The PTSD Workbook: Simple, Effective Techniques for Overcoming Traumatic Stress Symptoms

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In The PTSD Workbook, two psychologists and trauma experts gather together techniques and interventions used by PTSD experts from around the world to offer trauma survivors the most effective tools available to conquer their most distressing trauma-related symptoms. Readers learn how to determine the type of trauma they experienced, identify their symptoms, and learn the most effective strategies they can use to overcome them.

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“This excellent workbook, based on a rich body of research, will be helpful to anyone who has experienced a sudden, incomprehensible event or suffered lifelong abuse. The authors have provided readers with a clear, comprehensive explanation of trauma, accompanied by practical yet creative exercises to help them manage their trauma symptoms. It’s also a valuable resource for clinicians as well as members of the general public striving to understand trauma and return to everyday functioning.”
—Betty Stevens-Guille, Ph.D., C.Psych., Trauma Specialist, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

“For those who believe that they will never feel ‘normal’ after a traumatic event, this workbook provides many techniques that survivors can use to jump start their recovery…an extremely important tool for growth and strength.”
—James D. Baxendale, Ph.D., CTS

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572242821
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
  • Publication date: 4/2/2002
  • Series: Workbook Series
  • Edition description: Workbook
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.02 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Beth Willams, Ph.D., LCSW, CTS, treats trauma survivors in private practice at Trauma Recovery Education & Counseling Center in Warrenton, Virginia. She also specialized in crisis intervention as a school social worker. Williams is well known in U.S. and international trauma circles as an author, researcher, lecturer, and social policy advisor. She is the past-president of the Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists.

Soili Poijula, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and licensed psychotherapist at Oy Synolon Ltd., Center for Trauma Psychology in Finland. She has been a member of the Finnish Red Cross Catastrophe Group and Finland’s Ministry of Health Advisory Board.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2009

    Beware of this book.

    If you suffer from PTSD like I do I say beware of going though this book by yourself. It may be easier to do with a doctor there, but do not do it by yourself. The book asks you to relive what you have been though.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2008

    Perfect for Repressed Memories of Child Abuse

    In the fall of 2007, at 40 years of age, I began having flashbacks of extreme sexual and psychological abuse from 3 years old until approx. 9 years old. I am a generally very happy, productive outgoing person who believes in combating injustices. I have an AA in psychology and a Masters in Theology. I never, in a milliion years, thought I had this kind of history and when the falshbacks began I and my family thought I had truly lost my mind. Through the help of counselinga nd a supportive circle of family and friends, I have come a long way. This workbook is one of the most helpful tools. I have emailed the title and content info to several people I know who work with abusive families and victims and we all agree....FANTASTIC! I must-have for healing!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2005

    Help Yourself Heal

    After an accident & surgery & a long rehab period, I suffered from flashbacks to the accident. I began treatment for PTSD, including counseling, medication, & this workbook. With what I learned in the workbook, I developed coping skills that helped my recovery. I strongly recommend the book to anyone who suspects they might have PTSD or needs coping skills to help themselves heal from any type of mental illness. It is a great way to work daily on issues covered in therapy or a way of discovering issues to address in therapy.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 2, 2010

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    Very Good Workbook

    I found the workbook to be the best tool commonly available in my research for a comprehensive, easy to use, easy to understand foundation for explaining just what is PTSD and the road to recovery from PTSD. Whether used by therapist and client working together, or by the individual alone, I found the workbook to be on point, clear and most of all helpful. You do not need an advanced degree to read and use this book.

    As the name suggests, not only do you read about PTSD but the workbook then offers many different types of exercises at the end of each section to deepen the reader's understanding of the concepts just discussed.

    While the PTSD Workbook is good, there are some things I would like to see addressed by the authors. The copyright is 2002 and that bothered me just a bit, I would like to see the authors go back, update and add where necessary and release a new edition. Much has been learned about PTSD in the last eight years.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2011

    Recommend

    This book has been a big help to me.

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  • Posted February 23, 2011

    Excellent Resource to Use with Care

    The PTSD WORKBOOK offers a plethora of tools and ways to pinpoint the dynamics of this condition. I've been diagnosed with PTSD, depression, and borderline personality disorder. I wish this book had been around when I was going through the most difficult years of therapy. It would have been a helpful guide to tweeze out the effects of PTSD as opposed to the depression or BPD. My word of caution is, it would be best to use this book in conjunction with therapy, so the reader has professional guidance and a place to process difficult emotions. Uncovering repressed memories is usually overwhelming and can prove dangerous, if the person begins to feel out of control and starts having suicidal thoughts. If therapy is not an option, I suggest that readers approach the book very slowly, and be sure trusted friends and family members know what's going on, in case things get to be too much. Remember, that you can put the book down at any time and return to it later. Susan Rose Blauner is the author of HOW I STAYED ALIVE WHEN MY BRAIN WAS TRYING TO KILL ME: ONE PERSON'S GUIDE TO SUICIDE PREVENTION.

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  • Posted March 31, 2010

    It could just be me, but I didn't find it helpful.

    Both my psychologist and psychiatrist recommended this book to me. It could be an age thing, considering I am 15, but I didn't find it helpful. The book often put me in a sour mood. It also didn't tell me anything I already knew. I could recommend this product to those who don't receive psychological treatment for their PTSD, otherwise you aren't going to find anything new.

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