Customer Reviews

Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, “Heal the Body, Heal the Mind: A Somatic Approach to Moving Beyond Trauma” is impressively informative and ideally suited to the needs of the non-specialist general reader having to cope with trauma in their own lives or the lives of loved ones. While especially and unreservedly recommended for personal and community library collections, it should be noted that “Heal the Body, Heal the Mind” is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $13.15).
— Helen Dumont // The Midwest Book Review

I loved this book! Fills a gap in easy to understand, yet scientifically based information on trauma- what it is and its impact on the mind/body. Holistic in its approach it takes complicated neurobiological information and makes them easy to understand, as well as giving practical skills that individuals can do to resource themselves. I found the tone of the book comforting with a strong emphasis on self care and pacing. Refreshing, insightful and helpful!!
— TKK //

Heal the Body, Heal the Mind is a valuable and motivating book on how to move past trauma to post trauamtic growth and healing. Written in a compassionate voice, Susanne Babbel offers great insights into the many varieties of trauma, and practical tips on how to cope and heal with trauma.
— Judith Belmont //

I found Heal The Body, Heal the Mind helpful and illuminating. Dr. Babbel provides solid information and practical tools to support healing from trauma. She shares her expertise as a therapist specializing in trauma with both clarity and compassion. I recommend this for both healers and those seeking to heal.
— R. J. Gill //

This book does a great job helping me understand how trauma affects different people in different ways, and why people behave the way they do. Most books about trauma & healing are written for professionals but this book was written so non-professional people such as myself can understand. I believe there are a few chapters in the book if not all of them that will apply to most people’s situation.
— M. M. //

It’s clear that complete healing involves both the body and the mind in therapy. I appreciate somatic approaches to psychotherapy because they acknowledge the whole person, not just a symptom or tendency. Patterns of behavior are lodged in both body and mind, and so any change must address both in a holistic way. The exercises are easy to follow and suitable for everyone, both a lay person and a clinician. I commend Dr. Babbel for writing with a gentle, simple attitude toward what is possible when we bring awareness to our thoughts, feelings, and actions.
— Amanda U. //

Great book! Dr. Babbel’s book is easy to understand, well-written, and a great resource for people who are on a journey of healing - either on their own or with the help of a Therapist/Holistic healer. She explains what is trauma from a somatic approach (body, nervous system), and share tools to help recover and heal different types of trauma. I really enjoyed her holistic approach - considering the whole person - YES!

I particularly liked that she mixed her Psychotherapist therapist approach/knowledge, with her own life experience and clients’ case studies. I could easily relate to some of her examples. The quizzes and exercises she shares are the things I found most helpful. This book really helped me on my journey.
— Caroline V. //

Dr. Babbel’s simplified approach to moving beyond trauma is user-friendly and applies to so many situations. I am a firm believer in the relationship between body and mind and how the somatic approach works. Learning ways to remove deep-seated automatic responses has given me hope that my old habits will disappear and be replaced by responses that support me. Dr. Babbel’s logic makes sense and has given me a way to understand and move beyond trauma.
— Happy Cat //

This book was a relatively quick read providing easy to understand information about how we’re affected by trauma and how we can heal. Although I’ve already read quite a bit in this area, I still learned new things, and I found the book to be a very good overview, written in a very friendly, soothing voice. I found the chapters on how trauma affects relationships and sexuality to be particularly helpful.

The author has done a nice job of alternating theories, research, case studies, and exercises. Dr. Babbel provides many citations, but she writes in a way that is never dry or boring. I think this book will be really helpful for anyone who has experienced trauma or wants to better understand a loved one who has experienced trauma. That’s probably most of us.

If you create an account on New Harbinger’s website and register this book to your account, you can access the supplementary material. At the time of this review, I was able to download an MP3 of a guided relaxation exercise to promote restful sleep.

I was provided an ARC through NetGalley that I volunteered to review. Because I have not seen the final published version, I cannot comment on the final editing and formatting. The ARC was neatly formatted and had only occasional proofreading errors.
— LaffingKat //

What Others are saying 

This is clearly a book that all survivors of trauma, therapists, and other mind body healers can greatly benefit from. It is comprehensive, thoughtful, well written, and scientifically grounded. The book combines both theory and practical body-mind exercises that show how one can recognize the limiting patterns resulting from trauma. Then, most importantly, it guides the reader to create new patterns in the areas of health, love, spirituality, work and finances. Suzanne has simplified this body-based approach to trauma so readers will find it user-friendly and applicable to their particular situation.  

Peter A Levine, PhD, best selling author of Waking the Tiger and In an Unspoken Voice

This groundbreaking book offers understanding and healing to anyone who has suffered any trauma in their lifetime. It is a source of wisdom, empowering its readers to break through limitations and so to achieve their highest potential. I highly recommend it to all who seek greater awareness and an ever more fulfilling life.

Patricia Evans, is a bestselling author on verbal abuse, speaker and consultant seen on National TV, Radio, Oprah, CNN, and Newsweek.

In Heal the Body, Heal the Mind, author Susanne Babbel has done a magnificent job explaining the difficult and complex topic of trauma in terms that are easy to understand. The practical solutions she offers stand up to real-life circumstances. Well Done! 

Suzanne Scurlock-Durana, author of Reclaiming your Body and Full Body Presence

Trauma leaves its traces deep within the emotional brain, generating intrusive feelings of anxiety and helplessness. Heal the Body, Heal the Mind is a comprehensive, effective guidebook that takes victims of trauma along a path deep recovery, allowing them to bring emotional, spiritual, and cognitive energy directly to the source of their wounds. 

Susan Anderson, author of The Abandonment Recovery Workbook and Taming the Outer Child


Susanne Babbel offers an admirably comprehensive, readable, and practical guide to recognizing the various forms of trauma and how to heal from it so that our lives can move forward. Through her deep insights, gentle guidance, and helpful exercises, this book offers a pathway to reconnecting with ourselves and moving toward a more joyful and meaningful life. I highly recommend this book. 

John Amodeo, PhD, author of Dancing with Fire and Love and Betrayal