“Anatomy of Trauma”. How to understand the events that influence our relationships with ourselves and others

Psychotherapist Diana Vasile launches “Anatomy of Trauma”. The book explains trauma and resilience in a way everyone can understand. The author is President of the Institute for the Study and Treatment of Trauma.

“The Anatomy of Trauma”. The book explains trauma and resilience in a way that everyone can understand

How to have a better life when your soul hurts

A volume for everyone to understand, from the pioneer of trauma psychotherapy in Romania, “Anatomy of Trauma” is the result of over 25 years of study, practice and research in the field of psychotraumatology. The author, Diana Vasile, PhD, psychotherapist and President of the Institute for the Study and Treatment of Trauma (ISTT), offers a complete perspective on the impact of trauma in our lives, but also on the ways of post-traumatic recovery.

The volume provides scientific information, explained in an accessible language, useful for people who want to understand more about the events that shape and influence relationships with themselves and others.

Divided into 6 chapters, the book explains important concepts about mental health, trauma and its types, the experiences faced by people who have gone through trauma, resilience and risk factors, and details about the recovery process.

In addition to theoretical information, Anatomy of Trauma also includes scientifically validated explanations, studies, and theories, along with examples and case studies that bring clarity to healthy mental functioning and ways to enhance quality of life.

“In recent years, I note with joy that the efforts of the community of specialists in mental health, of which I am also a part, are beginning to bear fruit: we talk more often about topics in this sphere, and people are generally more open to asking for specialized help. That's why I think that my new book comes at a time when Romanian society is more ready to reflect on its history – collective and individual – and on the things that are needed for better relationships and a more harmonious inner life”, declares Diana Vasile.

Psychotherapist Diana Vasile launches

Psychotherapist Diana Vasile launches “Anatomy of Trauma” Photo source ISTT

25 years of activity in the field of psychotraumatology and a landmark book for a correct psychoeducation

Diana Vasile is a psychotherapist, university lecturer and founder of the Institute for the Study and Treatment of Trauma (ISTT). Founded in 2013, ISTT educates, informs and runs projects for a better understanding of ways to prevent trauma and post-traumatic recovery and operates according to an integrated model with three main directions: Training School for Specialists, Professional Association and Clinic of psychological services.

After her training at the Cairnmillar Institute in Australia, Diana Vasile continued her training and therapeutic practice in Romania, where she pioneered the field of psychotraumatology, with the belief that a deep understanding of trauma contributes to understanding human functioning. Diana Vasile has worked with hundreds of clients in her private psychotherapeutic practice and in the ISTT clinic.

Over time, the events organized by Diana Vasile within ISTT aimed at popularizing and correctly understanding trauma and brought to Romania speakers and specialists of international stature, such as Gabor Maté, Șerban Ionescu, Babette Rothschild, Ad de Jongh or Michael Ungar.

Diana Vasile is also a university lecturer at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences (University of Bucharest), but also a trainer and supervisor at the ISTT Training School, where she has guided 5 generations of trauma psychotherapy specialists to date. She is also a member of several associations and specialized organizations, including the International Association for the Promotion of Research on Resilience (Resilio) and the EMDR Association.

“In Romania, mental health and the field of psychology were taboo subjects for a very long time – communism banned this profession, and after the Revolution of 1989, a lot of recovery work and psychoeducation was needed. All this, in a context where our society really needed to process in a healthy way everything that the dictatorship period meant and the wounds it left”, says Diana Vasile. “Equally, we are now also living in a time when practices and techniques that have no scientific basis and promise miraculous results in a very short time appear more and more often. It is, therefore, even more important to bring resources as close as possible to the public that correctly orient and adequately explain notions used incorrectly, or sometimes even misleadingly”, complete this.

The book is for anyone who wants to learn more about psychological trauma, the differences between stress and trauma, and how mental functioning changes as a result of these experiences. With the help of this information, readers will be able to more easily identify what is wrong in their lives and what resources are available to them to take the first steps towards change and recovery of mental health.

“I hope that the information I present in the book will help future readers understand the positive role of acute stress in development, but not confuse it with chronic stress. I want them to stop normalizing chronic stress, which generates behaviors that are harmful to themselves and those around them, and as a result, to value their healthy relationship skills. A good starting point in this regard is an understanding of trauma and its mechanisms, which often subtly influence psychological functioning and overall health.” explains Diana Vasile.

About Diana Vasile, PhD

Diana Vasile, PhD, is a psychotherapist and principal clinical psychologist, university teacher, co-founder and President of the Institute for the Study and Treatment of Trauma (ISTT).

For over 25 years, he has been studying the springs of human behavior by connecting to science and evidence-based psychology. Constantly concerned with the potential for development and evolution of each individual, Diana campaigns for the release of psychic resources blocked in our traumas, resources that can bring a significant addition of joy, progress and nurturing relationships to our lives.

Currently, he is the author of several books on psychoeducation and focuses on breaking new ground in his research work in the field of psychotraumatology.