Trauma and Transformation Through the Partnership of Modern Clinical Treatments and Ancient Spiritual Practices.


Welcome to my website!  My primary purpose, as a licensed clinical social worker, is to help trauma survivors who are seeking a spiritual solution, to deepen their healing and recovery. My particular approach incorporates a blending of modern clinical concepts, and ancient spiritual principles. I believe that experiencing trauma effects a person’s mind, body and spirit, and that addressing each aspect of the human being can deepen one’s recovery. I have one purpose, and that is to help trauma survivors who are seeking a spiritual solution as an adjunct to their treatment.  This is done by understanding and incorporating the spiritual concepts that are the foundation of the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, by encouraging the use of modern systems of mental health treatment, and by supporting the integration of an efficient clinical and spiritual support system.

Over the last two decades, research has revealed the frequency of traumatic events, and their injurious effects on a survivor’s psyche. Mental health professionals have come to understand the connections between unresolved trauma and serious psychological problems. The role of spirituality in trauma recovery is often misunderstood and subsequently minimized. Trauma survivors usually have a difficult time experiencing their vulnerability and the attending feelings of having once been profoundly helpless and alone. Interest and research on the healing effects of applying spiritual tools to the multi-layered consequences of trauma survival - including emotional pain, and interpersonal difficulties - has burgeoned.  

My book:  "Trauma and Transformation: A 12-Step Guide" discusses and teaches, the efficacy of the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous to address and heal the root causes and conditions as a direct result of trauma.  It will assist the provider in guiding their client through identifying, and resolving, dysfunctional behaviors, lack of meaning in life, and persistent psychic pain.  It will help the trauma survivor recognize the importance of unresolved trauma in their life and relationships, and provide a spiritual/clinical approach to recovery.  



Rivka A. Edery, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Social Science and a Masters in Social Work from Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service.  She is a highly intuitive, sensitive, licensed clinical social worker, and author specializing in trauma recovery and spirituality.  She has been active in the treatment and recovery field since 1997.  Since 2009, she has been working as a clinical social worker assisting clients who are recovering from trauma-related disorders.   As her career was advancing, Rivka wondered if the ancient spiritual principles of the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous can be applied to the healing of trauma.  One day, she was suddenly inspired with an idea that had a firm hold on her and has not let go since.  It combined the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous that saved her life, with life problems that are a result of surviving traumatic experiences.  The result, “Trauma And Transformation: A 12-Step Guide, is a unique approach for trauma survivors who are seeking a combined spiritual and clinical approach to their personal effects of surviving trauma.

“Trauma And Transformation: A 12-Step Guide” is available from, and all major online book distributors. In addition, the podcast, "Trauma and Transformation: A 12-Step Guide", is available at the iTunes Store, Microsoft Windows Zune, other podcast providers, and YouTube. You can search using either author name, book title, or key words. Reading and/or listening to this book will be a powerful and beneficial experience to you and anyone that you pass it on to.

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