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A Systemic Approach to Understanding and Treating Trauma Disorders

Traumatization and Its Aftermath cover
Mental Health

About the Book

Traumatization and Its Aftermath aims to transform how we approach trauma treatment by providing individuals with practical tools to understand trauma beyond buzzwords. Published by Routledge in hardcover, paperback, and eBook formats, 'Traumatization and Its Aftermath' arrives at a crucial time as a comprehensive resource, meeting the growing demand for accessible content that addresses the question on everyone's mind: 'Am I traumatized?'

The book presents a fusion of psychological insights, neurobiological understanding, and an engaging narrative style, redefining the discourse on trauma. It shows readers that what may initially appear to be a single traumatic event is often embedded in years of multiple interacting factors, including personal, familial, epigenetic, and societal influences.

This book prompts a profound shift in perception, inviting readers to view trauma as an intricate and diverse experience. This perspective ultimately leads to more effective treatment and, hopefully, greater healing.

The author's innovative approach encourages a transition from asking, 'What happened to me?' to exploring the deeper question, 'What is my relationship with what happened to me?'​​

This shift catalyzes a more empathetic and effective approach to resolving traumatization, shedding light on the wide array of events and circumstances that can lead to the development of a trauma disorder. 

Winner of 2023 Best Books Award and 2024 American Legacy Book Awards in Psychology/Mental Health,

About the Author

Antonieta Contreras, a former banker originally educated as a mathematician, is a trauma psychotherapist with specialization in Trauma Studies from the Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapies (ICP) and in Human Sexuality from NYU School of Medicine. She combines different trauma modalities as well as the contemplative techniques that she learned from studying within Buddhist traditions.


She has been a chair, consultant, supervisor, and faculty at ICP.  She also teaches sexual trauma at NYU, runs EMDR groups toward certification, frequently interacts with followers who seek out her answers about traumatization online and has given talks in hospitals, agencies, and universities to create awareness about trauma.


She's the author of the book Traumatization and Its Aftermath (Routledge, 2023), a groundbreaking work acclaimed as the Best Book Awards winner in the Psychology/Mental Health division. Her expertise in this field shines through in this award-winning book, which has garnered recognition for its exceptional contribution to the understanding of trauma and mental health.

Author of Traumatization and Its Aftermath
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