Don’s Book

Healing the Wounds of Childhood and Culture
An Adventure of a Lifetime

by Don St John, Ph.D.

In my book, Healing the Wounds of Childhood and Culture, I share my personal story and discoveries about what our bodies, our minds, our “selves” and our relationships need in order to heal from the wounds, the traumas and the toxic stresses of life.

How to Purchase

“I invite you to read Healing the Wounds of Childhood and Culture. No matter where you are in your personal journey, I am confident you will feel supported and inspired by reading this book.”

– Dr. Don St John

As you will see when reading my book, my childhood was intense, filled with physical and emotional abuse. The effects were devastating and healing required me to leave no stone unturned to restore my humanity.

Among the many things I discovered is that “normal” is not nearly good enough. This is what I mean. I wanted to enjoy a long-term sexual-intimate relationship with a partner that didn’t become boring. I wanted to be able to feel healthy and alive in my body and spirit. I wanted to replace fear, shame and rigidity with confidence, resilience and fluidity. I wanted to age with vitality and grace and to feel more love-connections in my life. With gratitude and humility, I can say these continue to grow in me and my relationship with my dear wife.


What readers say

“The wounds of our life are made to be healed by our efforts rather than being drowned in the sense of victimhood that so easily can run our life. Don’s writing is a gift to those of us who do our best to travel the path of consciousness and to those of us who are looking for how to begin the journey.”

Hal Stone, PhD, and Sidra Stone, PhD
Authors and co-founders of The Voice Dialogue Method

“Don St. John’s book is a huge accomplishment, a miraculous personal journey intertwined with the miraculous evolution of many disciplines seeking to understand mind of human heart to help people heal. Read this book to learn about one man’s journey from trauma to lovability.“

Dr. Diana Fosha
Developer of AEDP and author of The Healing Power of Affect

“I found this book very inspiring and hopeful. The author reminds us that the path of healing is rewarding and full of the unexpected; and that love, integration, and wholeness are our birthright.”

Laura A.
Salt Lake City, UT

“An inspired and inspiring work of synthesis, I think it is brilliant!”

Joseph Heller
Author of Bodywise and founder of Hellerwork Structural Integration

“There is an aspect of story telling here often absent from similar works on psychology. Through the telling of his personal story, the author is able to interweave various aspects of holistic health to reveal a more complete view of human healing.”

Michelle C. Wright

“This authoritative and comprehensive exploration of healing and wellness is also a riveting page-turner full of practical advice and personal stories, including from the author’s own traumatic childhood. It offers a remarkable and uncommon integration of brain science, mainstream psychology, and cutting-edge ideas and practices. Effective, hopeful, and profound, this is a gem.”

Rick Hanson
PhD, author of Buddha’s Brain and Hardwiring Happiness

“I picked up your book the other night and in just a few sentences, you communicated this beautiful concept about how we are in fact, moving in a positive direction. It was clear and resonated with me. It was well articulated with sources cited. I look forward to more of the same as I slowly make my way through your treasure chest, thanks man.“

Jan H.
Environmental Engineer

“My wife and I were reading your book (Healing the Wounds of Childhood and Culture) together, and we got to the last paragraph on page 24 where it’s talking about eye contact. We stopped and tried it.  Our marriage hasn’t been the same since. One thing I don’t have a problem with is looking into the eyes of my wife.  We sat there for what seemed like an hour, but I’m sure it was only a few minutes. To add to the experience, we placed one hand on each other’s heart, and that pretty much sealed the deal. It was one of the most amazing experiences we’ve ever had in our marriage, thank you! At the end of August, we had our 39th wedding anniversary and signed up for at least another 39 yrs. Thanks again, you saved us and our marriage!