Life After Trauma, Second Edition A Workbook for Healing

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-03-10
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press

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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.

"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

"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, and in private practice, Washington, DC

"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

Author Biography

Dena Rosenbloom, PhD, a clinical psychologist in private practice in Glastonbury, Connecticut, specializes in supporting people through the healing process following traumatic life events. She also conducts trainings and workshops for a broad range of audiences as well as critical incident stress debriefings for groups of people who have shared a traumatic experience.

Mary Beth Williams, PhD, LCSW, CTS, is in private practice in Warrenton, Virginia, specializing in the treatment of trauma-related disorders. She is widely published in the field of trauma and is an instructor for the Office for Victims of Crime at the U.S. Department of Justice. She conducts training workshops on trauma for professionals internationally.

Barbara E. Watkins is a writer and editor living in Boston.

Table of Contents

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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Fabulous book July 31, 2011
This textbook is helpful for the patient who can and wants to work through difficulties between sessions and is supported by a well trained therapist (psychologist) to do so. It is recommended among colleagues. I would not recommend it for someone as a self help book as the therapy needs to accompany such recovery and healing. Excellent exercises and explanations as to what a patient with trauma experiences is going through....well written and understandable. Highly recommend it.
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