The Courage to Heal 4e: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse 20th Anniversary Edition
Come to terms with your past while moving powerfully into the future
The Courage to Heal is an inspiring, comprehensive guide that offers hope and a map of the healing journey to every woman who was sexually abused as a child—and to those who care about her. Although the effects of child sexual abuse are long-term and severe, healing is possible.
Weaving together personal experience with professional knowledge, the authors provide clear explanations, practical suggestions, and support throughout the healing process. Readers will feel recognized and encouraged by hundreds of moving first-person stories drawn from interviews and the authors' extensive work with survivors, both nationally and internationally.
This completely revised and updated 20th anniversary edition continues to provide the compassionate wisdom the book has been famous for, as well as many new features:
Cherished by survivors, and recommended by therapists and institutions everywhere, The Courage to Heal has often been called the bible of healing from child sexual abuse. This new edition will continue to serve as the healing beacon it has always been.
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Although neither Ellen Bass nor Laura Davis are trained mental health professionals, they developed what is widely considered the "Bible" for adult women who have experienced sexual abuse during ... Read full review
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Based on the premise that "everyone wants to become whole,'' this book offers help and encouragement to women who were sexually abused in childhood. Through moving firstperson narratives, it ... Read full review
Believing It Happened
Preface to the First Edition xv Breaking Silence
Healing Is Possible xxiii Understanding That It Wasnt
Using the Writing Exercises xxix The Child Within
Using Guided Imagery xxxiii Grieving
Part One Disclosures and TruthTelling
TAKING STOCK TAKING CARE Forgiveness?
Reclaiming Your Sexuality
Children and Parenting
Relating to Your Family Now
Finding Help Building Community
Recognizing the Damage 3 Spirituality
Honoring What You Did Resolution and Moving On
THE HEALING PROCESS Getting in Touch With Your Feelings
An Overview 55 Trauma and the Brain
The Emergency Stage 64 Healthy Intimacy
Abuse by Clergy