Forgotten Memories

Forgotten Memories

by Barbara Schave
     
 

During psychoanalysis as a young adult, the author was treated by an analyst who distorted, misunderstood, and misinterpreted painful childhood events. In a successful second analysis, Dr. Schave was able to uncover forgotten memories of sexual abuse, buried from her conscious awareness for over 35 years. The author's emotional contact with the realities of her

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During psychoanalysis as a young adult, the author was treated by an analyst who distorted, misunderstood, and misinterpreted painful childhood events. In a successful second analysis, Dr. Schave was able to uncover forgotten memories of sexual abuse, buried from her conscious awareness for over 35 years. The author's emotional contact with the realities of her traumatic past led to a healing process, and as Dr. Schave understood and overcame her childhood experiences, she was better able to treat other survivors of sexual abuse.

Schave's story is vitally important to other survivors because it is a first person account that details the recovery process. In a compelling manner, she relates what she can remember of her abuse and more importantly, how she came to realize she was not a damaged person. Incest is taboo in our culture, making it a difficult subject to discuss. For this and other reasons, not much is known about how to treat survivors. With her hard-won personal and professional insights, Dr. Schave explores various treatment options, focusing on the crucial importance of sensitivity, honesty, and equal partnership between therapist and patient. She leads survivors of sexual abuse through phases of therapy that include the toleration of feelings, reduction of stress, uncovering forgotten memories, confrontation, and integrating the trauma. This is a unique and hopeful book. abuse is important for its first-person account

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Booknews
A first-person account of the recovery process from childhood sexual abuse. While describing her own experiences, Schave, a clinical psychologist, explores various treatment options that can be used to help abuse victims through definable phases of therapy. Appropriate for abuse victims and therapists involved with such cases. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275945428
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/12/1993
Pages:
170
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.44(d)

Meet the Author

BARBARA SCHAVE is a practicing clinical psychologist in Beverly Hills. She is the author of four books in the areas of developmental psychology and education: Identity and Intimacy in Twins (Praeger, 1982), Curriculum Design (1984), Issues in School Reform (1985), Early Adolescence and the Search for Self (Praeger, 1898). She works with survivors of sexual abuse in her clinical private practice.

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