Even when the worst has happened, it "is" possible to feel good again. This compassionate workbook has already helped tens of thousands of trauma survivors start rebuilding their lives, with a focus on the posttrauma present. Full of practical strategies for coping and self-care, the book guides readers step by step toward reclaiming a basic sense of safety, self-worth, trust, and control, as well as the capacity to be close to others. Updated throughout, the second edition has a new section on managing emotions through mindfulness and an appendix on easing the stress of health care visits. The larger trim size makes it easier to work through the dozens of engaging questionnaires and exercises.
"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 (on the prior edition)
"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