Babette Rothschild Talks Hope, Trauma & Recovery

I’ve been waiting a long time to have a chat with Babette Rothschild! Her books are full of calm wisdom, practical ideas and accessible theory that demystify trauma recovery and bring it down to personal, achievable steps.  It was really a pleasure to spend an hour with her last night talking about a slew of critical trauma topics.

Some of the topics we covered on the show include:

  • Hope for trauma recovery: how Babette defines recovery and what she believes is possible
  • How you can find the right tools to move you forward
  • How to know if you are, in fact, using the right tools and modalities
  • The most important things to focus on during trauma recovery
  • How we can improve the trauma recovery community
  • Babette answered listeners’ questions

Babette also shared her view of a problem in the trauma recovery field, plus her disagreement with a major norm. I so much appreciated her candidness about these topics. Not only do I agree with her but I don’t think we talk about them enough!


Meet My Guest:

babette rothschild 132 x 119Babette Rothschild
, MSW, LCSW, has been a practitioner since 1976 and a teacher and trainer since 1992. She is the author of five books, all published by WW Norton: The Body Remembers–The Psychophysiology of Trauma and Trauma Treatment (a bestseller);The Body Remembers CASEBOOK–Unifying Methods and Models in the Treatment of Trauma and PTSD; Help for the Helper–The Psychophysiology of Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma, 8 Keys to Safe Trauma Recovery, and Trauma Essentials: The Go-To Guide. After living and working for 9 years in Copenhagen, Denmark she returned to her native Los Angeles. There she is writing her next books while she continues to lecture, train, and supervise professional psychotherapists worldwide.


  1. Hi,
    I read Babette Rothschild’s book ‘The Body Remembers’ and would like to write her an e-mail. Perhaps she knows medical doctors in Germany who have learnt from her.
    Greetings from Germany and
    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

    • I became a trauma recovery advocate last year after unexpectedly being diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The circumstances that contributed to my own stress disorder were complex…and as a result the treatment and recovery process has also not been simple. These is the wisdom of healing and then there are the daily realities we all experience that can challenge our endurance and tenacity.

      I’m interested to speak with people who reside in Germany (citizens or otherwise) who might have knowledge about the sustainable tourism industry within the country and Europe as a whole.

      Alles Gute!

    • @Donato — I don’t, but I do know some terrific U.S. practitioners who work very successfully with people around the world via Skype. If you’d like a referral please feel free to send me an email:


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