Healing from Trauma (Resources to Help Children Heal)

The following is a list of recommended reading for helping children heal from traumatic experiences.  A special thank you to Conscious Woman presenter Stephanie Mines, Ph.D. for compiling this list.  To learn more directly from Dr. Mines, attend our Helping Children Find Resilience and Balance after Trauma online workshop!


Blechschmidt, Erich, The Ontogenetic Basis of Human Anatomy, Berkeley, CA, North Atlantic Books, 2004.

Bowlby, John, Attachment, Loss, Separation (three volumes), London, Tavistock Institute of Human Relations, 1982.

Chamberlain, David, Babies Remember Birth, Los Angeles, Tarcher, 1988.

Eliot, Lise, What’s Going On In There? – How The Brain and Mind Develop in the First Five Years of Life, NY, Bantam, 1999.

Fitzpatrick, Jean Grasso, Once Upon A Family: Read-Aloud Stories and Activities that Nurture Healthy Kids, NY, Penguin, 1998.

Gerhardt, Sue, Why Love Matters: How Affection Shapes A Baby’s Brain, NY, Routledge, 2004.

Hallowell, Edward, MD, Driven to Distraction, NY, Simon and Schuster, 1994.

Hallowell, Edward, MD, Answers to Distraction, NY, Bantam, 1994.

Hersch, Patricia, A Tribe Apart: A Journey Into the Heart of American Adolescence, NY, Ballantine, 1999.

Levine, Peter and Kline, Maggie, Trauma Through A Child’s Eyes: Infancy through Adolescence, Berkeley, CA, North Atlantic Books, 2007.

Liedloff, Jean, The Continuum Concept: In Search of Happiness Lost, London, Penguin, 1986.

Mahler, Margaret S., The Psychological Birth of the Human Infant, NY, Basic Books, 1975.

Mines, Stephanie, The Dreaming Child: How Children Can Help Themselves Recover from Illness and Injury, CO, The Dom Project, 2000.

Mines, Stephanie, We Are All in Shock: How Overwhelming Experience Shatters You and What You Can Do About It, NJ, New Pages, 2003.

Moore, Robin, Awakening the Hidden Storyteller: How to Build A Storytelling Tradition in Your Family, Boston, Shambhala, 1991.

Moberg, Kerstin Uvnas, The Oxytocin Factor: Tapping the Hormone of Calm, Love and Healing, NJ, DaCapo Press, 2003.

Perry, Bruce, MD, The Boy Who Was Raised As A Dog: What Traumatized Children Can Teach Us About Loss, Love, and Healing, Cambridge, MA, Basic Books, 2006.

Remen, Rachel Naomi, Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories that Heal, NY, Riverhead, 1996.

Siegal, Daniel and Hartzell, Mary, Parenting From the Inside Out, NY, Penguin, 2003.

Share, Lynda, If Someone Speaks, It Gets Lighter: Dreams and the Reconstruction of Infant Trauma, NJ and London, Analytic Press, 1994.

Stepansky, Paul E., The Memoirs of Margaret S. Mahler, New York, Macmillan, 1988.

Stepp, Laura Sessions, Our Last Best Shot: Guiding Our Children Through Early Adolescence, NY, Penguin, 2000.

Upledger, John, A Brain is Born, Berkeley, CA, North Atlantic Books, 1996.