My Latest Book

Working With the Developmental Trauma of Childhood Neglect

Using Psychotherapy and Attachment Theory Techniques in Clinical Practice

This book provides psychotherapists with a multidimensional view of childhood neglect and a practical roadmap for facilitating survivors’ healing.

Working from a strong base in attachment theory, the book explores ways therapists can recognize the signs of childhood neglect, provides recommendations for understanding lasting effects that can persist into adulthood, and lays out strategies for helping clients maximize therapeutic outcomes. Along with extensive clinical material, chapters introduce skills that therapists can develop and hone, such as the ability to recognize and discern non-verbal attempts at communication. They also provide an array of resources and evidence-based treatment modalities that therapists can use in session.

Working with the Developmental Trauma of Childhood Neglect is an essential book for any mental health professional working with survivors of childhood trauma

Also available from the publisher with a 30% discount using code MPL24

Testimonials from the experts

“Repairing the profound damage of early abuse, neglect and deprivation is as infinitely complex as the healing of any injury to the human organism. In this beautifully written work Ruth Cohn describes in spellbinding detail the multiple modalities and skills that a therapist needs to bring to the table to make this work possible. She demonstrates the need for a creative use and activation of all our senses, combined with patience, compassion, humility, and hard-earned self knowledge. This book provides clinicians and curious consumers with a roadmap to finding both a voice and a spine. A true guide to healing.”

Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.
Professor of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine. Author, # 1 NYT Best seller The Body keeps the Score.: brain mind and body in the healing from trauma.

“In this wonderful integration of theory and compassion, Ruth Cohn brings together clinical experience and psychological curiosity grounded in neuroscience. Chock full of stories that illuminate the theory, Ruth Cohn’s book makes the implicit experiences of childhood neglect tangible.  More importantly, Ruth gives us a clinical framework to effectively transform the pain people live in.”

Deirdre Fay, MSW
Author, Becoming Safely Embodied; Attachment-Based Yoga & Meditation for Trauma Recovery

My Previous Book


Coming Home to Passion lays out common relationship difficulties suffered by survivors of childhood trauma and neglect. It is easy to think you are unique or even hopelessly damaged by your childhood experiences, or perhaps you don’t even know why you feel so bad.

This book is about much more than sexuality, although it does put a spotlight on that area of relationship. It is designed to make sense out of some of the daily agony; to let you know you are not alone, and to help orient you to what you can do. The tone is hopeful as healing is not easy or quick, but very do-able!

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