marshall Rosenberg

Then they should read The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz

Metta (Lovingkindness) meditation: See Sharon Salzberg’s short sweet book Lovingkindness

Transformational and restorative justice: Lots of voices here. Try Mariame Kaba (Chris Hayes interview), Sujatha Baliga (Vox Conversations inteview)

Imagining the nonviolent state with Ta’nehisi Coates, Ezra Klein

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Note to Evan. Add sections on addiction, depression and anxiety, loneliness, psychedelic therapy. Thanks–Evan

More to come…