I've been listening to what you have been looking for when it comes to learning more about healing from trauma, self-compassion, healthy relationships and the science behind mental health.

Check out these free resources curated just for you!

This book is a fantastic starting point for understanding the impact of generational trauma and how you can begin to work with it somatically. This book includes specific exercises to put into practice and is also well-written and pertinent information for all folks living in the US.

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I was introduced to this book in graduate school and I still refer to it today! This text is a fantastic breakdown of how communication happens and how to do it well. For anyone looking to improve their relationships through effective communication - check this book out!

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I recommend this book to many of my clients who are survivors of sexual abuse. This book is practical, in-depth, and a helpful resource for survivors of sexual trauma. 

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For those who grew up without physical abuse but have wondered if what they lived through was “bad enough” - this book is a fantastic resource for folks looking to break the cycle of emotional neglect. 

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I love this introduction to mindfulness in everyday life and this read opened my eyes to the possibility of meditation that wasn’t just sitting still. A breath of fresh air and a quick read as well. 

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I've put together this list of books for you as a survivor. Each are so valuable in their own way and I wanted to share them with you if you need a starting point, specific exercises, strategies and practical in-depth resources

Books I Recommend for Survivors

A classic for a reason - one of the first books I want anyone to read to understand trauma survivors at a foundational level.

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In-depth, clear and practical steps to working with complex PTSD in your clients.

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An in-depth and practical manual for therapists who work with dissociation and trauma - this was one of the first books I reached for when I wanted to improve my skills and understanding of dissociation. 

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For EMDR-trained professionals who want to deepen their knowledge and skills in EMDR therapy.

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These books are ones that I've found helpful  over the years! They are filled with In-depth, clear and practical steps to working with clients and trauma survivors. 

Books I Recommend for Clinicians


I keep this in the freezer to use as a support for grounding and self-soothing through cold temperatures at home.

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Weighted blankets are used in nursing homes and treatment centers around the world to support a calm, grounded body. 

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This weighted stuffed animal can help you access the benefits of a weighted blanket but in a cuter, more cuddly, and less heavy form. :) 

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These are the self-care items I love for grounding and self-soothing. I wanted to curate this list to help you feel calm, and grounded in your body. 

Self-care items I Recommend

Starter Guide: Planning Ahead for Triggers

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Free Guide to Finding a Trauma Therapist

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I've created these guides based on questions and suggestions from you! Download the ones that interest you most and let me know what you think after you dive in! 

Free Guides

I help trauma survivors build better relationships with their mind, body, and loved ones by teaching science-backed strategies through workshops, interactive guides, and live teaching.

I’m a licensed therapist and mental health educator who is passionate about making the world a more compassionate and connected place by breaking cycles of generational trauma. Guided by curiosity, centering compassion.

Hey, I'm Summer

Summer Forlenza

First Five Steps to Trauma Healing


Simple steps to help you understand the impact of trauma and get unstuck as you start your journey. 

This 20 page guide features printable worksheets to help you make a plan of action and covers the basics of self-soothing, finding a therapist, building a support system, and understanding yourself.


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As a teacher-turned-therapist specializing in trauma recovery, I focus on teaching trauma survivors and the people who support them the practical skills they need to manage trauma and anxiety from home.

I have learned so much from your workbook and your Instagram page, and I feel like it is really helping me on my healing journey and helping me be able to better share my experiences and struggles with my therapist. I was feeling pretty confused and lost prior to find your Instagram page, and now I feel much more empowered and also want to be kinder to myself because I know more about my body and my mind.       

"I feel much more empowered"

"Summer's knowledge, approach, and teaching skills are beyond impressive, accessible and approachable!"

"Thank you for the time and service you provided in such a healing and compassionate way. Your energy and compassion are palpable and radiated throughout your work."

There isnt enough room to go into detail how grateful I feel to have access at least in some capacity to her since I’m in MN. It’s really hard finding people who are qualified to help with my extreme case of traumas and without the pity/“poor you” delivery method many therapists’ approach tends to be. Therapy hasn’t gone well for me in the past and either cost and/time is just another obstacle. Summer’s knowledge, approach, and teaching skills are beyond impressive, accessible and approachable!

"Summer is amazing. "

"Getting really specific and accurate information instead of generalized stuff, which I have seen other mental health professionals do online."

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