Trauma can turn a person's world upside down--afterward, nothing may look safe or familiar. This supportive workbook helps trauma survivors find and use crucial skills for coping, self-understanding, and self-care. Even when the worst has happened, this book shows how it is possible to feel good again. Filled with comforting activities, relaxation techniques, self-evaluation questionnaires, and exercises, the workbook explains how and why trauma can throw you for a loop and what survivors can do now to cope. Chapters guide readers step-by-step toward reclaiming a basic sense of safety, self-worth, and control over their lives, as well as the capacity to trust and be close to others. Readers learn how to protect themselves from overwhelming memories and to heal from trauma-related reactions that may be disturbing their day-to-day lives. Written by experts in treating trauma and based on extensive research, the workbook can be used on its own or in conjunction with psychotherapy.
-from the publisher
Table of Contents:
Foreword, Laurie Anne Pearlman, Ph.D.
Prologue: Before You Begin
1. After Trauma: Why You Feel Thrown for a Loop
2. Ways of Coping After Trauma
3. Thinking Things Through
4. Being Safe, Feeling Safe
5. What Does it Mean to Trust?
6. Regaining Some Control in Your Life
7. Valuing Yourself and Others
8. Intimacy: Getting Close to Others
Epilogue: Healing for the Long Term
A. Suggested Readings and Resources
B. About Psychotherapy
C. Letter to Professionals