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

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


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

Psychotherapist and trauma survivor Jasmin Lee Cori offers new insight into trauma-related difficulties (including PTSD, depression, substance abuse), provides self-care tools, candor about therapy and medications, and addresses spiritual issues.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781600940613
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication date: 01/07/2008
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 73,531
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

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.

What People are Saying About This

Esther Giller

"What a gift! Survivors will cherish this book, which is the best I've seen on the subject in years. It is reassuring, practical, thorough, accurate, and beautifully written. But most importantly, it is filled with hope. Healing from Trauma is going to the top of Sidran's recommended reading list."--(Esther Giller, M.A., President, Sidran Traumatic Stress Institute)

Babette Rothschild

"Cori's guidance for choosing a therapist and a therapy, as well as her numerous, practical ideas for self-help, is full of common sense. With her variety of treatment options, Cori effectively (and refreshingly) dispels the popular belief that there is only one way to deal with trauma. If you or a loved one continues to suffer from long-past or recent trauma, reading Healing From Trauma should be a part of your over-all treatment plan."--(Babette Rothschild, MSW, LCSW, author of The Body Remembers: The Psychophysiology of Trauma and Trauma Treatment)

Belleruth Naparstek

"It takes a special kind of talent to make complex information clear and useable without talking down to a reader, and Jasmin Cori has pulled this off in spades. Her discussion of how to interpret symptoms, find a good therapist, and explore various therapies without inviting reactivation and flooding is a tour de force of sensitivity, insider knowledge, brevity and clarity. This goes on my 'Highly Recommended' list immediately!"--(Belleruth Naparstek, LISW, author of Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal and creator of the Health Journeys guided imagery audio series)

Aphrodite Matsakis

"This well-written reader-friendly book provides a clear and compassionate overview of the emotional, physical, spiritual, and societal aspects of trauma, as well as helpful suggestions regarding the recovery process."--(Aphrodite Matsakis, PhD, author of I Can't Get Over It: A Handbook for Trauma Survivors and Trust after Trauma)

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Healing from Trauma: A Survivor's Guide to Understanding Your Symptoms and Reclaiming Your Life 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are a trauma survivor -- especially if you are just beginning to deal with your trauma and symptoms -- please read this book. This is, finally, the book I've been looking for and really needed a year or two ago when I first started dealing directly with my trauma history and its affects on my life! I recommend this whole heartedly as a great resource for survivors and their loved ones. It is the best general guide to the subject that I have read. I have read most of the other books folks typically recommend, and usually found them interesting and helpful. At the same time, I felt like they were either too detailed and technical 'Levine, Herman, Rothschild, etc.' to really be practical. Or, they had too many exercises, reflections, and inspirational quotes for me 'The Courage to Heal and its kindred' and I found them a bit too sappy and off-putting for where I was in my process. In this book, Cori strikes just the right balance of information, suggestions, and tone. She also does a wonderful job of summarizing what trauma is, how it affects the body and mind, what therapeutic methods can be helpful, and how to generally care for oneself through the healing process. She also provides tools for self-reflection, and intersperses stories from other survivors that make the data relevant and come to life. If this book had been available when I started dealing with my trauma, I think I would have understood the situation better and would have been more equipped to make good choices and deal with things in a caring and effective way. While this is clearly a sort of overview or handbook, Cori provides plenty of additional references and resources so you can do further investigating on your own. My one small quibble 'and it's is very small', is that she only mentions meditation and mindfulness practices in passing. I have found these practices to be essential to my healing. But I recognize that they are a bit outside the mainstream, and may not be right for everyone. Overall, a wonderful resource!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book will do wonders for anyone trying to figure out how to get past childhood trauma that has plagued them and their relationships into their adult lives.
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