Trauma can turn your world upside down—afterward, nothing may look safe or familiar. This compassionate workbook has already helped tens of thousands of trauma survivors start rebuilding their lives. Full of practical strategies for coping and self-care, the book guides you toward reclaiming a solid sense of safety, self-worth, trust, and control, as well as the capacity to be close to others. The focus is on finding the way forward in your life today, no matter what has happened in the past. The updated second edition has a new section on managing emotions through mindfulness and an appendix on easing the stress of health care visits. Dozens of step-by-step questionnaires and exercises are included.
- Foreword to the Second Edition, Laurie Anne Pearlman
- Prologue. Before You Begin
- 1. After Trauma: Why You Feel Thrown for a Loop
- 2. Ways of Coping after the Trauma
- 3. Thinking Things Through
- 4. Feeling Safe; Being Safe
- 5. What Does It Mean to Trust?
- 6. Regaining Control in Your Life
- 7. Valuing Yourself and Others
- 8. Feeling Close to Others
- Epilogue. Healing for the Long Term
- Appendix A. Taking Care of Yourself in Health Care Settings
- Appendix B. Recommended Resources
- Appendix C. About Psychotherapy
- Appendix D. How Mental Health Professionals Can Use This Workbook
Survivors of any kind of traumatic experience, as well as therapists and counselors who work with them.