Select Page

Books by Alysa Zalma

  • Pulled by the Root: An Adoptee’s Healing Journey From Trauma, Shame, and Loss

    Adoption involves complex trauma that, if unhealed and unheard, will pulse through subsequent generations. Pulled by the Root is a raw, vivid, and cinematic account of Heidi Marble’s lived experience as an adopted person. The story is led by Heidi as she pieces together her identity and comes home to her true self. Each chapter is followed by psychiatrist Alysa Zalma’s commentary, which extracts the essence of what is happening psychologically and spiritually.


    Pulled by the Root is an awakening not only to the experience of being adopted but also to the experience of being human.

    See details
Dr. Zalma is a board-certified psychiatrist who received her MD from Tufts University School of Medicine. She completed her medical internship at Harvard Medical School and her residency in psychiatry at Oregon Health and Sciences University. Her areas of specialty include the psychoanalytic perspective on adoption, eating disorders, body image, trauma, depressive and anxiety spectrum disorders, and holistic approaches to mind-body and energy medicine. She is the director of the Surya Chandra Center, an Oregon-based day retreat center that promotes healing, health, and wellness through yoga, meditation, and energy medicine ceremony. She has been in private practice for over 20 years.

Visit author website