“This book is a valuable resource for all those affected by complex PTSD, allowing them to be informed and active as partners in the therapeutic healing process.”
from the foreword by Jim Knipe, PhD, author of EMDR Toolbox: Theory and Treatment of Complex PTSD and Dissociation
Those affected by complex PTSD commonly feel as though there is something fundamentally wrong with themthat somewhere inside there is a part of them that needs to be fixed. Though untrue, such beliefs can feel extremely real and frightening. Difficult as it may be, facing one’s PTSD from unresolved childhood trauma is a brave, courageous actand with the right guidance, healing from PTSD is possible.
Clinical psychologist Dr. Arielle Schwartz has spent years helping those with C-PTSD find their way to wholeness. She also knows the territory of the healing firsthand, having walked it herself. This book provides a map to the complicated, and often overwhelming, terrain of C-PTSD with Dr. Schwartz’s knowledgeable guidance helping you find your way.
In The Complex PTSD Workbook , you’ll learn all about C-PTSD and gain valuable insight into the types of symptoms associated with unresolved childhood trauma, while applying a strength-based perspective to integrate positive beliefs and behaviors.
Useful features of The Complex PTSD Workbook include:
- Examples and exercises through which you’ll discover your own instances of trauma through relating to PTSD experiences other than your own, such as the following:
- Information about common PTSD misdiagnoses such as bipolar disorder, ADHD, anxiety disorders, major depressive disorder, and substance abuse, among others.
- Explorations of common methods of PTSD therapy including somatic therapy, EMDR, CBT, DBT, and mind-body perspectives.
- Chapter takeaways that encourage thoughtful consideration and writing to explore how you feel as you review the material presented in relation to your PTSD symptoms.
[Example] Diane was very skilled at avoiding dealing with her traumatic past. To survive, she had learned to bury her painful feelings and memories, preferring not to talk about her childhood. It simply hurt too much.
[Exercise] In what ways can you relate to Diane’s story? Take some time to write down any associations you have.
The Complex PTSD Workbook aims to empower you with a thorough understanding of the psychology and physiology of C-PTSD so you can make informed choices about the path to healing that is right for you and discover a life of wellness, free of C-PTSD, that used to seem just out of reach.
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About the Author
ARIELLE SCHWARTZ, PHD is a licensed clinical psychologist, EMDR therapy consultant, and certified yoga instructor with a private practice in Boulder, Colorado. She earned her masters in somatic psychology through Naropa University and her doctorate in clinical psychology at Fielding Graduate University. Her strength-based approach to psychotherapy is called Resilience Informed Therapy, which integrates a mind-body approach to healing. She is a core teacher with the Maiberger Institute, offering therapist trainings in EMDR therapy and somatic psychology. She specializes in PTSD, complex PTSD, grief and loss, resilience in child development, therapeutic yoga, and healing chronic pain and illness. She believes all people deserve to be empowered by knowledge and is dedicated to offering informational mental health and wellness updates through her heartfelt community presentations, social media presence, and blog.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Understanding Trauma 15
Chapter 2 Treating Complex PTSD 41
Chapter 3 Renee's Story: Healing Avoidance Symptoms 71
Chapter 4 Daniel's Story: Healing Invasive Symptoms 95
Chapter 5 Kathy's Story: Healing Depressive Symptoms 127
Chapter 6 Supporting Long-Term Growth 153