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Healing from Trauma A Survivor's Guide to Understanding Your Symptoms and Reclaiming Your Life

ISBN-10: 1600940617
ISBN-13: 9781600940613
Edition: 2007
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Description: - For survivors rather than professionals--from a therapist who is also a trauma survivor: With the innovativeness of Waking the Tiger and the practical heft of I Can't Get Over It, Cori explores the journey all trauma survivors make, offering  More...

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Book details

List price: $15.99
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Da Capo Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/8/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

- For survivors rather than professionals--from a therapist who is also a trauma survivor: With the innovativeness of Waking the Tiger and the practical heft of I Can't Get Over It, Cori explores the journey all trauma survivors make, offering practical information and healing stories that provide a way out for those who are suffering. - Unique insights and strategies for healing: As both a licensed therapist and a client, Cori's frank talk about the downside of the psychotherapy field and medications is revelatory. Her empowering suggestions for clients in psychotherapy include how to know when a therapist is talking too much and when it's appropriate to change therapists. Along with devoting a chapter to relevant spiritual issues, Healing from Trauma also provides tools that have not been shared directly with survivors in this practical way. - Speaks to an increasingly large audience: Sources of psychological trauma include sexual abuse, interpersonal violence, war, natural disasters, life-threatening accidents, and tragic losses. One in 10 women, (and one in 20 men) will experience PTSD. Many more will suffer depression, addictions, and other mental disorders and life problems that stem from unhealed trauma. Two of the biggest sources of long-lasting trauma effects are childhood abuse and sexual assault. Cori's book reaches out to this ever-growing number of trauma survivors.

Robert Scaer, MD, a board-certified neurologist with forty years of clinical experience, lives in Louisville, Colorado.

Acknowledgments
Foreword
Introduction: A Trauma Book for Those in the Trenches
Shit Happens
What Is Trauma?
Why Do Some People Suffer More Than Others?
Hidden Traumas
Identifying Your Traumas (Exercise)
Will It Always Be Like This?
Two Kinds of Suffering
Ten Points to Remember
It's a Body Thing
What Happens in Trauma?
Caught in Lower Brain Centers
Under the Influence
Taking Back the Control Room
Resilience
Getting the Traction to Move On
Ten Points to Remember
The Footprints of Trauma
Tracks in the Body
Sensitivities
Triggers, Triggers Everywhere
The Lion, the Scarecrow, and the Tin Man
Not All Here (Dissociation)
I Can't Think!
Turned to Stone (Numbing)
Amnesia, Flashbacks, and Fragmented Memory
Insomnia
Intrusive Thoughts and Images
Self-Injuring Behaviors
Guilty without Charge
Living in a Broom Closet
Ruptured Boundaries
Relationship Patterns
Feeling Broken
Alone in an Uncaring World
Ten Points to Remember
Trauma-Related Disorders
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Acute Stress Disorder
Depression
Anxiety Disorders
Addictions
Eating Disorders
Dissociative Disorders
Borderline Personality
Physical Diseases Related to Trauma
Casualties of Trauma
Two Cocoons
Exploring Your Cocoon (Exercise)
Ten Points to Remember
The Journey of Healing
Kelly's Story: A Hard-Won Self
Basic Requirements for the Journey
A Deliberate Curriculum
The Tasks of Healing
Personal Resources
Assessing Your Resources (Exercise)
The Spiral of Healing
Jana's Story: The Importance of Deep Listening
The Drive for Completion
Realigning with Your Wholeness
Each Path Is Unique
Ten Points to Remember
How to Choose the Right Helpers
Sharing Your Trauma History
Things to Consider When Working with Health Practitioners
Is Psychotherapy for Me? How Long Will It Take?
Choosing the Right Therapist
Wounded and Wounding Healers
When Is It Appropriate to Change Therapists?
Can I Heal Without Psychotherapy?
Ten Points to Remember
Selecting Your Interventions
Containment versus Catharsis
EMDR and Alternating Bilateral Stimulation (ABS)
Point Therapies
The TARA Approach for the Resolution of Shock and Trauma
Somatic Therapies
Hands-On Therapies for Trauma
Imagery-Based Therapies
Corrective Experiences
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Changing Experience through a Pattern Interrupt
Help from Peers
Residential Treatment Programs
Medications and Natural Alternatives
The Decisions Are Yours
Ten Points to Remember
Tools for Dealing with Trauma
Slowing Down the Process
Keeping One Foot on Solid Ground
Grounding
Finding Your Rock
Controlling Your Arousal Level
Learning to Self-Soothe
Accepting Comfort from Another Person
Seeing Options
The Three S's: Stop, Soothe, Support (An Antidote for Hyperarousal)
The Three R's: Refocus, Reconnect, Reenter (An Antidote for Dissociation)
The Control Button
Ten Points to Remember
Tools for Living
Your Job as Manager
Becoming a Fierce Protector and Advocate for Yourself
Supportive Life Structures
Knowing Your Medicine
Nurturing Self-Talk
Gaining Control of Your Mind
Objectivity
Strengthening Boundaries
Cultivating a Friendly Relationship with Your Body
Humor
Journaling
Creativity and Self-Expression
The Gifts of Nature
Snuggling Up to the World
The Best Revenge Is a Happy Life
Ten Points to Remember
Spiritual Issues
Why Did God Let This Happen?
An Earnest Search
Hidden Gifts
What Spiritual Life Has to Offer
The Transcendence Trap
Expansion and Contraction
What's Suffering Got to Do with It?
Accepting Life as It Is
An Integrated Spirituality
Terry's Story: Toward an Integrated Spirituality
Ten Points to Remember
Ain't Broke no More
Surviving or Thriving?
Signs of Healing
Signs of Wholeness
A New Me
Coming Home
Robert's Story: War No More
It's Never Too Late for a Little Happiness
Ten Points to Remember
My Story
Ten Points to Remember
Bodywork Therapies
Notes
Glossary
Resources
Index

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