The Sexual Healing Journey: A Guide for Survivors of Sexual Abuse, 3rd Edition

The Sexual Healing Journey: A Guide for Survivors of Sexual Abuse, 3rd Edition

by Wendy Maltz


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“Men and women who have despaired that their sex lives would never change will find hope and answers in this friendly, encouraging, and essential guide.” —Laura Davis, coauthor of The Courage to Heal and author of Allies in Healing

This widely esteemed, highly respected resource helps survivors of sexual abuse heal from the past, improve relationships, and discover the joys of sexual intimacy. 

Compassionate and enduring, renowned author, psychotherapist, and certified sex therapist Wendy Maltz presents a comprehensive program for healing that sensitively takes readers step-by-step through the recovery process, integrating expert advice with groundbreaking exercises, proven techniques, and first-person accounts of women and men at every stage of sexual healing. This compassionate resource can help you to:

  • Identify the sexual effects of sexual abuse
  • Eliminate negative sexual behavior and resolve specific problems
  • Gain control over upsetting automatic reactions to touch and sex
  • Develop a healthy sexual self-concept

Originally published two decades ago, The Sexual Healing Journey is a highly respected resource for understanding and healing the intimate sexual problems caused by sex abuse.The updated third edition features a new preface, revised materials, and an updated, expanded resource section. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062130730
Publisher: HarperCollins US
Publication date: 06/12/2012
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 117,800
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

WENDY MALTZ, LCSW, DST, is an internationally recognized sex and relationship therapist in private practice in Eugene, Oregon. She is a frequent lecturer and media guest, and her books include The Porn Trap, Private Thoughts, Passionate Hearts, and Intimate Kisses.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Preface xv

Introduction: About the Sexual Healing Journey 1

Part 1 Starting Out: Becoming Aware

1 Realizing There's a Sexual Issue 15

2 Acknowledging the Abuse 28

3 Identifying the Sexual Impact 57

4 Deciding to Reclaim Our Sexuality 70

Part 2 Moving Forward: Making Changes

5 Creating a New Meaning for Sex 83

6 Finding Our Real Sexual Selves 105

7 Gaining Control over Automatic Reactions 135

8 Moving Toward Healthy Sexual Behavior 164

9 Healing with an Intimate Partner 201

Part 3 Getting There: Creating Positive Experiences

10 Techniques for Relearning Touch 243

11 Solving Specific Sexual Problems 280

12 Enjoying Sexual Experiences 304

Resources 317

About the Author 343

Index 345

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The Sexual Healing Journey: A Guide for Survivors of Sexual Abuse, 3rd Edition 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous 10 months ago
I loved this book, Cathy does an incredible job telling her story growing up and the sexual abuse she experienced with her stepfather and the verbal abuse with her stepmother. She is an advocate to eliminate sexual abuse tragedies. She discusses the six attributes used to initiate healing while reducing the occurrence of depression, anxiety and PTSD. The book is very informative, inspiring and empowering! Break the silence, move through trauma and heal the pain.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I came across this book years ago when I was in the middle of healing from sexual abuse. It's well written, easy to understand, and I found it very helpful. It helped me to understand my reactions, retrain my automatic thoughts and enjoy intimacy again. Out of all of the books I read during my healing (and I read many) this was one of the best. Thank you Wendy Maltz!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I say it is great book for people wgo need it