by Dena Rosenbloom, PhD and Mary Beth Williams, PhD
This supportive workbook helps trauma survivors find and use crucial skills for coping, self-understanding, and self-care.
Trauma can turn your world upside down—afterward, nothing may look safe or familiar. This compassionate workbook has already helped tens of thousands of trauma survivors start rebuilding their lives. Full of practical strategies for coping and self-care, the book guides you toward reclaiming a solid sense of safety, self-worth, trust, and control, as well as the capacity to be close to others. The focus is on finding the way forward in your life today, no matter what has happened in the past. The updated second edition has a new section on managing emotions through mindfulness and an appendix on easing the stress of health care visits. Dozens of step-by-step questionnaires and exercises are included.
"A thorough and compassionate workbook. The authors combine basic information, exercises, and examples in a highly readable and accessible format. This book will be particularly useful for readers taking their first steps on the journey of recovery from trauma."
-Maxine Harris, PhD, coauthor of Healing the Trauma of Abuse
"Step by guided step, this workbook offers a careful, caring assist out of the emotional tangle that can result from trauma....Clear, comprehensive, well-grounded, and well-organized—real help for those in a vulnerable place."
-Kirkus Reviews (on the prior edition)
"This practical workbook explains the impact of trauma and provides resources for coping. Survivors will benefit from the empathic tone and the personalized worksheets. Most important, this is a hopeful book that emphasizes that healing is possible, a much-needed message."
-Christine A. Courtois, PhD, author of Healing the Incest Wound; private practice, Washington, DC
"Life After Trauma is written by two attuned, experienced trauma professionals who connect with their readers' pain, resources, and determination. The reader feels seen, held, guided, and respected all along the way."
-from the foreword by Laurie Anne Pearlman, PhD
"Anyone who chances on this workbook or is referred to it is extremely fortunate. It offers hope and guidance, speaking to the reader in personal ways that open paths for growth. I am especially impressed by the number and diversity of practical, realistic exercises. The authors provide concrete direction as they share their collective wisdom and experience."
-Carroll Ann Ellis, MA, Director of Victim Services, Fairfax County (Virginia) Police Department
352 pages; 6 X 9;soft bound
Foreword to the Second Edition, Laurie Anne Pearlman
Prologue. Before You Begin
1. After Trauma. Why You Feel Thrown for a Loop
2. Ways of Coping after the Trauma
3. Thinking Things Through
4. Feeling Safe; Being Safe
5. What Does It Mean to Trust?
6. Regaining Control in Your Life
7. Valuing Yourself and Others
8. Feeling Close to Others
Epilogue. Healing for the Long Term
Appendix A. Taking Care of Yourself in Health Care Settings
Appendix B. Recommended Resources
Appendix C. About Psychotherapy
Appendix D. How Mental Health Professionals Can Use This Workbook
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