Healing Power of Pain

The_healing-power_of_pain_ybe_casteleyn_amsterdam_publishersHealing Power of Pain – Stories of Trauma and Recovery by Ybe Casteleyn

Being bullied, being beaten, being threated, but also receiving a severe punishment, a humiliating comment, having an uncaring parent, and living a difficult goodbye can all be examples of traumatic experiences which – no matter the passing of time –  influence our present feelings and behavior.

With her book The Healing Power of Pain, psychotherapist Ybe Casteleyn not only offers us the tools to question and understand how trauma works and persists within ourselves, but through her words we feel the presence, the attention and the care of a fellow human being willing to share with us the burden and pain of our past.

The Healing Power of Pain is an easy-to-read guide for the heavy-hearted, a book that helps us understand the underlying causes of why we seem to be plagued by negative emotions, fears and a lack of self-esteem. Not all of us turn straight to a therapist when we experience emotional pain. We may want to read about it first and see how we can come to grips with it ourselves.

This book uses the power of real-life stories, stories that most of us can relate to. Moreover, the unique use of practical exercises, poems and songs allow readers to anchor what they have learned to create a life that is not only more bearable but in many cases truly transformed.

The psychotherapeutic insights illustrate how the various forms of trauma can impact us and how we can make great strides in alleviating our own pain following times of trauma, loss and grief.


How can the book help dealing with with trauma

Real tales, real people, real traumas.. People escaping from homophobic countries, from abusing parents, people incapable of loving themselves, people who love too much. The Healing Power of Pain is a collection of stories of traumatized souls presented through the lens of their psychotherapeutic healing process. “Empathy,” says Ybe Casteleyn “means to share the pain and the burden of traumatic experiences and it is the essential goal of therapy.”

Through a peek into people’s lives and into their struggles, with her book Ybe Casteleyn offers a clear and mindful guide for whomever interested in receiving or expand their knowledge on trauma theories and learn how to recognize, understand and emphatically relate with wounded human beings.


About Ybe Casteleyn

This highly accessible guide is written by Ybe Casteleyn, the internationally-respected psycho-traumatologist whose trauma bus can regularly be found in Europe’s refugee zones. It is her strong belief that a ‘trauma-informed’ society creates a better world in which we can more easily talk about and overcome our pain.


> A valuable resource for all those affected by trauma, great or small <