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What It Takes to Heal

What It Takes to Heal

How Transforming Ourselves Can Change the World

Prentis Hemphill
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From one of the most prominent voices in the trauma conversation comes a groundbreaking new way to heal on a personal and a collective level.

As we emerge from the past few years of collective upheaval, are we ready to face the complexities of our time with joy, authenticity, and connection? Now more than ever, we must learn to heal ourselves, connect with one another, and embody our values. In this revolutionary book, Prentis Hemphill shows us how. 

What It Takes to Heal argues that the principles of embodiment--the recognition of our body's sensations and habits, and the beliefs that inform them--are critical to lasting healing and change. Hemphill, an expert embodiment practitioner, therapist, and activist who has partnered with Brené Brown, Tarana Burke, and Esther Perel, among others, shows us that we don't have to carry our emotional burdens alone. Hemphill demonstrates a future in which healing is done in community, weaving together stories from their own experience as a trauma survivor with clinical accounts and lessons learned from their time as a social movement architect. They ask, "What would it do to movements, to our society and culture, to have the principles of healing at the very center? And what does it do to have healing at the center of every structure and everything we create?"

In this life-affirming framework for the way forward, Hemphill shows us how to heal our bodies, minds, and souls--to develop the interpersonal skills necessary to bust down the doors of disconnection and take the necessary risks to reshape our world toward justice. 


Prentis Hemphill is a writer, embodiment facilitator, political organizer, and therapist. They are the founder and director of The Embodiment Institute and The Black Embodiment Initiative and the host of the acclaimed podcast Finding Our Way. They served as the Healing Justice Director of the Black Lives Matter Global Network from 2016 to 2018. Their work and writing have appeared in The New York Times, HuffPost, You Are Your Best Thing edited by Tarana Burke and Brené Brown, and Holding Change by adrienne maree brown.


  • Publisher: Random House
  • Publish Date: June 04, 2024
  • Pages: 256
  • Dimensions: 1.25 pounds
  • Language: English
  • Type: Hardcover
  • EAN/UPC: 9780593596838
  • Alt: Prentice Hemphill
  • BISAC Categories: Personal Memoirs, Mental Health, Emotions, Psychopathology - Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Activism & Social Justice

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