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Treating Adult Children of Relational Trauma

85 Experiential Interventions to Heal the Inner Child and Create Authentic Connection in the Present

Tian Dayton, MA, PhD, TEP
Publication Date:
May 09, 2023
PESI Publishing
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“Psychodrama is one of the most effective treatments of PTSD and developmental trauma that I am familiar with, and Tian Dayton has written a terrific manual to serve as our guide.”
- Bessel van der Kolk, MD, professor of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine, president of the Trauma Research Foundation, and author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Body Keeps the Score

“In this treatment guide, Tian Dayton has provided us with an unparalleled approach for treating relational trauma. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is treating the pain of unhealed attachment wounds.”
- Peter Levine, PhD, developer of Somatic Experiencing® and best-selling author of Waking the Tiger

Help clients respond to stress as the adults they are today, not the wounded children they once were.

Because early attachment ruptures undermine trust and fuel disconnection, adult children of relational trauma often resist the very vehicles that would help them heal – feeling, naming, and sharing the contents of their inner world with another human being.

In Treating Adult Children of Relational Trauma, world-renowned psychologist, author, and psychodramatist Dr. Tian Dayton expertly weaves together the very best of what works in psychodrama, sociometrics, and addictions treatment to create her unique, experiential approach to treating the ever-nuanced impact of early relational trauma. Grounded in the principles of interpersonal neurobiology, polyvagal theory, and somatic experiencing, this treatment guide includes 85 structured interventions that innately “warm up” the limbic system and allow space for healing in real time. Using Dr. Dayton’s easy-to-follow, step-by-step approach, clinicians can help clients:

  • Repair, rather than reenact, painful relational trauma dynamics in their lives
  • Experience the safety of healing through connection, movement, and engagement with others
  • Feel empowered to become active shareholders in their own recovery



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Tian Dayton, PhD, is a Senior Fellow at The Meadows and a nationally renowned speaker, expert, and consultant in trauma, addiction, and psychodrama. Her work has been praised by many of today’s leading voices in psychotherapy including Peter Levine and Stephen Porges.

Dr. Dayton is the director of The New York Psychodrama Training Institute and author of 15 books including the soon to be released Treating Adult Children of Relational Trauma (PESI Publishing, 2023).

A board-certified trainer in psychodrama, sociometry and group psychotherapy, she’s spent her decades long career adapting psychodrama and sociometry for work specifically with relational trauma and addictions. Her trademarked processes Socio Metrics, are in use nationally and around the world, as is her model Relational Trauma at NYU for eight years, and has appeared a guest expert on NBC, CNN, MSNBC and other major media outlets. She has received many awards for her work including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Psychodrama, Sociometery and Group Psychotherapy.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Tian Dayton is a senior fellow at the Meadows and has an employment relationship with New York Psychodrama Training Institute. She receives compensation as a consultant and receives royalties as a published author. Dr. Dayton receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Tian Dayton is a fellow of the American Society of Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy. She is a blog writer for Counselor Magazine, Recovery View and The Huffington Post, Thrive Global, and Meadows Media.

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