The National Council for Behavioral Health estimates that seven out of every ten people you know will experience a trauma during their lifetimes – perhaps even you. When that happens, though, what do you do? For speaker and mental health advocate Jessi Beyer, it meant doing nothing and avoiding therapy like the plague.
What she did not know, though, is that there were alternatives to talk therapy. You could spend time with horses, go on a walk through the woods, or dance your way through healing. If you are moving through your trauma healing journey and are looking for an alternative to talk therapy, then you have landed in the right place. How To Heal details nine natural and integrative therapy methods that can be a powerful addition to your healing journey:
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Craniosacral Therapy
- Mindfulness and Meditation
- Dance-Movement Therapy
- Trauma-Sensitive Yoga
- Equine-Assisted Therapy
- Canine-Assisted Therapy
- Ecotherapy and Nature-Based Therapies
- Flower Essence Therapy
Written by a fellow trauma survivor, How To Heal includes information beyond the therapies to help you understand what trauma is, how it affects your life, and how you can help someone who struggles with a past traumatic experience.
By taking home How To Heal, you help more than just you and your loved ones. 50% of the profits from all book sales will be donated to the Pararescue Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports and preserves the pararescue community during and after their time in uniform.
"Although much still remains to be learned about releasing one’s trauma, Jessi Beyer takes the reader by the hand and personally shows them how to manage their painful story. In an extremely reader-friendly fashion, Jessi Beyer introduces you to her personal experience of trauma. Beyer shares her breakthroughs and lessons learned on her own journey, writing from one trauma survivor to another. How to Heal: A Practical Guide To Nine Natural Therapies You Can Use To Release Your Trauma is an engaging, hands-on guide to understanding trauma-and stressor-related disorders. Detailed examples of methods to heal from trauma include: EMDR, mindfulness, meditation, and trauma-sensitive yoga. Other therapies mentioned: craniosacral, dance-movement, flower essence, equine-assisted, canine-assisted, ecotherapy and nature-based therapies. This practical and useful book is also valuable for family and friends of those who are traumatized. As a thanatologist, I have seen how suicide and other traumatic losses, impact the lives of clients. For that reason, I also highly recommend this book for clinicians who care about Trauma-Informed Care." - Barbara Rubel, MA, BCETS, D.A.A.E.T.S., Author, Executive Director of Griefwork Center Inc., and Diplomate, American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress in collaboration with the National Center for Crisis Management
“Jessi Beyer shares such a stunningly courageous and intimate view of what trauma looks and feels like for women. This book is so needed to help women young and old understand how trauma therapy works and how much more effective it is for healing us than traditional talk therapy. She also introduces so many of the somatic or body resourcing approaches that allow us to integrate trauma work into the body where it is processed and stored safely, such as movement therapy and mindfulness, and equine therapies. As a somatic IFS Therapist (Internal Family Systems Therapy or Parts Work) and Meditation Teacher, I have used these tools for resourcing or grounding for 15 years and these tools prepare clients so that they are able to do trauma work. The combination of approaches allows the work to progress quicker, as Jessi shows. It is time for the rest of the world to understand what many of us have been training and doing for many decades –healing trauma through the body safely. This book is a wonderful contribution to getting that important healing news to more women now!” – Donna Roe Daniell, LCSW, RYT, Founder of Women In Transformation, and author of Handbook to Midlife Challenges for Women--My story
"I read through your book and learned SO MUCH! You touched on therapies that I have been interested in and loved your approach to discussing them. I loved the way that you handled each and the multiple approaches to each and above all the respect for the person who was healing - beautifully done! I appreciated the ones you chose and why you chose them. I appreciated your final chapters so incredibly much as well - what to do/say and what not to do/say was incredibly helpful. Throughout you showed so much respect for people going through this process, both those healing from the trauma and those supporting them! Your book is beautiful and rich and full of helpful insight. THANK YOU! Your book has already made a difference in how I work with people with trauma and will continue to do so! THANK YOU!” – Heather Jeffrey, MA, LADC, CTC, EAGALA Model Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Advanced Certified Practitioner, and COO of Acres for Life
"Right from the beginning, How To Heal introduces us to the authors trauma story in an authentic and vulnerable narrative. Her personal journey into the healing process informs the book throughout as she takes us to discover an array of exciting therapeutic interventions emerging over recent decades all of which share the backing of a growing body of empirical evidence and inquiry. She weaves a non-pharmacological web of integrative therapies deftly colored in by her matter-of-fact and practical testimony. The undersong of the book is clear: among the pain there is power; among the ordinary there is hope. The honesty of her experience is inspirational to all of us who have experienced (or know of someone who has experienced) trauma. I say ‘read it’. You'll uncover a treasure chest filled with gems.” – Jean Larson, PhD, HTR, CTRS, Graduate Faculty and Nature-Based Therapeutics Faculty Lead at the University of Minnesota
An excellent read for individuals who’ve both experienced trauma personally and loved ones who want to understand them better. For someone who had a limited understanding of trauma, How To Heal deepened my knowledge of it in a detailed but easy-to-understand way.
Worth Buying: Yes; recommended for any dealing with or dealing with an individual diagnosed with a mental illness. How to Heal is a great reference book that can be read cover to cover, or you mix up the order and read chapters or sections that resonate with you.