The Sexual Trauma Workbook for Teen Girls offers healing, real-life stories from survivors and powerful, evidence-based tools to help you reclaim your life after sexual abuse or trauma.
If you’ve been sexually abused or experienced sexual trauma, you may feel confused, angry, ashamed, and unable to move forward emotionally. You're not alone. Like many teens who’ve been abused, you may be tempted to keep the secret locked deep inside and feel uncomfortable discussing your struggles with others. If so, this book can help you find your voice.
This empowering workbook will help you move past your trauma and serve as a comforting reminder that you are strong and resilient. Healing is possible—and with healing, comes victory. In this book, you’ll find true stories from other teen survivors, and in reading the stories you’ll find reassurance in knowing you aren’t alone in your experiences. You’ll also find practical and proven-effective strategies and exercises to help promote emotional healing and reclaim your sense of self.
Sexual abuse or trauma may be a part of your past, but it doesn’t need to define who you are now. This book will help you as you start on the path toward healing so you can move forward with confidence.
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About the Author
Raychelle Cassada Lohmann, MS, LPC, is a national board-certified counselor and licensed professional counselor. Lohmann has worked as a school counselor at middle and high school levels, and has helped hundreds of teens deal with feelings of frustration and anger. She has participated in extensive research on anger, and specializes in individual and group counseling for anger management. She is author of The Anger Workbook for Teens and Staying Cool...When You’re Steaming Mad, and coauthor of The Bullying Workbook for Teens. She also writes the Psychology Today blog “Teen Angst,” and is an expert contributor on www.rehabs.com and www.sharecare.com.Sheela Raja, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and author of Overcoming Trauma and PTSD. Raja is an assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she researches the impact of trauma on health. Raja completed internship and post-doctoral training at the National Center for PTSD in Boston, MA. She is a highly sought-after national and international speaker, a blogger for The Huffington Post, and a frequent contributor to various print and television media outlets.
Table of Contents
Letter from the Authors vii
Activity 1 Knowing When to Get Help 1
Activity 2 Where to Find Help 8
Activity 3 Personal Safety Plan 12
Activity 4 Circle of Support 18
Activity 5 Why Me? 23
Activity 6 Sharing Your Story 28
Activity 7 Taking Care of Yourself 31
Activity 8 Learning to Breathe 35
Activity 9 Sleep 39
Activity 10 Exercise 48
Activity 11 Nutrition and Well-Being 52
Activity 12 Emotional Weil-Being 59
Activity 13 Acceptance 66
Activity 14 Self-Soothing Behaviors 71
Activity 15 Healing through Writing 76
Activity 16 Progressive Muscle Relaxation 80
Activity 17 Engaging in Mindfulness 84
Activity 18 Guided Imagery 89
Activity 19 Life Scripts 94
Activity 20 Choosing Healthy Coping Skills 99
Activity 21 Coping with Nightmares 106
Activity 22 Coping with Flashbacks 110
Activity 23 Overcoming Emotional Detachment 115
Activity 24 Noticing and Coping with Anger 120
Activity 25 Constructive and Destructive Guilt 126
Activity 26 Conquering Shame 131
Activity 27 Identifying Depression 138
Activity 28 PTSD 143
Activity 29 Facing Your Fears 151
Activity 30 Identifying Anxious Patterns 156
Activity 31 Responding to Love and Joy 162
Activity 32 Empowerment through Affirmations 168
Activity 33 Respecting and Nurturing Yourself 173
Activity 34 From Beginning to End-Telling Your Story 178
Additional Resources 183
Lohmann resides in Morrisville, NC; Raja resides in Oak Park, IL.