Stories and storytellers: The thinking mind, the heart, the body



This book as been written to help children with histories of trauma and adversity better understand why they think, feel, and somatically respond to the present the way they do. This book offers a nonjudgmental approach to understanding the legacy and symptoms that result from trauma. I addition, this book offers a way to address children’s tendencies toward avoidance, resistance, and reluctance to embrace the memories of hardship. Children and adolescents with complex-developmental trauma had to adapt and survive; as a result, they present with a number of mechanisms of adaptation, such as dissociation, avoidance, role reversal, and control, as well as many others.

Moreover, children have the great challenge of accessing early memories encoded as their brains were just starting to develop higher cognitive capacities. These memories exist procedurally in the form of sensations and motor patterns that make it difficult for children to understand, explore, and process them. This book uses child-friendly language to explain such implicit memories and direct the child’ attention to access them.

Children may be reluctant to explore emotions and feelings because they may have not developed enough affect tolerance or because they have a phobia of their emotional states. The use of language of stories is fresh, new, and nonjudgmental in nature and takes non-pathologizing approach.

This book is especially designed for mental health professionals trained in EMDR therapy to use with children they treat. Please use caution if you are not an EMDR professional.






Ana Gomez

Original Work Citation

Gomez, A. (2018). Stories and storytellers: The thinking mind, the heart, the body



“Stories and storytellers: The thinking mind, the heart, the body,” Francine Shapiro Library, accessed June 25, 2021,

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