Traditional methods employed in psychotherapy have limited effectiveness when it comes to healing the psychological effects of trauma, in particular, complex trauma. While a client may seem to make significant breakthroughs in understanding their feelings and experiences on a rational level by talking with a therapist, this will make no difference to their post-traumatic symptoms if the midbrain is unable to modulate its activity in response. The Comprehensive Resource Model argues for a novel therapeutic approach, which uniquely bridges neuroscience and spirituality through a combination of somatic therapy, traditional psychotherapy, and indigenous healing concepts to provide effective relief to survivors of trauma.

The Comprehensive Resource Model was developed in response to the need for a streamlined, integrative therapeutic model; one which engages a scaffolding of neurobiological resources in many brain structures simultaneously in order for clients to be fully embodied and conscious in the present moment while processing their traumatic material. All three phases of trauma therapy: resourcing, processing, and integration are done simultaneously. Demonstrating a nested model and employing brain and body-based physiological safety as the foundation of healing, chapters describe three primary categories of targeted processing: implicit and explicit survival terror, ‘Little T Truths’, and ‘Big T Truths’, all of which contribute to thorough healing of complex trauma and an expansion into higher states of consciousness and embodiment of the essential core self.

This book describes the development and benefits of this pioneering new approach to trauma therapy. As such, it will be of key interest to academics, researchers and postgraduate students in the fields of psychiatry, psychotherapy, psychology and trauma studies. It will also appeal to practising therapists, psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric nurses, and to others involved in the treatment or management of patients with complex trauma disorders.

chapter 1|7 pages


chapter 2|9 pages

Overview of the model

chapter 3|11 pages

The challenges of trauma

chapter 4|9 pages

Frozen breath

chapter 5|19 pages

Stepping into the affect

chapter 6|8 pages

Cutting off the pain and terror

chapter 8|8 pages


chapter 9|10 pages


chapter 10|5 pages

Sacred place

chapter 11|14 pages

Resource grids

chapter 12|21 pages

Attachment resources in CRM

chapter 13|7 pages


chapter 14|10 pages

The core self in CRM: Clinical aspects

chapter 15|14 pages

The core self in CRM: Theoretical aspects

chapter 17|17 pages

Secondary resources and additional protocols

chapter 18|11 pages

Blocks to healing

chapter 21|5 pages