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

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Da Capo Press, 2007 - Self-Help - 260 pages
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While there are many different approaches to healing trauma, few offer a wide range of perspectives and options. With innovative insight into trauma-related difficulties, Jasmin Lee Cori helps you: Understand trauma and its devastating impacts Identify symptoms of trauma (dissociation, numbing, etc.) and common mental health problems that stem from trauma Manage traumatic reactions and memories Create a more balanced life that supports your recovery Choose appropriate interventions (therapies, self-help groups, medications and alternatives) Recognize how far you’ve come in your healing and what you need to keep growing Complete with exercises, healing stories, points to remember, and resources, this is a perfect companion for anyone seeking to reclaim their life from the devastating impacts of trauma.
 

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Contents

1 Shit Happens 1
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What Is Trauma? 2
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Why Do Some People Suffer More Than Others? 3
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Hidden Traumas 6
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Identifying Your Traumas Exercise 8
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Will It Always Be Like This? 9
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Two Kinds of Suffering 10
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Ten Points to Remember 12
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Point Therapies 125
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Somatic Therapies 126
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HandsOn Therapies for Trauma 128
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ImageryBased Therapies 130
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Corrective Experiences 131
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CognitiveBehavioral Therapy CBT 133
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Changing Experience through a Pattern Interrupt 134
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Help from Peers 135
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2 Its a Body Thing 14
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Caught in Lower Brain Centers 16
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Under the Influence 18
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Taking Back the Control Room 19
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Resilience 20
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Getting the Traction to Move On 22
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Ten Points to Remember 24
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3 The Footprints of Trauma 26
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Tracks in the Body 27
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Sensitivities 28
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Triggers Triggers Everywhere 30
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The Lion the Scarecrow and the Tin Man 31
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I Cant Think 35
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Turned to Stone Numbing 36
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Amnesia Flashbacks and Fragmented Memory 37
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Insomnia 39
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SelfInjuring Behaviors 41
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Living in a Broom Closet 43
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Relationship Patterns 44
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Feeling Broken 47
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Alone in an Uncaring World 48
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Ten Points to Remember 49
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4 TraumaRelated Disorders 51
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Posttraumatic Stress Disorder 52
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Acute Stress Disorder 58
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Depression 59
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Anxiety Disorders 61
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Addictions 64
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Eating Disorders 65
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Dissociative Disorders 66
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Borderline Personality 71
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Physical Diseases Related to Trauma 72
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Casualties of Trauma 74
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Two Cocoons 75
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Exploring Your Cocoon Exercise 78
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Ten Points to Remember 79
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5 The Journey of Healing 81
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A HardWon Self 82
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Basic Requirements for the Journey 84
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The Tasks of Healing 85
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Personal Resources 89
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Assessing Your Resources Exercise 92
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The Spiral of Healing 93
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The Importance of Deep Listening 95
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The Drive for Completion 96
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Realigning with Your Wholeness 97
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Each Path Is Unique 99
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6 How to Choose the Right Helpers 101
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Things to Consider When Working with Health Practitioners 103
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Is Psychotherapy for Me? How Long Will It Take? 106
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Choosing the Right Therapist 108
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Wounded and Wounding Healers 113
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When Is It Appropriate to Change Therapists? 115
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Can I Heal Without Psychotherapy? 117
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Ten Points to Remember 118
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7 Selecting Your Interventions 120
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Containment versus Catharsis 121
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EMDR and Alternating Bilateral Stimulation ABS 123
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Residential Treatment Programs 139
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The Decisions Are Yours 145
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Ten Points to Remember 147
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8 Tools for Dealing with Trauma 149
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Keeping One Foot on Solid Ground 151
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Grounding 153
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Finding Your Rock 155
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Controlling Your Arousal Level 157
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Learning to SelfSoothe 160
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Accepting Comfort from Another Person 161
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Seeing Options 162
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Stop Soothe Support An Antidote for Hyperarousal 164
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Refocus Reconnect Reenter An Antidote forDissociation 165
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The Control Button 167
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9 Tools for Living 169
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Becoming a Fierce Protector and Advocate for Yourself 171
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Supportive Life Structures 173
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Knowing Your Medicine 174
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Nurturing SelfTalk 176
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Gaining Control of Your Mind 177
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Objectivity 178
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Strengthening Boundaries 181
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Cultivating a Friendly Relationship with Your Body 182
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Humor 184
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Journaling 185
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Creativity and SelfExpression 188
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The Gifts of Nature 189
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Snuggling Up to the World 192
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The Best Revenge Is a Happy Life 193
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Ten Points to Remember 194
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10 Spiritual Issues 196
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An Earnest Search 197
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Hidden Gifts 198
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What Spiritual Life Has to Offer 201
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The Transcendence Trap 204
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Expansion and Contraction 206
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Whats Suffering Got to Do with It? 208
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Accepting Life as It Is 209
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An Integrated Spirituality 210
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Toward an Integrated Spirituality 211
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Ten Points to Remember 213
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11 Aint Broke No More 215
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Signs of Healing 216
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Signs of Wholeness 219
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A New Me 221
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Coming Home 222
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War No More 224
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Its Never Too Late for a Little Happiness 226
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Ten Points to Remember 227
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12 My Story 229
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Ten Points to Remember 234
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Bodywork Therapies 235
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Notes 239
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Glossary 246
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Resources 251
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Index 255
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Jasmin Lee Cori, MS, LPC, is a psychotherapist and former psychology teacher. The author of The Tao of Contemplation and The Tarot of Transformation, she lives in Colorado. www.jasmincori.com
Robert Scaer, MD, is the author of The Trauma Spectrum and The Body Bears the Burden: Trauma, Dissociation, and Disease.

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