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From Surviving to Thriving : A Therapist's Guide to Stage II Recovery for Survivors of Childhood Abuse
Bratton, Mary
Routledge / Haworth Press / Softcover / 1998-11-01 / 0789002566
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Become more effective in therapy when working with survivors of abuse!

From Surviving to Thriving: A Therapist’s Guide to Stage II Recovery for Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse is a comprehensive manual for treating survivors of childhood physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. Inspired by the author’s own private practice, it combines both theory and practice and supports the therapeutic partnership with a step-by-step outline of the healing process. This outline includes concrete and incremental strategies and exercises that help you move the survivor beyond Stage I trauma debriefing to life-changing Stage II recovery.

In From Surviving to Thriving, you’ll find everything you need to know about obtaining and maintaining autonomy and speeding recovery in the age of managed care. The self-contained, focused, and incremental interventions presented in this book can be woven into your own therapeutic style, giving you and your clients more freedom, satisfaction, and, most importantly, swift treatment and recovery. You’ll also find step-by-step guidance for dealing with adult survivors, including rationale for diagnosis, process, and sequence.

In addition to the description of theoretical orientations and illustrations, Surviving to Thriving contains:
an overview and detailed outline of the incremental recovery process
pitfalls and positive strategies for establishing the therapeutic relationship
detailed instructions for building a foundation for effective therapy by reframing the client’s self-concept
explanations of pathological symptoms in context of necessary and “brilliant” survival defenses
workable, specific, and sequential interventions for each stage of healing designed to become autonomous and self-generating for the client
techniques for trauma resolution using the survivor’s internal experience
Because it’s written in accessible language and includes explanations of clinical concepts, you’ll feel comfortable putting From Surviving to Thriving in the hands of select clients—a unique feature that sets it apart from most clinical texts. This book provides exercises to help move clients into the healing recovery of Stage II. Enhanced with art and writing from recovering survivors, this book is a valuable asset as you and your clients begin the collaborative journey toward renewed emotional well-being.
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“A PRACTICAL DESKTOP COMPANION FOR CLINICIANS. . . . Carries the author’s conviction that survivors of childhood abuse are profoundly normal and absolutely extraordinary.” SciTech Book News

“Bratton’s PRACTICAL, STEP-BY-STEP APPROACH touches upon a wide variety of issues, including the incremental recovery process; pitfalls and valuable strategies for establishing the therapeutic relationship; pathological symptoms in the context of creative survival defenses; and techniques for trauma resolution using the survivor’s internal experience.” The Children’s Rights of New York, Inc: Hotline

“A MUST READ FOR ALL, including survivors. . . . There are not enough adjectives to describe what Bratton has captured in this book. . . . She takes a life–long debilitating disorder and unravels its intricacies in concise, succinct, and understandable language.” Phillip A. Whitner, PhD, Sr. Staff Counselor, University Counseling Center, The University of Toledo, Ohio



Part I: The Framework for Healing

Chapter 1. The Therapeutic Agenda
The Dynamics of Trauma
Stage II Recovery
Eight Stages of Healing
The Survivor’s Internal Experience
Diagnostic Issues
Techniques and Strategies
The Therapist’s Role
The Trauma Therapist

Chapter 2. Defining Assault

Chapter 3. Challenging the Distorted Reality
The Role of Family Dysfunction
The Price of Altered Reality
Dysfunction Redefines Reality
Dysfunction Redefines Abuse
Dysfunction Redefines Feelings
Role Reversal
Abuse Plus Dysfunction Equals Destruction

Chapter 4. Using the PTSD Diagnosis as a Therapeutic Intervention
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Physical Responses to Trauma
Emotional Responses to Trauma
Chronic Shock
Legacies of Assault and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Physical Hypervigilance
Emotional Hypervigilance
Blurred Boundaries and Global Guilt
Vulnerability to Repeated Violation
Two Personalities in One Body
Origins of Adult Child Issues
Learning to Ignore External Reality
Blaming Self
Reframing Pathology

Chapter 5. The Survivor’s Internal Experience
Splitting the Self
Pieces of the Puzzle
Three Core Personas

Chapter 6. The Adult
The Origins of the Adult
The Adult As Parent
Owning Self-Parenting Skills

Chapter 7. The Child
The Origins of the Child
Reconnecting with the Child

Chapter 8. The Destroyer
The Origins of the Destroyer
Family Rules
Family Labels
The Destroyer’s Sabotage
The Many Disguises of the Destroyer
Challenging the Destroyer

Chapter 9. Understanding the Brilliance of Childhood Defenses
Forgetting and Fantasy
Choosing Abuse Versus Abandonment
Family Roles
Family Rules and Myths
Considering Change

Part II: The Process of Healing

Chapter 10. Recounting
Blaming Is Not Healing
Understanding Is Not Healing
Forgiveness Is Not Necessary
The Importance of Recounting
Roadblocks to Telling
Roadblocks to Believing
The Nature of Traumatic Memories

Chapter 11. Rediscovering the Child
Alternate Hand Journaling
The Process of Remembering
Moving Deeper
The Language of the Child
Combination of Fact and Feeling Memory

Chapter 12. Rediscovering the Feelings
Learning to Feel
Scaling Feelings
Drawing Feelings
Disguised and Hidden Feelings
Expressing Feelings
The Importance of Anger

Chapter 13. Continuing to Heal

Chapter 14. Reparenting to Resolve Trauma
Discharging the Feelings
Adding Healthy Parenting
Using the Split Personas
Resolution Fantasy
The Dawning of Integration
Declaring Independence
The Power of Resolution Fantasy

Chapter 15. Repairing Developmental Damage
Considering Direct Confrontation
Setting Limits
Anger at the Colluders
Layers of Abuse
Punished for Being Normal
Faulty Belief System
Challenging the Belief System
Identifying and Grieving What Was Missed
Letting Go of the Fantasy
Reparenting Through Grief
Filling in the Gaps
Building Bridges and Fences
The Survivor As Parent
Recognizing Ongoing Abuse
Blocks to Recovery
The Child Resists Healing
The Destroyer Fights Healing
Cycles of Healing

Chapter 16. The End of Healing
Identifying Skills and Strengths
Integrating and Transforming Childhood Defenses
Releasing the Anger
Integrating and Transforming History Integrating and Transforming Feelings
Integrating and Transforming the Destroyer
Integrating and Transforming the Child
Becoming Whole
Letting Go of the Survivor Identity

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