Body Inclusive Trauma Therapy | What is Trauma? |  Therapy Options | Resources

Here’s what we’re currently reading, listening to and watching at the ATC:

Currently the ATC members are making their way through My Grandmother’s Hands by Resmaa Menakem, which is a book with practice exercises examining white-body-supremacy in America from the perspective of trauma and body-centered psychology.

A number of members are also training in Somatic Experiencing (Peter Levine) and Deep Brain Orienting (Frank Corrigan)

Support Lines, Websites and Organizations

NAME: Details Contact Hours of support/service
Blue Knot



Empowering recovery from complex trauma –

Helpline and Redress Support Service


or email

8.30am – 4.30pm Monday – Sunday including Public Holidays
1800Respect National Sexual Assault Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service 1800737732 24 hours a day/7 days per week
Beyond Blue


Support for people experiencing anxiety or depression 1300 224 636 24 hours a day/7 days per week
Domestic Violence and Aboriginal Family Violence Gateway Service Support for families experiencing domestic and family violence 1800 800 098 24 hours a day/7 days per week
Kids Helpline Helpline for children 1800 551 800 24 hours a day/7 days per week
Lifeline Crisis support and suicide prevention helpline 131 114 24 hours a day/7 days per week
Lived Experience Telephone Support Service (LETSS) Assist people in the Adelaide Metro Region to access mental health support during the hours of via phone or web chat. 1800 013 755
Web Chat
5pm – 11:30pm, 365 days a year
MensLine Australia Support, information and referral service 1300 789 978 24 hours a day/7 days per week
Pregnancy, Birth and Baby Helpline Information and counselling service 1800 882 436 24 hours a day/7 days per week
Suicide Call Back Service Crisis counselling for people at risk of suicide, carers for someone who is suicidal and those bereaved by suicide 1300 659 467 24 hours a day/7 days per week
Salvation Army Welfare organisation 1300 363 622 24 hours a day/7 days per week
SANE Helpline Mental health support and information 1800 187 263 Monday to Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm
Translating and Interpreting Service Translation services 131 450 24 hours a day/7 days per week
SHINE SA Sexual health information (08) 8300 5300 Monday to Friday 9:00am – 1:00pm
Parentline Australia Support, counselling and parent education 1300 301 300 Monday to Friday 9:00am – 9:00pm
My Aged Care Support through the aged care system 1800 200 422 Monday to Friday 8:00am – 8:00pm
Saturday 10:00am – 2:00pm
Legal Helpline Free legal help 1800 366 424 Monday to Friday 9:00am – 4:30pm
Grief and Loss Service Support for people experiencing grief and loss 08 8131 3400 Monday to Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm
Gambling Helpline Support for people affected by gambling 1800 858 858 24 hours a day/7 days per week
Family Relationship Advice Line Telephone services for families affected by relationship and separation issues 1800 050 321 Monday to Friday 8:00am – 8:00pm
Saturday 10:00am – 4:00pm (excluding national public holidays)
Family Drug Support Support for families affected by alcohol and other drugs 1300 368 186 24 hours a day/ 7 days per week
Crisis Care Crisis Care provides an after-hours response to immediate child abuse and neglect matters, and crisis situations relating to children who are under the Guardianship of the Minister 131 611 Monday to Friday 4:00pm – 9:00pm
24 hours on weekends and public holidays
Child Abuse Report Line (CARL) Reporting child protection concerns 131 478 24 hours a day/7 days per week
Health Direct Australia Telephone advice line staffed by nurses to provide expert health advice and information 1800 022 222 24 hours a day/7 days per week

How is somatic-oriented psychotherapy different and why is it useful?



Dr Andrew Harkin

MIND THE GAP: Moving from Brain to Body

2016 Ted Talk This TED talk by Dr Andy Harkin explores the importance of reclaiming a sense of health/wellness and a sense of belonging in the body which he believes are our birthright. At ATC we are drawn to these ideas presented in Andy’s talk and we hope you enjoy it. The link below takes you to the TED Talk and a brief description of Dr Andy Harkin’s engagement with body sensitive trauma therapy. Do watch it!

Bessel van Der Kolk

The Body Keeps the Score;

The Body Keeps the Score Workbook







Peter Levine


Healing Trauma







Book & CD


CD includes description about the impacts of trauma with exercises to begin to come safely in contact with your body and regulate physiological arousal.


Pat Ogden, Kekuni Minton & Claire Pain


Trauma and the Body

2006 Book A seminal book. Dense and comprehensive. Provides a lot of integrated information about the neuroscience underpinning Pat Ogden’s therapeutic approach.
Babette Rothschild

The Body Remembers: The Psychophysiology of Trauma and Trauma Treatment

The Body Remembers Casebook: Unifying Methods and Models in the Treatment of Trauma and PTSD

Trauma Essentials: The Go to Guide




















Janina Fisher:

Transforming the Living Legacy of Trauma: A Workbook for Survivors and Therapists

When words are not enough: working from the bottom up







Here Janina offers some practical sensorimotor methods for resolving the impacts of trauma.

In this video Janina provides an explanation for why somatic-oriented psychotherapy approaches are useful in the resolution of trauma:

[ExcerptWhen Words are Not Enough: Working from the Bottom-Up
Echo Parenting Conference Workshop 2013


Halko Weiss, Greg Johanson, Lorena Monda (Eds)

Hakomi Mindfulness-Centred Somatic Psychotherapy

A Comprehensive Guide to Theory and Practice







Livia Shapiro

The Somatic Therapy Workbook: Stress-Relieving Exercises for Strengthening the Mind-Body Connection and Sparking Emotional and Physical Healing









Useful information or resources on somatic-oriented methods to treating trauma:


Peter Levine

Waking the Tiger Healing Trauma

1997 Book In this seminal book, Peter Levine shares his observations from nature, including wild animals, and how this is connected to awakening our own capacities to move through the impacts of trauma somatically.
Pat Ogden, Kekuni Minton & Claire Pain

Trauma and the Body

2006 Book See above
John Brier: trauma theorist specialising in adolescents Web site USC Adolescent Trauma Training Centre
Peter Levine: founder of Somatic Experiencing Web site Somatic Experiencing 

Somatic Experiencing Australian website:

Pat Ogden: founder of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Web site Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute:  

Babette Rothschild: founder of Somatic Trauma Therapy Web site Somatic Trauma Therapy

Bessel van Der Kolk: founder of the Trauma Centre Web site Boston Trauma Centre

Hakomi Therapy Web site Australian Hakomi:


Deb Dana: Social Work Practitioner focused on bringing the Polyvagal theory into practice.

Polyvagal Exercises for Safety and Connection

Rhythm of Regulation Website






Web site

Web link

Deb Dana explores methods to befriend our nervous systems in order to understand what we need to feel safe, connect with others, make choices in the 50 practice tools.


Deb Dana’s website offers training, resources, podcasts, information and more:


Here she offers a tool to calm the nervous system based upon your own personal profile:

Janina Fisher Web site Janina has an extensive list of organisations, books, articles, and other online databases on neurobiological and somatic resources for trauma:

Stephen Porges:

The Pocket Guide to Polyvagal Theory: The Transformative Power of Feeling Safe

What is Polyvagal Theory?




Web link


Stephen Porges developed the Polyvagal Theory where he explores the role of the Vagus nerve in human responses to connection and threat and how to promote feelings of safety working directly through the nervous system.


Some key texts and links on the impacts of traumatic experience in the body

Julietta Cerin

Trauma Fact Sheet


2021 2022 Trauma fact sheet (PDF Download) a useful summary outline of the effect of trauma in our lives and relationships
Gabor Matè


▪ The Wisdom of Trauma

2021 Video Documentary This documentary explores the lasting impacts of developmental trauma including changes to self-perception, negative beliefs, tendencies to substance use, as well as the more commonly understood intrusive impacts of trauma.  Gabor shares his own history of trauma and the approach he’s developed to resolve trauma impacts.  As a qualified doctor, Gabor also looks as the use of psychedelics as a potential therapeutic tool for working with negative perceptions related to trauma. The Wisdom of Trauma is occasionally broadcast for free on the following link:
Peter Levine Web link Peter Levine from Somatic Experiencing discusses the physiological causes of trauma and how the body releases symptoms related to fight, flight and freeze:

Blue Knot Foundation Web site Blue Knot Foundation is Australia’s National Centre of Excellence for Complex Trauma (interpersonal violence, abuse, neglect or exploitation) focussed exclusively on advocating for and empowering recovery for the more than 5 million adults impacted by complex trauma. This includes 1 in 4 adult Australians who have experienced childhood trauma.

Blue Knot

Carolyn Spring Website, books, courses, blog & podcast Carolyn Spring survived devastating childhood trauma and has recovered from Dissociative Identity Disorder. Her website is full of wonderful information and support focussed on ‘reversing adversity’.
Carolyn Spring 2021 Blog What is Trauma?


 Some key texts and links on understanding trauma related dissociation and the body


Nijenhuis, Van der Hart & Steel:

▪  The Haunted Self  – dense – for therapists

▪  Trauma-related structural dissociation of the personality from David Baldwin’s Trauma Information Pages website – overview of the book.












Kathy Steele, Suzette Boon, Onno van der Hart

▪   Treating Trauma Related Dissociation, A Practical Integrated Approach

▪  Coping with Trauma Related Dissociation – both books suitable for therapists and clients









Janina Fisher

▪  Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors – Overcoming Internal Self Alienation – also written for both therapists and clients

2017 Book


Some key texts and links on complex trauma and the body


Arielle Schwartz

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

2020 Book


Some key texts and links on alternative sensory-body-oriented methods to treat trauma:


Trauma Sensitive Yoga



David Emerson, Eliz Hopper

▪   Overcoming Trauma Through Yoga – Reclaiming Your Body










Bo Forbes

▪  Yoga for emotional balance: simple practices to help relieve anxiety and depression.


















Web Link

















Cranio-Sacral Therapy Web links

Deep Brain Re-Orienting Web link Frank Corrigan has developed a trauma psychotherapy to address attachment shock and stabilize people living with chronically dysregulated traumatized bodies so that processing of original traumatic injuries can safely occur.

Havening Web Link Dr Kate Truit explains the Havening Techniques and the link below includes a demonstration video by Kate on self havening:

EMDR Web Link


Radix Therapy Web link


Body-Mind Centering


Developed by Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen – BMC is an embodied approach to movement, body and consciousness. Support to mindfully (re)contact and inhabit the body can contribute significantly to trauma recovery,

Web link


5 Rhythms and Continuum Web link



Some key texts and links on somatic first aid for children and adolescents with trauma


Peter Levine & Maggie Kline Trauma Through A Child’s Eyes Book



Some key texts and links on embodied trauma counselling and relationships


Diane Poole Heller:

▪  The Power of Attachment

▪  Healing your Attachment Wounds: How to Create Deep and Lasting Intimate Relationships




Sheri Zala Complex Couples: Multi-theoretical Couples Counselling with Traumatised Adults Who have a History of Child Sexual Abuse 2012 Article Download file here
Rob Fisher Web Link A Hakomi therapist who practices and teaches experiential body-oriented psychotherapy with couples.  Link to his website here:


Halko Weiss

▪  A Hakomi therapist who teaches H.E.A.R.T – body-oriented psychotherapy with couples

Web Link


Stan Tatkin

▪  Developed PACT – a psychobiological approach to couples therapy that integrates developmental neuroscience, regulation and attachment theory.

▪   Has a number of well known and loved books for couples.



Web link






Some key texts and links on trauma related substance use or addictions and working with these through the body


Gabor Matè


▪  In the Realm of the Hungry Ghosts

2018 Book
Alexandra Katehakis Web link




Web link

In this lecture Alexander Katehakis explores her theories regarding sex addiction as it relates to trauma and affect dysregulation


In this lecture Alexander Katehakis discusses a neurobiological understanding of the basis of sex addiction as it relates to developmental trauma & integrating left and right brain hemispheres.  She also explores how the seven motivational systems that underscore human emotions, in particular the SEEKING systems are connected to substances or sex addictions giving some understanding into the neurobiology of cravings:


Some key texts and links on trauma and autoimmune illness or undiagnosed or chronic physical pain


Peter Levine & Maggie Phillips

Freedom from Pain


2012 Two CD pack
Gabor Matè

When the Body Says No: Understanding the Stress Disease Connection

2019 Book
Rob Scaer

▪  The Body Bares the Burden: Trauma, Dissociation and Disease

2014 Book
Janina Fisher

Chronic Pain and Trauma

Web link Here Janina Fisher explains why chronic pain can sometimes result from traumatic memories as the implicit memories continue to exist in ongoing altered forms



Curable offers some alternative approaches to treating chronic pain related to trauma including some bite sized input into body mindfulness and resetting the nervous system when it’s affected by chronic pain:

A Path Out of Pain Path out of Pain is a Melbourne based organisation focusing on recovery from chronic fatigue conditions and other chronic pain.  The information page on Path out of Pain has lots of articles and resources specifically related to chronic pain and fibromyalgia:

Irene Lyon a Somatic Experiencing and Somatic Practice practitioner Web Link A You Tube clip of an interview between Irene Lyons and Kathy Kain:


Working with adrenal fatigue through the stress organs:

Robin Karr-Morse

▪  Scared Sick: The Role of Childhood Trauma in Adult Disease





Rebekah LaDyne

▪  The Mind-Body Stress Reset: Somatic Practices to Reduce Overwhelm & Increase Well-Being






Some key texts and links on help for the helpers, supervision of trauma counselling and working with traumatised clients through embodied approaches


Babette Rothschild

▪  Eight Keys to Safe Trauma Therapy

▪  Help for the Helper







Dr Lesley Porter

PhD Thesis on Trauma therapy, the therapeutic relationship and therapist’s creative practices

Text Therapists crafting practices in trauma therapy: a relational and dialogical engagement with poiesis, self-discovery and transformation in the unnamed, poetic, sacred and spiritual moments of therapeutic relationships explores the way trauma therapist’s engage with unnamed moments of creativity and discovery in their therapeutic relationships and how through these unnamed moments they make their unique therapy practices and become authentic expressions of who they are in the world.

Download Thesis by Dr Lesley Porter


Sheri Zala Clinical Supervision: Three frameworks for the exploration of shame and anxiety  




Download article here
Carrie Clarke et al,

▪  Treating the Trauma Survivor: An Essential Guide to Trauma Informed Care





Cathy Kezelman & Pam Stavropoulos

▪  Guidelines for Clinical Supervisors of Therapists who Work with Complex Trauma and Dissociation.






Clinical Guidelines


 Some key texts and links on reclaiming embodied sexual health after trauma


Diedre Fay

Becoming Safely Embodied





Kimberley Ann Johnson

▪  Call of the Wild: How We Heal Trauma, Awaken our Own Power, and Use It for Good





Call of the Wild: How We Heal Trauma, Awaken our Own Power, and Use It for Good
Adrienne Maree Brown

▪    Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good





Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good
Emily Nagoski

▪  The Truth About Unwanted Sexual Arousal

▪  Come As You Are






TED Talk link






Some key texts and links on trauma related shame and the body


Peter Levine from Somatic Experiencing Web link An interview with Peter Levine from Somatic Experiencing discussing how shame is a physiological break on the nervous system and how we can process this through the body:

Janina Fisher

▪  Shame – 3 Tips for Breaking the Cycle


YouTube clip



Janina explains some neurobiologically informed ways of understanding shame:


Patricia A. De Young

▪  Understanding and Treating Chronic Shame – A Relational/Neurobiological Approach


Understanding shame as a relational injury via a thoughtful, humane and scientific approach.

2015 Book Understanding and Treating Chronic Shame – A Relational/Neurobiological Approach


Some key texts and links on nurturing embodied resilience and health following trauma


Kathy Kain

▪  Nurturing Resilience

2019 Book Kathy Kain is one of the head trainers for Somatic Experiencing and the developer of her own method Somatic Practice.  She draws upon years of experience doing hands-on body work as an Orthobionomy practitioner focusing on how to remind the body how to return to a state of balance and health.



Maggie Phillips

▪  Finding Energy to Heal

2000 Book
Peter Levine Web link Peter Levine provides a simple breath-sound-somatic practice to help ease discomfort or feelings of despair:

Peter Levine Web link Somatic practices for relaxing the jaw and TMJ symptoms related to fight, flight and freeze:

Kristen Neff and Chris Germer

▪  Self Compassion


Web site Here Self Kristin Neff and Chris Germer provide useful information on practising self-compassion:

Rick Hanson Web site;

Pod Casts;


You Tube Clip

Rick Hanson is a Buddhist teacher and leader in practicing mindfulness and self compassion.  His website has lots of free resources:


In this 2013 Ted Talk Rick Hanson explores his neurobiological theories on hardwiring happiness:


Guided Meditations


Deep Rest Meditation

Roland Bal Web site Roland Bal, has a range of trauma information and guided meditations on his website tailored for traumatised nervous systems:

Guided meditations- Centre for Mindful Self Compassion



Web site Free guided meditations can be found at their website:


Vidyamaia Burch and Breathwork



Web site Practicing breathwork can be a useful tool during times of stress and or being triggered.

Vidyamala Burch, Introductory video on breathwork:


Jennifer Reis Yoga


Web site Jennifer Reis practices Divine Sleep and Yoga Nidra, and explores ways to achieve Deep Transformational Rest


Useful practical resources


Calm Harm App App based support to manage urges to self harm by regulating strong emotions and promoting self care.
Insight Timer App Lots of guided practices to manage anxiety and other dysregulated emotions, manage stress and improve sleep.
David Whyte Poetry Text
Deepak Chopra Podcast Daily Breath Podcast
Johnella Bird: The Hearts Narrative- Relational Narrative Orientation to Therapy Text
Rick Hanson Guided Meditations Audio
Eckhart Tolle You tube link Stop the brain from thinking

Reginald Ray

▪  Your Breathing Body


The Awakening Body: somatic meditation for discovering your deepest life.









Body Based meditation practices. Vol I and II.




Sounds True Website link Website with links to purchase an extensive range of meditations, resources and information on healing from trauma, podcast, and training workshops: