Trauma and Memory


Peter Levine

Pages: 219
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication date: 27 October 2015

In Trauma and Memory, bestselling author Dr Peter Levine (creator of the Somatic Experiencing approach) tackles one of the most difficult and controversial questions of PTSD/trauma therapy: Can we trust our memories? While some argue that traumatic memories are unreliable and not useful, others insist that we absolutely must rely on memory to make sense of past experience.

Building on his 45 years of successful treatment of trauma and utilising case studies from his own practice, Dr Levine suggests that there are elements of truth in both camps. While acknowledging that memory can be trusted, he argues that the only truly useful memories are those that might initially seem to be the least reliable: memories stored in the body and not necessarily accessible by our conscious mind.