278 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    278 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Experiential Therapies for Treating Trauma offers 17 chapters, each focusing on a different experiential psychotherapy for treating trauma, written by clinicians with expertise in that modality. No other book contains descriptions of such a wide array of experiential therapies under one cover. Readers will obtain both a comprehensive overview of the many experiential therapies that are currently utilized and specific knowledge regarding how to utilize each of them in psychotherapy practice.

    The authors of each chapter emphasize that in working with clients impacted by trauma, there is a need for the use of therapeutic modalities that go beyond the cognitive processes central to talk therapy and incorporate more holistic, sensory approaches that emphasize the building of a strong relationship between the client and therapist. 

    Both experienced clinicians and students will find this book to be an invaluable resource to enhance their knowledge of how to use experiential therapies and to motivate them to obtain advanced training in modalities that spark their interest.


    1. Introduction: Overview of Experiential Psychotherapies for the Treatment of Trauma
    Shulamith Lala Ashenberg Straussner, Evan Senreich and Jordan Dann
    2. Trauma-Focused Psychodrama
    Scott Giacomucci and Haydn Briggs  
    3. Gestalt Therapy and Treatment of Trauma
    Alan Cohen  
    4. The Use of Expressive Arts Therapy for the Treatment of Trauma
    Jennifer Byxbee  
    5. Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy for the Treatment of Trauma
    Patricia O’Keefe Monteleone  
    6. Somatic Experiencing for the Treatment of Trauma
    Jordan Dann 
    7. Hakomi Mindfulness-Centered Somatic Psychotherapy
    Benjamin Kagedan and Rebecca Stone  
    8. Focusing-Oriented Therapy for the Treatment of Trauma
    Jeffrey L. Morrison and Riley Paterson  
    9. Emotion Focused Therapy for Complex Trauma: An Overview of the Model
    Anna Gartshore  
    10. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) in the 21st Century
    Noora Niskanen  
    11. Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: A Body-Centered Approach for the Treatment of Trauma
    Amy Gladstone  
    12. Using Internal Family Systems in the Treatment of Trauma
    Lia Avellino and Benjamin Seaman  
    13. Coherence Therapy for Traumatic Memory and Post-Traumatic Symptoms
    Bruce Ecker and Sara K. Bridges  
    14. Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy: A Model of Change and Transformation
    Ben Medley  
    15. Compassion Focused Therapy for the Treatment of Trauma
    Dennis Tirch and Talya Vogel
    6. The Way of the Four Dialogues: Using Chairwork Psychotherapy in the Treatment of Trauma
    Scott Kellogg and Amanda Garcia Torres  
    17. Conclusion: Synthesis and Future Directions 
    Evan Senreich, Shulamith Lala Ashenberg Straussner and Jordan Dann


    Evan Senreich, PhD, LCSW, is a professor of social work at Lehman College at the City University of New York and is a graduate of Gestalt Associates for Psychotherapy in New York.
    Shulamith Lala Ashenberg Straussner, PhD, LCSW, is professor emerita of New York University and was honored by NASW as a Social Work Pioneer for contributions in the areas of trauma and addictions.
    Jordan Dann, LP, is the author of Somatic Therapy for Healing Trauma and a faculty member at Gestalt Associates for Psychotherapy in New York.

    "A must read! There is a slow but sure consensus growing among mental health professionals and researchers that experiential work is a missing key ingredient to achieving profound clinical change. Many already suspect this but wonder how to actually implement it with their clients. This important volume answers this question, providing clear rationales, guidelines, and examples on how to unlock the powerful benefits of experiential treatments."
    Alexandre Vaz, PhD, director of training, Sentio Marriage and Family Therapy Program and Sentio Counseling Center

    "Every psychotherapist must learn about trauma and its treatment, and the field of contemporary psychotherapy includes more methods and forms of treatment than ever. This timely and tremendously valuable book provides a clear, balanced, and conveniently structured resource for understanding the similarities, differences, strengths, and limitations of therapies from an essential domain of trauma treatment."
    David S. Elliott, PhD, co-author of Attachment Disturbances in Adults

    "Experiential Therapies for Treating Trauma is a well-written book about an area of importance to all counselors and psychotherapists. The format offers the reader an opportunity to sample 15 different evidence-based approaches described by experts. I appreciated its breath and depth. It is a must read for anyone who works with trauma, whether a beginner or expert. I highly recommend it."
    Joseph Melnick, PhD, founding editor of Gestalt Review and co-author of The Evolution of the Cape Cod Model: Gestalt Conversation, Theory and Practice

    "Highlighting the critical role of the body in trauma recovery, Experiential Therapies for Treating Trauma is a vital resource for practitioners looking to deepen their understanding of integrative approaches to healing."
    Scott Lyons, founder of the Embody Lab