Book Review – Posttraumatic play in children: What clinicians need to know

October 23, 2023

By Eliana Gil2017The Guilford Press Eliana Gil’s gentle and sensitive approach to children and their families is evident throughout her book on posttraumatic play therapy. She calls her approach Trauma-Focused Integrative Play Therapy (TFIPT). Dr. Gil aims her book towards clinicians, mainly focusing on complex, chronic, and ‘unrelenting’ Type II traumas, which include multiple types…


Book Review – The blue dragonfly: Healing through poetry

June 22, 2023

By Veronica Eley2021Hidden Brook Press Veronica Eley’s The Blue Dragonfly: healing through poetry offers an unusually poignant testament of the poet’s decades-spanning struggle with traumatic after-effects in daily life. Eley’s poems trace a lifelong struggle with mental illness that first emerges in childhood. By age 7 she was: “alreadyshowing signsof emotionaldisturbancebipolarin today’s terms.” She portrays…


Book Review – Emotional Neglect and the Adult in Therapy: Lifelong Consequences to a Lack of Early Attunement

March 20, 2023

Stauffer, K. A. (2021)W. W. Norton & Company I believe it was during a conference in 2015 when I first heard Martin Teicher talk about the impact of neglect in young children; how there was growing evidence that in comparing the “neglect trajectory” and “abuse trajectory” for the deleterious impact on the developing brain, neglect…