The embodied and trauma-informed orientation to clinical practice described in this book is inspiring, informative, and useful. Quinn articulates a creative, whole-person model that serves as a comprehensive guide for healing and transformation through experiential engagement with the body, heart, and mind. (Loretta Pyles, State University of New York at Albany and author of Healing Justice: Holistic Self-Care for Change Makers)
The second edition of Experiential Unity Theory and Model: Treating Trauma in Therapy addresses the impact of trauma prevalent in the field of group therapy and in individual counseling and proposes Experiential Unity theory and model as an effective treatment option. It offers an integrative treatment approach that adheres to the principles of neuroscience and utilizes bottom-up processing, and a right-brain orientation to engage and process trauma. This theory and model has been offered in Individual therapy sessions as a treatment for depression, anxiety, addictions and other trauma- related distress and in Psychiatric Group therapy programs for over fourteen years. It has also been taught in university courses and delivered in workshops internationally, and at the Trauma informed Practice Institute, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Distilling decades of clinical wisdom, Alyson Quinn gifts us with an accessible book that guides us through the tenuous terrain of trauma. Her bird’s-eye view of the landscape of literature offers us new avenues of inquiry. Through metaphors, drawings, and resourcing techniques, Quinn shows us how to co-create neural pathways toward healing. This book provides practical and immediate access to the ‘brain’s secret side door.’ As a nursing professor striving to integrate trauma-informed practice and pedagogy, I am inspired to achieve experiential unity between theory and praxis. A must-read for anyone in the helping professions. (Maki Iwase, Vancouver Community College)
Experiential Unity Theory and Model: Treating Trauma in Therapy is available to buy from your local bookseller and online internationally from Amazon.
Alyson Quinn is the founder and director of the Trauma Informed Practice Institute. As a holistic counsellor she uses a combination of psychotherapeutic and energetic techniques that assist in empowering her clients to heal from within. Alyson's expertise covers depression, anxiety, grief, self-esteem, communication, anger management, couples issues, identity issues and conflict resolution. You can find out more about Alyson via her website www.alysonquinnwrites.com and you can connect with her online via LinkedIn.
Alyson has taught her Experiential Unity Model at the University of British Columbia (UBC) School of Social work in an Adjunct professor role in a variety of courses; and also at international conferences. In addition to Experiential Unity Theory and Model: Treating Trauma in Therapy, Alyson Quinn's other published work includes Heal Trauma: How to Feel It, Unlock Patterns and Release It.
Podcast interview with Alyson Quinn