Books by Annie Brook

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Sensory Challenges, Sensory Processing, Sensory Issues, Games for children, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy
Prenatal Psychology, Birth Trauma, Birth issues, sensory challenges, Body-Mind Centering, Somatic healing

Volume 1 and Volume 2 are now available as ebooks to help you avoid the international shipping fees. Click here if you want the ebooks:

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Prenatal Psychology, Birth Trauma, Psychotherapy, Trauma, Healing Trauma
Infant Mental Health, Infant Development, Crawling, premature, babies, grandparents, the importance of crawling,
Movement education, primitive reflexes, infant development, dance, Body-Mind Centering
Improvisation, theater arts, theater, creativity, education
Prenatal, perinatal psychology, premature, pitocin, birth trauma, birth therapy, adult trauma, Body-Mind Centering
Couples therapy, relationships, conflict resolution, attachment psychology, attachment styles
Dance, Improvisation, Movement arts, Somatic education

Birth's Hidden Legacy ebooks

Birth's Hidden Legacy ebooks...same great content as paperbacks, just no shipping fees

Attachment Therapy

a body-mind perspective

Infant and child experiences create beliefs, behaviors, and thoughts. Repattern and repair using bodymind tools

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Power Struggle Behaviors

Don't waste energy in power struggles. Learn better ways to behave. For couples or parent-child dynamics

Birth Trauma for Parents & Adults

Who would have guessed a difficult birth would play out in the parent-child relationship? It does! Parents who help children unravel birth trauma have more relaxed enjoyable interactions

Adoptive Parents Handbook

 Adopted children arrive with a built-in double bind around trust, emotional safety, and projections. You could be "good enough parents" and end up in despair. 
Learn to recognize, interrupt, & replace the

Frustration Despair Cycle:

 How and why it happens, and what to do for yourselves with an adopted child

Aquatic Attachment Therapy

Warm pool therapy heals deep shock related to safety and connection. Learn the skills.

Improvisation and Playback Theater

Skills for Creative Problem Solving, Getting out of Power Triangles, and having more fun as a Therapist or Parent.


Plus Playback2Youth Project and Playback Theater. Helping put an end to school violence and isolation. 


Inner work to be ready for a partner, or for Couples 

Getting along and thriving is what couples want. Yet, you can bet you are going to work out some of your childhood disappointments, and project your unmet needs, onto your partner.  Get some simple tools and enjoy each other more!

What Women Want from Men

For Guys! Learn how to connect and feel sane around the feminine brain. Understand the difference between "fix it" or simply listen. 

What Men Want From Women

For Women! A simple playful guide to getting along with your guy. Don't waste energy "figuring him out."

Sensory Games to Rewire The Brain

Bring Relief to parents with Sensory Challenged children

Finally,  a way to help those sensory challenged kids! Teach mom’s games they can play at home that will help their child regulate.  This book is filled with simple specific exercises that work with the special senses of the face and head, plus the building blocks of proprioception, tactile, vestibular.

After working with a mom with 3 delightful girls, (who were a handful) I knew I had to write something parent friendly that would bring some relief to home life. This book does just that. The girls learned to play these games together, and Mom started to see a real difference in their ability to settle and interact.

Please, share with your friends and those families that could use a little less effort in their parenting. It’s a hard enough job as it is, sensory challenges can make it a nightmare.

Years of clinical research and support with families and children has helped me understand from the inside out what's needed.


  • Proprioception: how to feel weight and pressure in order to stay grounded and centered
  • Tactile: Getting the skin to “touch back,” not just contract.
  • Movement from the periphery to the core and back. Developing an inside and an outside awareness
  • Ability to shift attention. Helps with transitions and timing.
  • Measuring from self to other, self to object, self to a place in the room.
  • Enjoy the benefits!

    no more melt downs, a child who can focus without sensory distractions, and more ease in parenting!

Birth's Hidden Legacy: Vol 1

How Surprising Beliefs From Infancy Limit Successful Child and Adult Behavior

A must have manual for therapists, as well as a practical reference for parents and adults. Helps you to:

  • Locate the "Hidden Stories beneath Difficult Behaviors."
  • Learn the themes of prenatal, birth, and early attachment.
  • Identify the impact of early experience; how it encodes into beliefs and behaviors of infants, children, and adults.
  • Enjoy writing that is clear, concise, and simple to use.
  • Identifies need shock, power struggles, and prenatal memory.
  • Follow the developmental timeline for ease of treatment and application.
  • Ten Case Studies show application and clinical progression treatment of behaviors shaped by perinatal events.
  • Apply to work with children, couples, and adults.
  • Address issues of ineffective behavior, cyclic patterns of despair or addiction, internalized beliefs, and recurring accidents
  • Learn how behavioral templates form, traceable to earliest pre-cognitive somatic experiences.

Buy Vol 1 and 2 together, and save on Shipping (2 books)

Infant Development, movement education, Crawling, Babies, Body-Mind Centering, Somatic education, primitive reflexes, German
Birth Psychology, Birth Trauma, Pitocin, C-Section, Forceps, Body-Mind Centering

Book Bundle for Healing Birth Trauma online course. (3 books)

Birth's Hidden Legacy: Vol 2

Treat Earliest Origins of Shock and Attachment Trauma

in Adults, Children, and Infants

A must have manual for therapists:

  • In-depth body-mind theory tools for intervention work with children and adults at the perinatal level.
  • Excellent theory-based application: Neuroscience and trauma, Attachment theory, Character styles & Jungian perspectives.
  • Filled with pictures, treatment maps, and charts.
  • Understand and dismantle power struggles, need shock, and double bind behaviors that formed in the developing brain
  • Entire chapter devoted to body re-patterning interventions.
  • The difference between treating shock or trauma.
  • Understand ANS dissociation, and how it expresses differently through parasympathetic or sympathetic encodes.
  • Find and treat the Hidden Story behind difficult behaviors.

The Developing Infant

A guide to Infant Health and Well Being

You want the best for your baby. Whether you are a parent, movement educator, or day-care worker, this book is for you. Babies “think” with their bodymind and grow their brains with crawling.

  • Month by month development
  • Hands on tools to help baby
  • Clear theory of development

Your baby already “knows” how to crawl. But difficult births, or not being allowed on the “tummy time” position interrupt this development.

  • Learn infant developmental actions
  • Have more fun with baby when you know their movement language.
  • You can help! Use hands on support to help your baby grow

Baby’s crawling prepares them to succeed in school and sports

  • Infants who crawl are more coordinated
  • Handle stress better
  • Can adapt and learn with less frustration
  • Will be happier and more content

Increase your skills, be more present, and help babies release distress patterns. Use developmental movement to support infant brain and bodymind learning.

From Conception To Crawling​

Crawling shapes the Brain!

A valuable tool for movement educators, parents, therapists, dancers and athletes!~ Also for brain injury repair.

  • Learn primitive reflexes to open frozen movement pathways
  • Think developmentally for full understanding of bodymind
  • Learn why finding Satisfaction is a bodymind skill
  • Repair patterns from a difficult birth, premature birth, or C-section.
  • Interrupt “scooching,” “army crawling,” or asymmetrical use of limbs.
  • Shape sensory motor learning.
  • In conjunction with a three-video set (available at Annie Brook's website) the book provides detailed instructions and explanations of each exercise and its role in re-patterning birth and infant trauma, and enhancing integration and connection to the body.

(Note! German Translation only available as pdf, not book format)


Writing Is clear, with useful Illustrations and pictures. From Conception to Crawling is a must gift for new parents! A wonderful gift to all of us who are interested in re-patterning imprinting from early trauma. “The concepts and exercises she presents are readily available and tremendously useful.” – Raymond Castellino, D.C., R.P.P.

Contact Improvisation & Body-Mind Centering;

A Manual for Teaching & Learning Movement​

In this manual for both teaching and learning contact movement skills, readers learn to find creative approaches to awakening the body. Playful exercises for solos, pairs, and groups of dancers offer the physical support that allows emotional distress to sequence out of the body. Dancers learn to enhance their own sense of flow through the movement of an improvisational mind.

Relationship Ready

A guide to becoming a really good partner!

Relationships are the testing grounds for having a good enough enjoyable life. Do the inner work to make you a really good partner; and to attract more enjoyable people. 


Look at your patterns with helpful tools to shift them

  • Identify and interrupt power struggle behaviors
  • Understand your double bind thinking and how it forces you to make bad choices
  • Dismantle those body protective habits that push others away and bring you grief
  • Develop the courage for healthy attachment. Assess your own attachment style and learn how to repair
  • Guess what!  Need shock makes you hard to relate to when you have true needs in partnership. Learn to rebalance so you can live cooperatively with others. 

Plus a bonus! Free RR ebook when you buy the 5 module online course that walks you through the book. 

Ebook: Attachment Therapy, a body-mind perspective

If you are supporting clients with intimacy or family issues, this book (ePub format) is a must read. It adds to your expertise when you look developmentally at the body mind influence on thoughts and behavior choices in intimacy and connection.

Here's the how to's in what you'll discover:
How to... identify and repattern early filters regarding safety and connection
Filters become shaped by experiences recorded in the bodymind
Unmet early needs create need shock, and the tools to identify and interrupt "need shock"

The neurobiology of attachment and "double bind thinking"
Tools for treatment, and methods that heal attachment wounds from the inside out
Plus 2 case studies of how these theories and methods work in real-life clinical practice.


My clinical practice experience spans over 3 decades. I've  worked with adults, children, infants, couples, and children and adults who have been adopted. There is always a story beneath the behavior, and when you can recognize, listen, and repair the tissue level of early memory, you succeed in helping someone make lasting changes in behavior. 


Wouldn't you want that for all your clients?

Ebook: The Adoptive Parents Handbook

Don't let adoption destroy your marriage, existing family, or your sanity.


Deal with the inconsistency and fear that ives inside the adopted child's psyche.

  • Learn to de-escalate
  • Interrupt latent power struggles
  • Understand the "bad mother" projection
  • Help them get off the fear/power triangle


Adopted Child Behaviors can be Challenging, Inconsistent, and Hurtful

Do you find yourself struggling as an adoptive parent? Are you tired of feeling isolated and discouraged? We know how much you love your adopted child and understand how painful it can be when they direct their inner hurt towards you. Adopted children can unintentionally channel their past pain, fear, and uncertainty via aggressive or inappropriate behavior. Remember, it’s always okay to ask for help!


The Brook Institute’s Adoptive Parents Handbook is a great resource to help you understand your child’s perspective and provides tips, tools, and guides for how to navigate challenging situations. Based on years of Annie’s groundbreaking therapy sessions with adoptive families, this eBook contains real-world practical applications that produces visible and lasting results.


Learn To recognize and interrupt the cycle of adoption frustration and despair today!

Ebook: Ebook: Power Struggle Behaviors

Don't let power struggles destroy your marriage, parenting, partnership, or  sanity.


Learn the tools to de-escalate power struggles and to successfully problem solve.

  • Learn to stay in your body during conflicts
  • Deflate the puffed up "power triangle"
  • Interrupt Sneaky power and turn it into real power 
  • Learn where power struggles start and some things to do


Power Struggles ruin the fun! Unresolved conflict gets messy, nasty, exhausting, and strains the possibility for pleasure, safety, and connection in relationship.

If you find yourself caught in power struggles, at home or at work, you will feel trapped, frustrated, and fearful of behaviors in your family, marriage, or work group.  


The Power Struggle Behaviors, Creating Change ebook is a great resource to understand your power dynamics. It provides tips, tools, and guides for how to navigate challenging situations.


Based on years of Annie’s groundbreaking therapy sessions with families, couples, parents, and children, this eBook contains real-world practical applications that produce visible and lasting results.


Recognize struggles and get off the power triangle today!

Ebook: Aquatic Therapy and Body-Mind Centering

Warm water therapy helps adopted children and infants, adults with birth trauma or other traumas, and anyone recovering from hypersensitivity. Help people recover and inhabit their bodies using the gentle support of warm water. It's great for expressive relief as well!


Massage and Manual Therapists love working in warm water

  • Increase your hours of practice with less strain on your body
  • Blend easy to understand skills with state of the art somatic therapy in warm water
  • Apply Attachment Therapy skills to organize and release states of shock and trauma

This leading edge book is filled with interventions, skills for solid footwork and floating clients, plus the relational mind set to support perinatal attachment work in warm water.


Annie has over 20 years of treating clients in warm water (infants to adults) and can attest to the healing impact of warm water sessions. They go deep into the bodymind & support changes for clients of all ages. 

Ebook: Birth Trauma for Parents

Brith Trauma can be at the root of your child's struggles!

Parents who figure this out give their child the gift of healing.


Does your child struggle with Difficult Behaviors such as:

  • Nameless anxiety
  • Aggression
  • Perfectionism or low self-esteem
  • Need to control
  • Melt-downs or tantrums
  • Engage in endless power struggles


Brief yourself on the how's and why's that birth trauma can occur for an infant, even if the parents don't feel traumatized. Understand how that influences a child's behavior.


Once birth trauma is cleared, the child can relax, learn and enjoy life so much more. And so can you as a parent!


Note: This book is required reading if you are going to work with Annie Brook in individual sessions for your child. 

Ebook: Awakening the Creative Mind

Improvisation Skills and Playback Theater

2 great ways to open creativity, bring relief to power struggles, and enliven options for behavior. Great for new ideas for clients and parents!


People who know how to improvise are better equipped as teachers and parents

  • Skillful improvisation reduces parenting stress
  • A brain that improvises works better at hearing others
  • Teaching improvisation skills as part of therapy interventions helps clients!
  • Playback Theater builds social cooperation in families and classrooms

This easy to read book contains solid skills for learning the art of Improvisation and Playback Theater! 

Annie implemented the Playback2 Youth pilot project to help teens reduce isolation and bullying, after she volunteered in the aftermath of the Columbine school shootings many years ago. The project was successful and in this book Annie outlines the Playback2 Youth pilot project & service learning curriculum and explains Playback Theater in an easy to learn manner.


As an educator or parent, you could help college interns learn Playback theater and then they would teach and support high school youth. It trickles down. These mentored youth teach Playback to middle schoolers, who could even teach to higher elementary grades. Building community empathy and interaction through sharing real-life stories has shown to create care among youth.

MP3 audio file:

The Hidden Stories Behind Difficult Behaviors

Help Children Overcome Behavior Problems 
Get to the root of difficult behavior. Help children relax and settle. Learn how behavior is an expression of arousal states in the brain, and why kids act out.


Learn How Early Experiences Imprint in the Brain and Drive Difficult Behavior
Annie Brook speaks to child experience. Her clinical examples demonstrate clearly how the body impressions related to birth and attachment show up in behavior. She shares her treatment methods and how to “listen” to the “telling” of such stories. Being able to recognize the early stories that live inside your child’s brain helps them to find relief, and helps them settle, focus, and learn more easily.


This MP3 audio file is for people wanting to understand people! Parents who struggle with a child’s behavior, teachers with difficult students, therapists to really help clients, and daycare workers helping children. Use this unique perspective to enjoy working with children at a deeper level, and to make parenting easier and more rewarding!


This MP3 audio file has interview questions with Dr. Brook. She helps you to:

  • Understand nameless fears and activations of your child
  • Help your child self-regulate
  • How to reduce residual shock and trauma in your child
  • Find greater ease in parenting difficulties
  • Dismantle fear imprints in your child’s imagination and body
  • Help your child integrate and process their birth experience



Books, ebooks, audio, DVD, online courses, and individual online session support

  • Books

    We offer variety of resource books for parents, therapists and educators. 

  • DVD'S

    Learn by watching. DVD's are an excellent way to learn movement patterns and train your brain. For parents, movement educators, and adults.

  • Online 1:1 Sessions

    We offer online one on one client sessions for those that cant make it into our Boulder office. 

  • Online Courses

    Relationship Ready (5 modules) walks you through personal work for relationships.  Birth's Hidden Legacy (9 Modules) integrates Somatic Imprints, Identity Beliefs, attachment dynamics, and gives tools for how birth influences adult or child behaviors. Excellent resource for treatment  of Birth Trauma.

    For Manual Therapists, OT’s, PT’s, Psychotherapists, and curious parents.

Sessions for Adults

Depression and Anxiety, Anger, Hidden Fears, Shame, Procrastination, PTSD and Birth Trauma

Sessions for Kids

Difficult Child Behavior, Sensory-Motor Issues, Birth Trauma, Attachment Problems

Sessions for Adoptive Parents

Learn how to break the Frustration Despair Cycle.

Sessions for Couples

Get the skills to thrive in relationship! Handle conflict, reduce stress, and understand Intimacy

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