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Transforming Trauma

Trauma comes to all of us sooner or later. Learn safe and practical ways to explore, grow through, and move beyond trauma. James S. Gordon, a Harvard-educated psychiatrist, has worked with US military personnel and traumatized people in Kosovo, Israel, Gaza, and Haiti, and in his Washington, D.C. practice.

Psychological trauma—suffering the losses we most dread or being wounded where we are most vulnerable—can cause chaos in previously ordered lives, freeze progress in active ones, or both. But it can also be deeply transforming. In this program, you learn to

  • Understand the psychobiology of trauma
  • Identify post-traumatic stress symptoms
  • Practice meditation to quiet agitation and gain perspective
  • Use self-expression and group support to relieve stress and trauma
  • Resolve psychological numbing and physical freezing
  • Appreciate the spiritual growth trauma can bring.

Required reading James S. Gordon, Unstuck: Your Guide to the Seven-Stage Journey Out of Depression.

Recommended reading Stephen Cope, The Great Work of Your Life; Robert M. Sapolsky, Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers; Marion Solomon, Healing Trauma; and Bessel A. van der Kolk, The Body Keeps the Score.

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James S. Gordon, MD, is founder and director of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine. His work with psychological trauma has been featured on 60 Minutes.

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