Hungry For Touch

A Journey From Fear To Desire

Non-Fiction - Memoir
342 Pages
Reviewed on 04/10/2016
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Author Biography

Laureen Peltier is a professionally trained speaker and published author. At the age of 38, after living with trauma induced PTSD for 30 years, she entered therapy, choosing an integrative psychiatric model to heal. She focuses on educating others on the possibility of making a full recovery from PTSD, as well as the benefits of healing past trauma.

Laureen is a State Certified Speaker Trainer for the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI), as well as one of their most seasoned speakers. She has piloted several programs for NAMI, including NAMI in the Lobby, IOOV and anti-stigma campaigns, such as Hope for Recovery posters. A passionate speaker for RAINN and other organizations, Laureen is a sought-after speaker for medical and nursing schools, and has participated in several online and DVD documentaries focusing on PTSD recovery

    Book Review

Reviewed by Emily White for Readers' Favorite

Hungry For Touch: A Journey From Fear To Desire by Laureen Peltier is a non-fiction memoir about the author’s tormenting memory of her father taking sexual advantage of her and molesting her. Peltier has tried to forget the damaging memories, but when the sexual trauma is triggered, she realizes that she cannot keep it buried any longer. When she meets Dr. Erickson, she agrees to one year of therapy to overcome her memories, fears, and anger. Dr. Erickson is unconventional and goes about therapy and healing in unique and controversial ways. He pressures Peltier into fighting against her trauma and fears. Peltier is scared, but she is also ready to have a meaningful and healthy relationship when it comes to love, sex, and intimacy. And she knows she never will unless she can heal from the horrible issues of her past.

Hungry For Touch is a heart breaking story. It is not for the faint of heart because it deals with some truly horrible and disturbing issues. But Peltier does such a good job of explaining what happened to her and making the reader feel safe as we struggle to come to terms with the trauma at the same time as the author. I felt like I was going through the therapy with Dr. Erickson, and creating that level of immersion is not an easy feat. Kudos to Peltier for being able to pull it off. This was a strong and honest memoir that people will come to respect.

Jessyca Garcia

Laureen Peltier's book Hungry For Touch is a very emotional story. Peltier tells how she suffered from PTSD as a result of being molested at an early age by her own father. Peltier did not remember everything that her father did until her boss sexually harassed her, which caused the memories to come back. Peltier also tells how therapy eventually helped her to learn to live and be okay with being touched by another person.

Hungry for Touch may not be for everyone. It could cause people to remember things they do not want to. Peltier’s chapters alternate between her childhood/adult memories and her therapy appointments. In her therapy chapters, the reader is in therapy with her, hearing and seeing everything that went on. The therapist uses different techniques on her to help her to learn to like being touched. I really appreciated that Peltier explained each technique used and how it worked. I have never experienced therapy so I was not aware of all of the different exercises therapists use. However, I did think that the exercises were interesting, especially EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing). I also understood how Peltier felt when asked if she does drugs. Not everyone who seeks help does drugs. The memory chapters in the book read like a story. I loved how Peltier made me remember what it was like to be a child and not be afraid of anything. These chapters were my favorite part of the book.

Overall, I thought this was a good book. At times some things are repetitive, but the reader must revive memories and therapy is repetitive. I also think Peltier is a very strong woman. I do not know how she can still talk to her father after all this, but I admire her for doing so. I am happy that she is finally able to live her life and wish her nothing but the best.

Milan Fila

Laureen Peltier’s memoir, Hungry For Touch: A Journey From Fear To Desire, is about her journey to overcome her fears and anxieties about intimate relationships because of a molestation that occurred when she was a child. When Peltier meets Dr. Erickson, he advises her not to think about her father’s abuse of power too much. But of course Peltier does. It is all she can think about. She thinks about how she hates having anyone touch her. She pushes men away and she is strongly afraid of sex. But for the first time in a long time, she can ask questions and look past her fear. Why does the trauma she experienced as a young girl affect her current relationships? And if so, what can she do to change the way she feels now? Dr. Erickson offers unconventional therapies that just might give Peltier a chance at truly healthy future relationships.

I was impressed at the honesty that Laureen Peltier offered in her memoir Hungry For Touch: A Journey From Fear To Desire. Sexual abuse is not an easy thing to talk about and I can’t imagine the strength it must have taken to open that chapter of her life up for people all across the world to read. But I am glad that she did. This story is moving and inspirational. It opens a dialogue that we should be having and helps people understand that there are choices to be made. There are actions we can take to no longer be victims and learn to live the life we were destined to live. Peltier did an amazing job and I believe this story can truly change people’s lives.