Splintered Reflections: Images of the Body in Trauma


In trauma, when words fail, the body begins to speak. How can clinicians accurately and attentively "hear" the body and understand its messages? Useful both as a text and a professional handbook, Splintered Reflections is a detailed review of the physical symptoms and body-image distortions found after trauma, as well as a textbook of methods aimed at repairing the broken metaphors of the body so that a healthy mind-body relationship can be restored.

Among the various psychotherapeutic techniques explored are Freudian psychoanalytic theory, attachment theory, and trauma theory, all synthesized to form an interlocking framework within which the therapist can effectively listen, and stay with the messages from the patient's body. The reader is guided by detailed clinical examples drawn from an international group of trauma therapists that includes Barry Cohen, Richard Kluft, Bruce Perry, Valerie Sinason, and Onno van der Hart.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Bruce D. Perry
  • Ellert R. S. Nijenhuis
  • Onno Van Der Hart
  • Richard J. Loewenstein
  • Jean Goodwin
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 1999


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