Turning the Hourglass: Children’s Passage Through Trauma and Past Lives by Christine Alisa, MS, is a compilation of stories written from the child’s point of view as they work through the trauma in their lives. Alisa bases the children’s therapy on a model she developed using the Gestalt method and Regression Therapy. These are children who have been through various traumas, including abuse, divorce of parents, and pre-natal, birth and past-life patterning and have been dealing with these issues with various behaviors ranging from ADHD, anxiety, depression, to acting out in school and a host of others.
Alisa’s method of working with children leads them through the trauma and helps them conquer their problems, giving them the strength and freedom to develop and grow. Many of the children seen by Alisa had tried other methods of therapy to no avail. Alisa’s model does not follow mainstream therapeutic methods, but she has proven her techniques truly work.
I liked that the book was written through the eyes of the children, bringing a more authentic tone to each child’s journey. Alisa has clearly spent an abundance of time with each child, doing whatever is necessary to help the child uncover the demons of their past so they can become the people they were truly meant to be in this world. I liked the way Alisa let each child “pave their own course” so to speak – allowing them to be in control, act out, not talk at all – whatever was necessary to break through the barriers and begin the healing process.
Unfortunately, the thing that stood out the most to me in this book was all the typing and grammatical errors. I didn’t think too much about seeing the first one, but then I came upon another, then another, then another – all the way through the book. I was distracted to the point of wondering more about when I was going to come up against the next error instead of focusing on the story and that was a spoiler for me.
I would give Turning the Hourglass: Children’s Passage Through Trauma and Past Lives 3 out of 5 stars.