Trauma and the Struggle to Open Up:
From Avoidance to Recovery and Growth

How to navigate the therapeutic relationship
with trauma survivors, to help bring
recovery and growth

Trauma Therapy Resources - Trauma and the Struggle to Open Up
Trauma Therapy Resources - Trauma and the Avoidant Client

Trauma and the Avoidant Client:
Attachment-Based Strategies for Healing

How to effectively engage
traumatized clients who avoid
attachment, closeness, & painful feelings

Trauma Therapy Resources - Award
(International Society
for the Study of
Trauma & Dissociation)

Praise for Trauma and the Avoidant Client

Jeremy Holmes

M.D., Professor of Psychological Therapies at the University of Exeter in the UK and author of Exploring in Security

"In this sensitive yet intellectually robust volume Muller shows, in the face of loss and trauma, how self-defeating and health-endangering avoidant strategies can be... A major, highly accessible contribution to the attachment literature and required reading for all mental health clinicians."

Leslie S. Greenberg

Ph.D., Distinguished Research Professor at York University

"Clinically perceptive, theoretically clear, and research-informed, this book is filled with clinical gems."

Clare Pain

M.D., M.Sc., FRCPC, Director of the Psychological Trauma Program at Mount Sinai Hospital

"I very much enjoyed reading this book, and it is rare to find one so practical, focused, and well-researched. Avoidance is a common and notoriously difficult to treat sequelae of trauma, but taking on the challenge, Muller helps readers recognize and use the therapeutic relationship as the key to reaching these clients effectively. Constructed thoughtfully and insightfully around relevant research, his use of case examples, dialogue of key therapy moments, and point summaries all make it an eminently accessible and practical book."