By Norman Doidge:

  • The Brain’s Way of Healing. Remarkable discoveries and recoveries from the frontiers of brain science.
  • The Brain That Changes Itself. Stories of personal triumph from the frontiers of brain science.

Dr. Doidge’s books are all about neuroplasticity and the capacity for our brain, body and our human spirit to heal. He uses case studies and interesting vignettes to explain the science. I’m always going back to these for reference and reflection. 


By Peter Levine:

  • Waking The Tiger. Healing trauma.
  • In An Unspoken Voice. How the body release stress and restores goodness.

 Peter Levine demonstrates in his books the power of our biological stress responses, how trauma affects us and what must be done to come out of it. He also uses case studies to demonstrate the body’s capacity to heal and recover after trauma. 

[Peter Levine is the founder of the work I practice, Somatic Experiencing, and I’ve had the great pleasure to help and assist at his Master Classes that he teaches throughout the USA. You can watch a video I shot that explains a little bit about him and his discoveries HERE.]

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By Gabor Maté:

  • When The Body Says No. The cost of hidden stress.
  • Scattered Minds. The origins and healing of attention deficit disorder.
  • In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts. Close encounters with addictions.

Gabor Maté is one of my favourite authors! He uses case studies from his own medical practice as well as his own personal stories all woven together with research and science. He is a superb writer! 

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By Donna Jackson Nakazawa:

  • Childhood Disrupted. How your biography becomes your biology and how you can heal.

Donna Jackson Nakazawa is a science journalist who has been on the search for all things wellness when it comes to healing from autoimmune disease. She herself once suffered from a autoimmune disease and also had a traumatic early start to her young teenage years. In her studies, she became fascinated with the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACE study for short) and how this study gives us important information regarding the relationship between early childhood experience and adult health.

[I had the pleasure of interviewing Donna a little while back, here is a blog post that will link to our chat together.]

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By Bessel Van Der Kolk:

  • The Body Keeps The Score. Brain, mind and the body in the healing of trauma.

Dr. Van Der Kolk’s book looks at the history of trauma, psychology and psychiatry and how important it is to work with and study the body when it comes to healing traumatic events and stressful experiences of the past. 

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