Victims of Cruelty
Somatic Psychotherapy in the Healing of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Publication Date: November 22, 2000
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In Victims of Cruelty, Maryanna Eckberg incorporates work with Vietnam veterans (the first to be diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder) and the Chowchilla kidnapping victims. This personal testimony of how people can heal after trauma is also a professional book describing the effects of personal and political repression and how we can liberate our bodies and minds from terror.
Maryanna Eckberg devoted her career to helping trauma victims and the victims of political torture. She worked for many years in El Salvador with the Commission on Human Rights, and at the Universidad Jose Simeon Canas. Her work during the last years of her life focused on publishing and speaking on somatic and verbal interventions in the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder. She died in October of 1999.
"Dr. Eckberg stresses bodywork and verbal therapy. Her work points to the need to choose from a growing repertoire of possibilities addressing traumatic shock today."
—Michael Eigen, Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology
"Maryanna Eckberg reached with simplicity and effectiveness to the core of every wound. In her work in Spain beginning in 1981, many of us received her healing energy. Some of us have followed her in the psychotherapeutic method linking body and psyche. Psychotherapy showed up living in Maryanna—she was a great master."
—Jesus Landa, psychologist and psychotherapist, Madrid