Please read an excerpt book on Gentle Reprocessing, Goodbye Trauma. 

What Makes It a Trauma or Let’s Go to the Beach

Let’s look at why some events are traumas and some are not.

One summer day you go to the beach with some friends, have a good, but uneventful day and really don’t think about that day again. In fact ten years later you might not even be able to remember what beach you went to, exactly who you went with and even if it was a good beach day.

But what if you had gone to the beach with friends and you had almost drowned? This memory might have a different outcome. Let’s say the lifeguard had pulled you out of the water after a rogue wave had pulled you away from your friends and sucked you under. You were told when the lifeguard brought you up on the beach, you were not breathing. He resuscitated you, you coughed up seawater and you came back to life, staring at all the people around you. That day at the beach you remember vividly. You remember whom you went with and which beach it was. You remember what you had for lunch and what the temperature was. You remember how your body felt as you thought you were going to die and how it felt when you came to. In addition to remembering the day clearly when something reminds you of that memory, a trigger, all the emotions you felt that day come pouring back. You might be reminded if you choke on a glass of water and the sudden terror of not being able to catch your breath might bring you back to the scene when you were underwater and couldn’t breath. Then all the other emotions and body sensations, as well as the whole event come flooding back. And the belief that you are not safe at that moment is there too. All the components of a trauma appear and you are back to that memorable day you almost died.

Now you can see why one event was so forgettable and you can’t forget the other one. Both were very similar to each other. Yet your reaction to the second description was very different. As was mentioned earlier, the traumatic event was sent to the reptilian brain at the base of the head. (See How Does Trauma Effect the Brain or Put it on the Back Burner) The reptilian brain only lives in the presence with no past or future. When this event gets triggered, that whole terrible event comes rushing back in the form of a flashback and you relive it as if it is happening now.  The memory waits on the back burner for the brain to learn how to process it. Over time people have such a backlog of these unresolved traumas that one day all this trauma becomes overwhelming and psychological diagnoses and symptoms start to appear.

Jondi Whitis
Easy, Warm, Reassuring, Straight-forward I like what she's done here, very much, and for all those reasons: It's readable, warm and reassuring, logical and straightforward-forward without mystery or woo or false pride in any way. And although I practice some different modalities, I definitely see the value of her approach, and think you will too. Beginning to incorporate that, now. : )
Great read for clinical and non clinical readers Diane's book is a page turner that is easy to read that explains clearly how trauma effects our lives. Diane explains and provides ways of using Gentle Reprocessing on yourself and othres. Diane is vulnerable and provides insight into her past trauma and how it has impacted her course of work. I highly recommend this book.
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Positive and Effective Trauma Healing Diane's method gets to the root of the trauma and helps process challenges efficiently & effectively. Gentle reprocessing was a game changer for me. Instead of sitting around and talking about my concerns incessantly over years, Diane was able to help me pinpoint the blockages in my life and file the memories properly so there stopped being a behind the scenes script running in my brain. This technique helped me finally process childhood trauma that has been affecting every aspect of my life for years, without me even realizing it. This method is about healing the trauma and allowing humans to move on with their lives vs. being stuck in cyclical therapy. My hope is there are more therapists that begin to use this approach to truly free people from experiences that have never been properly processed in our minds.
Alex Ivchenko
Finally, the book on Gentle Reprocessing! I am so excited to have the book on Gentle Reprocessing. I thinks it's one of the best trauma therapies we have right now, that allow clients to reprocess painful traumatic memories in a gentle way without retraumatization. I can let my clients know they can read the book to have better understanding of Gentle and trauma itself. I found this book useful for therapists as well. Both, trained in Gentle and not trained. As a trained Gentle therapist, I noticed some updates to Gentle I will sure use in my practice. Thank you Diane!
Katherine Reeder M.Ed LMHC
So informative and a pleasure to read This book is so easy to read and explains so clearly and even enjoyably what trauma is and how the method of Gentle Reprocessing is used to help resolve it. The examples the author chooses from her work with clients and even from her own life make the concepts immediately understandable. Whether you are a well-seasoned clinician or someone who’s been exposed to trauma themselves I highly recommend this book.
Excellent resource The book delivered exactly what the author claimed. A thorough understanding of trauma and a way through it.LD
The best book I have ever read At the end of the emotional line ... and this book literally saved my life. There IS hope, you CAN heal. Diane creates amazing journey in this book from understanding trauma to learning to take the first steps in healing from it. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has a desire to learn or to heal.
Lori Miller-Freitas
Great and Informative This book is easy to understand. It's helpful for clients and therapists. Clients will gain a better understanding of how trauma effects them and inspires hope. Therapists will learn some basic techniques to treat trauma. Good read all around.
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Goodbye Trauma; a sensitive, gentle guide to healing Diane is a very compassionate and sensitive person who translates her genuine qualities in this transparent guide to help others heal. She includes relative examples to engage the reader to realize they are not alone. She also reveals that understanding is the road to recovery and self worth. The book provides a comprehensive yet easy entrance in to a more relaxed and accepting journey through life. I encourage this read if not only for yourself, but to help those you love.

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