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becoming your true self: a handbook for the journey from trauma to healthy autonomy
vivian broughton | drawings by karen McMillan
Green Balloon Publishing / Softcover / 2014-01-01 / 0955968356
Self Help
price: $19.95 (may be subject to change)
80 pages
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This revised and updated edition of becoming your true self offers more information about the effects of traumatisation, particularly the traumas that happening very early in life, before we have cognitive memory.

The object of this book is to provide helpful information about you; about how you can become the authority of your life, rather than a hostage of your life, because traumatic experiences leave us with deep feelings of helplessness and vulnerability.

We think of trauma as the big and obvious events, such as major catastrophes like 9/11 or a tsunami, or as childhood abuse and neglect. These are important of course, but there are other potential traumas that are rarely talked about. They happen at a time that we do not remember and cannot discuss.

becoming your true self will take you on a journey of hope. Trauma can be healed and resolved. You can’t do all the work of healing your trauma on your own, but this handbook can help you understand yourself better, gives you some basics to help you on your way, and gives you some pointers to finding the appropriate help.

table of contents:


why bother?

but what happens?

what is autonomy?

what is trauma?


the trauma of love

who am I? – the trauma of identity entanglements, attributions and identifications

the father…

sexual trauma…

and so…

the task of healing

getting to know you…

understanding feelings


healthy relationships

so now what?

about me…

about Karen

further reading

about the author:

Vivian Broughton is a Gestalt Psychotrauma psychotherapist. She has been practising as a psychotherapist since 1989. She came into contact with the work of Professor Franz Ruppert in 2005 and has been a practitioner and ongoing student of his work since then.

She sees private clients in London, has her own training in the Identity – oriented Pyschotrauma work of Professor Ruppert in London, and in addition, she currently teaches Ruppert’s work on trainings in Istanbul and Singapore. She also has worked and taught in Israel, The Netherlands, Brazil, the USA and Norway. She has published three books and carries a continuous weblog on the topic of Identity Trauma on her website.

In addition, she has edited the English translation of all of Franz’s Ruppert’s books.

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