Robert T. Muller, Ph.D., C. Psych. trained at Harvard, after which he joined University of Massachusetts, and started a trauma assessment service. He is a fellow of the International Society for the Study of Trauma & Dissociation, and an associate professor at York University, where he is lead investigator in a multi-site program for the treatment of intra-familial trauma. His book Trauma and the Avoidant Client: Attachment-Based Strategies for Healing won the 2011 Written Media Award from the International Society for the Study of Trauma & Dissociation, an award given for the best written work of the year on trauma. He is founding editor of an online magazine, “The Trauma & Mental Health Report,” that is now visited by over 100,000 readers a year.
Dr. Muller’s newest book is entitled Trauma and the Struggle to Open Up, and it’s about how to navigate the psychotherapy relationship with challenging trauma clients. This book is available purchase on Amazon.
“Trauma and the Avoidant Client is just right. It hits the ground running. The eight chapters are well-written, helpful and relevant and each finishes with a great summary of the main therapeutic points. While obviously strongly embedded in attachment theory and backed up with Professor Rob Muller’s research, it is not a tedious theoretical read, and is written by someone with a good deal of clinical skill and knowledge. This is a book for therapists. . . . A very good buy.”
– New Zealand College of Clinical Psychology Journal
“This text is invaluable to a range of healthcare practitioners seeking to understand more deeply how people respond when faced with the challenging prospect of focusing on their vulnerabilities and I would consider this high-recommended reading for those training to become counsellors and psychotherapists.”
-Healthcare Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal (UK)
“[A] practical, useful and empirically based guide….[I]nsightful and relevant to all age groups….[E]asy to read and I would definitely recommend it….[H]ighly practical and insightful.”
– Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work
“Clinical experience blends with research and theory to provide a fine survey of defensive patterns and how they can be changed.”
– Midwest Book Review
“Clinically perceptive, theoretically clear, and research-informed, this book is filled with clinical gems.”
– Leslie S. Greenberg, PhD, Distinguished Research Professor, York University
Podcast Featuring Dr. Muller:
Becoming a trauma therapist – free podcast available here:
Videos Featuring Dr. Muller:
Robert T. Muller Ph.D., C. Psych. – CAMH Lecture on Trauma Therapy