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Reclaim yourself from childhood trauma—evidence-based strategies for healing complex PTSD
Repetitive trauma during childhood can impact your emotional development, creating a ripple effect that carries into adulthood. Complex post-traumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD) is a physical and psychological response to these repeated traumatic events. A Practical Guide to Complex PTSD contains research-based strategies, tools, and support for individuals working to heal from their childhood trauma. You don’t have to be a prisoner of your past.
Learn the skills necessary to improve your physical and mental health with practical strategies taken from the most effective therapeutic methods, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), and somatic psychology. When appropriately addressed, the wounds of your past no longer need to interfere with your ability to live a meaningful and satisfying life.
This book includes:
- Understand C-PTSD—Get an in-depth explanation of complex PTSD, including its symptoms, its treatment through various therapies, and more.
- Address the symptoms—Discover evidence-based strategies for healing the symptoms of complex PTSD, like avoidance, depression, emotional dysregulation, and hopelessness.
- Real stories—Relate to others’ experiences with complex PTSD with multiple real-life examples included in each chapter.
Start letting go of the pain from your past—A Practical Guide to Complex PTSD can help show you how.
A mind-body workbook for healing and overcoming Complex PTSD
Those affected by complex PTSD, or C-PTSD, commonly feel as though there is something fundamentally wrong with them―that somewhere inside there is a part of them that needs to be fixed. Facing one’s PTSD is a brave, courageous act―and with the right guidance, recovery is possible.
In The Complex PTSD Workbook, you’ll learn all about C-PTSD and gain valuable insight into the types of symptoms associated with unresolved childhood trauma. Take healing into your own hands while applying strategies to help integrate positive beliefs and behaviors.
Discover your path to recovery with:
- Examples and exercises―Uncover your own instances of trauma with PTSD activities designed to teach you positive strategies.
- Expert guidance―Explore common PTSD diagnoses and common methods of PTSD therapy including somatic therapy, CBT, and mind-body perspectives.
- Prompts and reflections―Apply the strategies you’ve learned and identify PTSD symptoms with insightful writing prompts.
Find the tools you need to work through C-PTSD and regain emotional control with this mind-body workbook.
Within these pages, you will find an invitation to see yourself as the hero or heroine of your own life journey. A hero's journey involves walking into the darkness on a quest for wholeness. This interactive format calls for journaling and self-reflection, with practices that guide you beyond the pain of your past and help you discover a sense of meaning and purpose in your life. Successful navigation of a hero's journey provides opportunities to discover that you are more powerful than you had previously realized.
Written by Dr. Arielle Schwartz, bestselling author of The Complex PTSD Workbook, this healing guide provides a step-by-step approach to trauma recovery that integrates:
- Mindfulness & yoga
- Somatic psychology
- EMDR therapy
- Parts work therapy
- Relational therapy
A guide to help EMDR practitioners to integrate somatic therapy into their sessions.
Clients who have experienced traumatic events and seek EMDR therapists rely on them as guides through their most vulnerable moments. Trauma leaves an imprint on the body, and if clinicians don't know how to stay embodied in the midst of these powerful relational moments, they risk shutting down with their clients or becoming overwhelmed by the process. If the body is not integrated into EMDR therapy, full and effective trauma treatment is unlikely.
This book offers an integrative model of treatment that teaches therapists how to increase the client's capacity to sense and feel the body, helps the client work through traumatic memories in a safe and regulated manner, and facilitates lasting integration.
Part I (foundational concepts) offers a broad discussion of theory and science related to trauma treatment. Readers will be introduced to essential components of EMDR therapy and somatic psychology. The discussion then deepens into the science of embodiment through the lens of research on emotion, memory, attachment, interpersonal neurobiology, and the impact of trauma on overall health. This part of the book emphasizes the principles of successful trauma treatment as phase-oriented, mindfulness-based, noninterpretive, experiential, relational, regulation focused, and resilience-informed.
Part II (interventions) presents advanced scripted protocols that can be integrated into the eight phases of EMDR therapy. These interventions provide support for therapists and clients who want to build somatic awareness through experiential explorations that incorporate mindfulness of sensations, movement impulses, breath, and boundaries.
Other topics discussed include a focus on complex PTSD and attachment trauma, which addresses topics such as working with preverbal memories, identifying ego states, and regulating dissociation; chronic pain or illness; and culturally-based traumatic events. Also included is a focused model of embodied self-care to prevent compassion fatigue and burnout.
Wiederholte Traumatisierungen in der Kindheit können die emotionale Entwicklung beeinträchtigen und schwere seelische Verletzungen verursachen, die auch im Erwachsenenalter fortbestehen. Die komplexe posttraumatische Belastungsstörung (KPTBS) ist eine körperliche und psychische Reaktion auf diese wiederholten traumatischen Ereignisse. Schließe Frieden mit deiner Kindheit enthält forschungsbasierte Strategien, Methoden und Hilfestellung, um Kindheitstraumata selbst zu heilen. Denn niemand muss Gefangener seiner Vergangenheit sein.
Mit praktischen Strategien aus den effektivsten Therapieansätzen – darunter kognitive Verhaltenstherapie, Dialektisch-Behaviorale Verhaltenstherapie, EMDR und somatische Psychologie – lassen sich körperliche und geistige Gesundheit wirksam verbessern.
Werden die Wunden der Vergangenheit angemessen behandelt, werden sie die Fähigkeit, ein erfülltes und befriedigendes Leben zu führen, nicht länger beeinträchtigen.
KPTBS verstehen: ausführliche Erklärung der komplexen PTBS einschließlich ihrer Symptome, ihrer Behandlung durch verschiedene Therapien und mehr.
Die Symptome behandeln: evidenzbasierte Strategien zur Heilung der Symptome der komplexen PTBS wie Vermeidung, Depression, emotionale Dysregulation und Hoffnungslosigkeit.
Echte Fallgeschichten: Erfahrungsberichte von Betroffenen in jedem Kapitel.