Rhythms of Recovery: Integrative Medicine for PTSD and Complex Trauma

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About the Author

Leslie E. Korn, PhD, MPH, has worked for over 45 years in private practice and public health, integrating psychotherapy with somatic therapies and complementary and alternative medicine to treat traumatic stress, complex trauma, and chronic physical illness. She was a Fulbright scholar in traditional indigenous medicine and an NIH-funded scientist in mind-body medicine.


"This comprehensive guide is beautifully written and infused with wisdom, compassion, and spirit. Dr. Korn has mastered the balance of the science of healing with the hope of recovery. A true guide for both nourishing the brain and nurturing the mind."

James Greenblatt, MD, medical director, Psychiatry Redefined

"Rhythms of Recovery is a masterful manual for recovering from trauma. Dr. Korn is one of the few people I know who combines practical integrative tools with a deep understanding about the psychological complexity of trauma. She covers a comprehensive range of treatments that includes everything from diet and nutrition to herbs to psychedelics. I strongly recommend this book as part of the path to healing and true health."

Scott Shannon, MD, psychiatrist and principal investigator, MAPS "MDMA-Assisted Therapy for Treatment of Severe PTSD" study

"Dr. Leslie Korn provides us with a powerful and useful clinical guide for the treatment of persons suffering from traumatic experiences. Rhythms of Recovery is as comprehensive guide for clinicians and others seeking health information, one that integrates the art and science across diverse clinical disciplines. Dr. Korn's book is an important reference work that details how to treat complex trauma by integrating nutritional, herbal, and other transformative strategies along with psychotherapies. Readers will be inspired by Dr. Korn's case examples, exercises, and protocols."

Uma Naidoo, MD, nutritional psychiatrist, professional chef, and author, This Is Your Brain on Food

"Dr. Korn, a healer, feminist, and researcher, is a pioneer in the field of trauma therapy. Her profound perspectives are an important part of trauma treatment today. She brings to life the value of a multimodal approach to healing trauma and provides an in-depth explanation of the ways in which the rhythms of nature are part of understanding how to work with the traumatized person's spirit, mind, and body. The trauma model of recovery proposed here assists each of us in learning to tune in and be perceptive."

Judith Pentz, MD, associate professor in psychiatry, University of New Mexico; author of Cleanse Your Body, Reveal Your Soul

" . . . A must read for ALL clinicians, not just those in the psychiatric or mental health specialties. Dr. Leslie Korn has a unique worldview of trauma. Her vast knowledge and experience across cultures intertwine with her clinical expertise in incorporating holistic modalities. This wisdom culminates in a comprehensive treatment plan for traumatic stress and complex trauma."

Mary Ann Osborne, DNP, FNP, integrative nurse practitioner

"In this phenomenal book, Leslie Korn explores ever-more important processes of self-regulation and offers insights of great practical and philosophical value. The multidisciplinary nature of this book is rooted in that rare combination of solid research, diverse clinical experience, and a profound understanding of the natural processes underpinning well-being. It performs a valuable service in dispelling outdated perceptions of mind-body separation and demonstrates the validity and necessity of integrative multimodal approaches to complex and chronic traumatic conditions."

Leon Chaitow, DO, founder of the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies and Sasha Chaitow, PhD, series editor, The Leon Chaitow Library of Bodywork and Movement Therapies

"In Rhythms of Recovery, Leslie Korn draws on her experiences in the jungles of Mexico and work with indigenous healers, expertly weaving together storytelling, mythology, traditional wisdom, history, and the latest scientific research to convey a holistic view of the relationship between trauma and the body. Rhythms of Recovery is a must read for trauma therapists and anyone interested in a deeper understanding of trauma."

Marlene Seven Bremner, author of Hermetic Philosophy and Creative Alchemy: The Emerald Tablet, the Corpus Hermeticum, and the Journey Through the Seven Spheres

"We experience our world through the power of rhythm. The way our parents coo to us, our experience of day and night--these all calibrate our system. Leslie Korn does a tremendous job connecting the ways in which those outside factors create consistency and stability within our daily lives and affect how our nervous systems function. When challenging life events disrupt those rhythms, we need tools to recalibrate and realign those systems. This book provides these tools."

Andrew Pleener, MD, founder and director of #SameHere Psych and STARR Alliances

"Rhythms of Recovery is brilliant and comprehensive. Integrating work from numerous disciplines, Dr. Korn brings profound insight to the impact of trauma and the body. She guides us in listening to the body and provides extraordinary guidance with practical and alternative forms for health and healing. This is a long awaited and needed book--amazing work!"

Lisa Machoian, EdD, author of The Disappearing Girl: Learning the Language of Teenage Depression

"It is one thing to say that Descartes mistook the body and the mind for two different ontological substances. Putting the body (including the brain) and the mind together again, and regarding them as expressions of one substance, is a much more demanding matter. Still, trauma experts become ever more convinced that the consequences of severe neglect, abuse, or still other horrors affect individuals at the level of the whole organism. Leslie Korn is certainly one of them. In this intriguing book she addresses the whole person, clinically, empirically, and therapeutically. I highly recommend trauma therapists to test the integrative path to understanding and healing she invites us to tread."

Ellert Nijenhuis, PhD, coauthor of The Haunted Self: Structural Dissociation and the Treatment of Chronic Traumatization

"All emotional disorders are the result of trauma, mostly from in utero through the first seven years of life. The modern uncivilized practices of unlimited wars and repeated forceful immersion of soldiers in barbarian trauma has produced an epidemic of PTSD. Rhythms of Recovery offers a road out of the insanity."

C. Norman Shealy, MD, PhD, president of Holos University Graduate Seminary

"Most books on trauma are one-dimensional; they may deal with emotions and cognitions but leave out consideration of the body. Or they may deal with the body but leave out consideration of the environment around the body or omit a broad cultural context. Korn's book manages to integrate psyche, soma, and spirit as well as nature, physiology, and culture through the theme of rhythm."

Ilene Serlin