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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: WW Norton (Feb. 13 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393709787
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393709780
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 2.5 x 24.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 540 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #50,827 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness is an especially important guide for safely adapting mindfulness and meditation practices for people who have experienced trauma. . . . [P]ractical, well-organized, and will undoubtedly help clinicians be more cautious and effective when using mindfulness approaches with clients who have trauma histories.
—The Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy

As soon as I finished reading this book, I began suggesting it to friends who are counselors as well as yoga teachers. . . . This book is an exceptional resource for therapists that includes case examples which offer an excellent overview of trauma and its effects. . . . I am grateful for the work that Treleaven is doing and that he has shared this insightful, caring, and valuable book.—Psych Central

A seminal work of
outstanding scholarship. . . . [I]mpressively informative,
exceptionally well written, organized and presented so as to be of enduring
value for both academia and the non-specialist general reader with an interest
in the subject.—Midwest Book Review

Meditation is sweeping through our culture, offering unprecedented potential for healing our psyches and transforming consciousness. Yet, like all powerful processes, if not well understood it can be misused and cause damage. This is particularly the case for those who are living with trauma. In his groundbreaking exploration of meditation and trauma, David Treleaven looks at this issue through multiple lenses, drawing on current research about the physiology and psycho-neurology of unprocessed trauma, and shining a light on the potential impact of a well articulated, popular, and highly regarded form of mindfulness meditations called Vipassana, or Insight meditation. This is essential and fascinating reading for meditation teachers, mental health practitioners, and all those who have suffered from trauma and want to engage on a meditative path in a wise and healing way.—Tara Brach, PhD, author, Radical Acceptance and True Refuge

David’s writing connects our inner and outer
work.  It locates mindfulness amidst the real, lived experiences of the
people practicing.  He acknowledges the trauma that so many of us
experience, and the healing that so many need.  And, as few in the
meditation world do, David reveals the reality and impact of social inequities,
and how they are at play in mindfulness training and practice, and trauma
healing.—Staci Haines, author of Healing Sex: A Mind-Body Approach to Healing Sexual Trauma

In this highly readable, sensitive, and respected volume, David Treleaven illuminates the hidden risks of mindfulness and meditation for those who have backgrounds of unresolved trauma. At the same time he offers practical ad protective strategies which greatly expands the reach of these vital practices to populations that previously were unable to benefit from them. Teachers of mindful practices, including meditation and yoga, as well as helping professionals of all sorts who endeavor to weave mindful practice into their work, will all find the wisdom in this book essential for helping traumatized students and clients.—Babette Rothschild, MSW, author, The Body Remembers, Volumes 1 & 2

About the Author

David A. Treleaven, PhD, is an educator and trauma professional whose work focuses on the intersection of trauma, mindfulness, and social justice. Trained in counseling psychology at the University of British Columbia, he received his doctorate in psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. He has been studying mindfulness for twenty years and has a private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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