Related Books

Love & Betrayal: Broken Trust in Intimate Relationships (1994)
John Amodeo, PhD.
From an sensitive and experienced couples counselor, this book is a primer in dealing with betrayal that also offers practical solutions.  “Focusing” is emphasized as a technique for managing pain and difficult emotions.  Nothing is more painful than broken trust, but we can heal.

Journey from Abandonment to Healing (2000)
Susan Anderson
A pioneering psychotherapist who established abandonment as the trauma it is. In her groundbreaking book, she outlines five stages of healing. She also offers exercises for healing the inner child.

When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times (2002)
Pema Chodron
The classic handbook of warm, straightforward advice from a beloved teacher in the Tibetan meditation tradition. How to deal with life difficulties,use painful emotions to cultivate wisdom and compassion.

Healing through the Dark Emotions: The Wisdom of Grief, Fear and Despair (2004)
Miriam Greenspan
Confronts cultural aversion to dark emotions, case studies, ‘emotional alchemy’ of acceptance, exercises to overcome feelings. Trough her loss of her infant son, she endured to meaning out of suffering.

Betrayal, Trust and Forgiveness (2004/1992)
Beth Hedya, Ph.D.
Explores many forms of betrayal (body, society, mother/father, planet) as rite of passage, theoretical, psychological, myths, stories, case studies.

Broken Open: How Difficult Times Help Us Grow (2004)
Elizabeth Lesser
Co-founder Omega Institute tells inspiring stories of difficulties,loss, transitions; how to hear call the of your soul. She frames every experience as gift in disguise.

The Dark Night of the Soul: A Psychiatrist Explores the Connection Between Darkness and Spiritual Growth (2005/1992)
Gerald May
A psychiatrist and spiritual teacher explores dark night as time of deep transition, giving dimension and fullness to spiritual life based on John of the Cross commentary.

Heartbreak: Recovering from Lost Love and Mourning (2011)
Ginette Paris
Examines neurobiological evidence that equates heartbreak with physical pain. Makes the case for a ‘jump in consciousness’ for reconfiguring neural pathways and healing this dangerous wound. She knows the territory and is a master of metaphors that will help you recognize and manage the heartache.

The Wisdom of the Broken Heart: How to Turn the Pain of a Breakup into Healing, Insight and New Love (2010)
Susan Piver
Thirty-three short chapters with helpful exercises for recovery from heartbreak. A mindfulness meditation orientation by warmhearted, witty meditation author and teacher.

The Gift of Betrayal: How to Heal Your Life When Your World Explodes (2009)
Eve A. Wood, M.D.
14 key lessons to heal your life. Self-
help, case studies.

See a list of trauma related books here.