About the Book
know from personal experience how traumatic stress can shatter lives,
destroy relationships, and leave us utterly devoid of the sense of hope
and self-worth that makes life worthwhile. But it doesn't have to be
that way. We can learn to eliminate the destructive effects of stress
and achieve an enduring sense of joy, self-worth, and personal
In Forward-Facing Trauma Therapy
, you and I will
take a journey from hardship to healing. We'll begin by exploring some
of the common myths and misconceptions about the causes and meaning of
stress. We'll examine the destruction it can wreak on our bodies, our
minds, our spirits, and our relationships. We'll discover the triggers
that can lead us to act reflexively in ways that we deeply regret
Then, we'll learn how to gently move out of this reflexive reactivity.
Most importantly, we'll consider what it means to live an intentional
life and how cultivating the skill of interoception, or "bodifulness,"
can help us achieve this essential goal. Along the way, I'll share some
inspiring stories about women and men I've known who successfully put
these lessons into practice; vanquishing stress, regaining their
resilience, and finding new joy, optimization, and fulfillment in their
Since launching my clinical practice in 1990, I've had the privilege of
walking with thousands of patients as they've confronted their pasts
and healed their hurts. Along the way, my colleagues and I have
developed a set of principles and techniques for eliminating stress and
resolving trauma that have transformed my own life in ways that are
far-reaching and profoundly positive. Now, I'm honored to share them
with you. I hope you'll accept them in this spirit and begin your own
journey of healing and transformation.
If you take the lessons of this book to heart and - in the parlance of
12-step fellowships, "work the steps" - you will experience new hope
and inspiration. You will feel lighter and more fully yourself. And,
one fine morning, you may awaken to find that you have achieved
something remarkable that may have previously seemed utterly
inconceivable. The stress and fear that once plagued your life is gone
forever. You have set yourself free.
Now let the journey begin.
J. Eric Gentry, Ph.D., LMHC
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