Using the power of Aikido to help veterans with Combat-Related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder [CRPTSD]

A book for

  • Therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, counselors and others interested in a more effective,  holistic approach to PTSD 
  • Aikido senseis, practitioners and dojos wanting to offer a valuable contribution to veterans with combat-related PTSD
  • Veterans support programs open to expanding their options to include the kinesthetic therapeutic learning inherent in the practice of Aikido
  • Veterans looking for a martial art that will enable them to redirect the energy of their anger and fear to constructive use.
The book includes
  • an analysis of the disorder
  • an indication of the statistics
  • a description of the power of Aikido as kinesthetic therapy
  • a one-year case history

The book is now available from Levellers Press

You can also buy it on

What Tom says about the book:
"The book is based on my personal experience, my work with veteran
s with CRPTSD and disadvantaged inner city youth and research done during my MEd and EdD work and in writing this book.  I find myself writing in three different voices.  I started with the intention of enabling those who teach Aikido to bring the art to other veterans with CRPTSD by expanding on the blog of my first year's experience in a program for vets with CRPTSD.  As I wrote and researched, the book rapidly morphed into an attempt to clarify why I believe Aikido has a place in treatment programs for vets with CRPTSD.  Now, it has become a proposal that the best overall modality for working with CRPTSD is a holistic approach offering a smorgasbord of treatment options, including the kinesthetic therapeutic learning inherent in the practice of Aikido."