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Images and sounds of war, natural disasters, and human-made devastation explicitly surround us and implicitly leave their imprint in our muscles, our belly and heart, our nervous systems, and the brains in our skulls. We each experience more digital data than we are capable of processing in a day, and this is leading to a loss of empathy and human contact. This loss of leisurely, sustained, face-to-face connection is making true presence a rare experience for many of us, and is neurally ingraining fast pace and split attention as the norm.   

Yet despite all of this, the ability to offer the safe sanctuary of presence is central to effective clinical treatment of trauma and indeed to all of therapeutic practice. It is our challenge to remain present within our culture, Badenoch argues, no matter how difficult this might be.   

The first part of The Heart of Trauma provides listeners with an extended understanding of the ways in which our physical bodies are implicated in our conscious and non-conscious experience. Badenoch then delves even deeper into the clinical implications of moving through the world. She presents a strong, scientifically grounded case for doing the work of opening to hemispheric balance and relational deepening.

©2018 Bonnie Badenoch (P)2020 Tantor

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Although this book is written for therapists, I still found it to be immensely helpful for making sense of my own life and those of others that are part of an honest recovery community. The holistic way that Badenoch approaches the topic, builds on her own work and the masterful insights that Iain McGilchrist offers to restore balance between the two hemispheres of the skull brain. The narrator brings the material to life with warmth and compassion.

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