The Courage to Heal 4e: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse 20th Anniversary Edition

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Harper Collins, Nov 4, 2008 - Self-Help - 640 pages
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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:

  • Contemporary research on trauma and the brain
  • An overview of powerful new healing tools such as imagery, meditation, and body-centered practices
  • Additional stories that reflect an even greater diversity of survivor experiences
  • The reassuring accounts of survivors who have been healing for more than twenty years
  • The most comprehensive, up-to-date resource guide in the field
  • Insights from the authors' decades of experience

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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Contents

Believing It Happened
91
Preface to the First Edition xv Breaking Silence
102
Healing Is Possible xxiii Understanding That It Wasnt
120
Using the Writing Exercises xxix The Child Within
129
Using Guided Imagery xxxiii Grieving
136
Anger
144
Part One Disclosures and TruthTelling
157
TAKING STOCK TAKING CARE Forgiveness?
171
Reclaiming Your Sexuality
289
Children and Parenting
333
Relating to Your Family Now
352
The Basics
383
Introduction
409
Anna Stevens
424
RESOURCE GUIDE
521
Finding Help Building Community
525

Recognizing the Damage 3 Spirituality
177
Honoring What You Did Resolution and Moving On
188
Part
205
THE HEALING PROCESS Getting in Touch With Your Feelings
222
An Overview 55 Trauma and the Brain
242
The Emergency Stage 64 Healthy Intimacy
271
Resilience
569
Special Topics
576
Abuse by Clergy
582
Acknowledgments
587
Religious Issues
599
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A pioneer in the field of healing from child sexual abuse, Ellen Bass currently teaches in the MFA program at Pacific University in Oregon. Her poetry books include Mules of Love and The Human Line.

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