Healing From Complex Trauma & PTSD/CPTSD

A journey to healing from complex trauma.

Such kind and supportive words, from Daniela F.Sieff :)

I am currently reading through an amazing body of work, about emotional trauma and healing…by Daniela Sieff Ph.D.

I highly recommend this book http://www.danielasieff.com/


Daniela, has been so supportive of my work, and shared some very kind words, which I am truly thankful for..

“Hi Lilly, REALLY appreciate the line you tread between deep compassion and empathy and acceptance, and yet not reifying the ‘victim identity’. Your posts have such ability to heal shame.”

“Lilly – thank you so much. Your page and your work is so nourishing and healing – it is moving to be recommended by you! “

And Daniela has so kindly shared my website too, stating “The website has thousands of visitors and its author writes with humanity, sensitivity and a deeply embodied understanding.”

I am still always so shocked when very educated, and insightful people, who’s careers are about trauma, speak highly of me and my work.

And so deeply thankful for this and their support.

This is some more info about the book…..and the conversations with several highly educated and insightful contributors…plus some endorsements…

The contributors have their roots in three interrelated perspectives, creating a uniquely layered and multi-faceted book.  (1) Psychotherapeutic perspectives take us inside the world of the unconscious mind and body to illuminate how emotional trauma distorts our relationships with ourselves and with other people (Donald Kalsched, Bruce Lloyd, Tina Stromsted, Marion Woodman).  (2) Neurobiological perspective explore how trauma impacts the systems that mediate our emotional lives and well-being (Ellert Nijenhuis, Allan Schore, Daniel Siegel).  (3) Evolutionary perspectives contextualise emotional trauma in terms of the legacy we have inherited from our distant ancestors (James Chisholm, Sarah Blaffer Hrdy, Randolph Nesse). 

Transforming lives affected by emotional trauma is possible, but it can be a difficult process both for those that carry trauma and for those who try to help them.  The insights shared in these lively and informative conversations can support and facilitate that process.

This book will therefore be a valuable resource for psychotherapists, psychologists, counsellors and other mental health professionals in practice and training, and also for members of the general public who are endeavouring to find ways through their own emotional trauma.

In addition, because emotional trauma often has its roots in childhood, this book will also be of interest and value to parents, teachers and anyone concerned with the care of children.


“This is a treasure chest of diverse perspectives on trauma. We are treated to a satisfying mix of leading evolutionary thinkers, stellar neurobiological researchers and distinguished Jungian and other psychotherapists, all offering rich and in-depth insights on a subject that requires inter-disciplinary joined-up thinking. Most importantly, the interview style works, and Sieff’s sensitive question-posing and surefooted comments and editing make the reading easy, vibrant and always stimulating.”

Graham Music is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist at the Tavistock and Portman Clinics in London UK, and author of Nurturing Natures (2010) and The Good Life (2014).

“Insightful and thought provoking: Sieff opens our eyes to a deeper understanding of how the brain, mind, and body can heal following emotional trauma. Interviews with pioneering psychotherapists, theorists, neurobiologists, and evolutionary researchers help us bridge the gap between clinical practice, theory, and research. A must read for all clinicians and researchers seeking insight into the workings of the mind following psychological trauma, as well as for lay-readers who seek to understand their own trauma and how it might be healed.”

Ruth A Lanius, MD, PhD, is the Harris Woodman Chair and Professor of Psychiatry, University of Western Ontario, and author of The Impact of Early Life Trauma on Health and Disease (2010) and Healing the Traumatised Self (2012)

“In my work with business leaders and management teams, as well as in my own life, I am continually reminded of the importance of health. Sieff makes accessible the latest, fascinating thinking about how psychological health is compromised by unaddressed trauma, and how that can be healed. I highly recommend ‘Understanding and Healing Emotional Trauma’ to all those seeking a deeper, yet practical and readable understanding of the process of healing trauma to create emotional well-being – whether for their work, or for their personal lives.”

Michael Rennie is the global leader of the Organisation, People and Leadership Practice at McKinsey & Company Management Consultants.

“This compelling collection of interviews with outstanding scholars and therapists of our day offers a creative and comprehensive understanding of trauma and its effects. Sieff’s book reveals her unique ability to distil the essence of the ideas of each of her subjects into a series of succinct but profound questions. She has shaped their replies into a book in which complex ideas concerning trauma are presented in an accessible conceptual frame. As such it will be of interest to many and a significant new resource for those who seek to integrate the best of the new thinking concerning trauma into their clinical practice.”

Margaret Wilkinson is a Jungian training analyst and author of Coming into Mind (2006) and Changing Minds in Therapy (2010).

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Author: Healing From Complex Trauma & PTSD/CPTSD

I am a survivor of complex and multiple trauma and abuse, who at the age of 40, began my healing journey. I am using my journey to recovery and healing, to help others, to help survivors feel less alone, validated, encouraged and to enable others to understand themselves more. Complex trauma, particularly from severe, prolonged childhood abuse, is profoundly life changing. Complex trauma produces complex adults. The journey to recovery is a painful, often lonely, emotional daily challenge and it is my aim to encourage others in their daily battle. ~ Lilly Hope Lucario

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