Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Trauma and Treatment by Pat Ogden and Janina Fisher

Written by Pat Ogden and Janina Fisher, (c) 2015, W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.

Personal Note

I consider myself very lucky to have had the opportunity to participate in trauma treatment training over time taught by one of the authors of this book, psychologist, Dr. Janina Fisher. That training has positively, significantly influenced me, and has also felt for me like a really good match/fit.

I consider this large book to be a rich and helpful resource. It has sections in it geared primarily to therapists and sections geared to both therapists and clients alike (sections, then, geared to all of us as we are all human, after all).


Dr. Kristin Neff’s Website

From her website: “Kristin Neff, Ph.D. is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on self-compassion, being the first one to operationally define and measure the construct over a decade ago. In addition to her pioneering research into self-compassion, she has developed an eight-week program to teach self-compassion skills in daily life, co-created with her colleague Dr. Chris Germer, called Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC). Her book, Self-Compassion, was published by William Morrow in April, 2011.”

Kristin is another person who I have been influenced by in my life and work and toward whom I feel gratitude.

Kristin’s website is full of resources. A few I will highlight here are (1) guided mindful self-compassion meditations she recorded and has freely offered for personal use; (2) an extensive compilation of self-compassion research to explore; (3) a self-compassion self-assessment tool.


Dr. Chris Germer’s Website

“Chris Germer is a clinical psychologist, meditation practitioner, author and teacher of mindfulness and compassion in psychotherapy and everyday life. He is also co-developer of the mindful self-compassion training program.” (from website)

Although I haven’t yet had the opportunity to meet him, Chris Germer is someone who has influenced me personally and professionally in significant, if not profound, ways.

Among a variety of things you will find on his website are several guided mindful self-compassion meditations he recorded and has provided freely for your personal use.


CFT Made Simple: A Clinician’s Guide to Practicing Compassion-Focused Therapy by Russell Kolts

Russell is a friend of mine, an inspiration to many, and a wonderful person. In his book, CFT Made Simple (2016) “you’ll learn about compassion-focused therapy (CFT), a therapy that focuses on the purposeful cultivation of compassion, the skills and strengths that flow from it, and how to use these to work effectively with human suffering” (Kolts, CFT Made Simple, 2016, p. 1).

When we see what we’re up against—the situation we’re all in together, just by virtue of having human lives—there’s a deep realization that can arise: With all the potential suffering and struggle that we and all humans will face, compassion is the only response that makes sense. —Russell Kolts, CFT Made Simple, p. 1


Mindful Compassion by Paul Gilbert and Choden

Mindful compassion: how the science of compassion can help you understand your emotions, live in the present, and connect deeply with others is, in my opinion, a superb book written by Paul Gilbert, PhD and Choden, (c) 2014, New Harbinger Publications, Inc.


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