The Courage to Heal is an inspiring, comprehensive guide that offers hope and encouragement to every woman who, was sexually abused as a child and those who care about her Although the effects of child sexual abuse are long term and severe, healing is possible The authors weave personal experience with professional knowledge to show the reader how she can come to The Courage to Heal is an inspiring, comprehensive guide that offers hope and encouragement to every woman who, was sexually abused as a child and those who care about her Although the effects of child sexual abuse are long term and severe, healing is possible The authors weave personal experience with professional knowledge to show the reader how she can come to terms with her past while moving powerfully into the future They provide clear explanations, practical suggestions, a map of the healing journey, and many moving first person examples of the recovery process drawn from their interviews with hundreds of survivors.Definitive in scope, The Courage to Heal speaks directly to the survivor in a warm and personal way TAKING STOCK outlines the effects of child sexual abuse and the ways women cope over timeE HEALING PROCESS explores each stage from the decision to heal and remembering through breaking silence, knowing it wasn t your fault, nurturing the inner child, and grief and anger, to resolution and moving onANGING PATTERNS offers in depth guidance for shifting self defeating patterns in specific areas of one s present life, including self esteem, feelings, intimacy, sexuality, and dealing with familiesPPORTERS OF SURVIVORS provides insight and strategies for partners of survivors, family members, and counselorsURAGEOUS WOMEN profiles survivors who share the challenges and triumphs of their own healing journeys.HONORING THE TRUTH a substantial new Afterword that refutes the false memory argument and presents a thorough and enlightening response to the backlashSOURCE GUIDE fully updated for this edition informs readers abouttherapy, healing activities, recommended reading, support groups, self help programs, and services and organizations.
The Courage to Heal A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse The Courage to Heal is an inspiring comprehensive guide that offers hope and encouragement to every woman who was sexually abused as a child and those who care about her Although the effects of chil
This is the bible for sexual abuse survivors, and an indispensable resource for anyone that knows a survivor Think you don t know anyone that was sexually abused Think again it happens much than most people wish to believe, and affects the survivor and their behavior much than even most survivors wish to believe This book is THE book for survivors that wish to continue survival, especially one of healing.If this massive read is a bit daunting, know that you will read bits here and there, and g [...]
There are many reviews and articles that explain the myriad concerns about how Courage to Heal handles its material Below is a link to a recent one, for starters It s also worth reading the comments underneath FYI, the version I read was the first edition from the 90s.healthyplace blogs disI want to encourage any of you who pick up this book to research its checkered past yourself, and not just depend on the opinion of one stranger, whether mine or that in a single review, to understand what the [...]
This book is notorious for having helped to launch the recovered memory therapy RMT craze, which played into the spate of alleged incidents of Satanic ritual abuse of the late 80s and early 90s Neither author has credentials or expertise relevant to psychology, therapy, or sexual abuse The book was not based on any solid experimental evidence or psychological studies Some of the case studies included have been discredited, such as the one taken from Michelle Remembers Memory psychologists such a [...]
Absolutely, completely indispensable to victims and survivors This really has become the bible and the life force for so many and there s a lot of reasoning behind it I ve re read this book countless times probably upwards of ten and I continue to do so sporadically This book helped save my life and the life of many others I m so glad that I found it when I did I recommend it to so many during my volunteer work and they all just can t stop thanking me for introducing them to it.
This was the first book in my healing process and I read it twice in therapy and again afterwards
Worse than Hogwash If there were minus stars, I d give all of them Reading the comments of all but the one or two other low rankers gives the exact reason why minus stars are warranted, why this is a dangerous book Folks are getting talked into blood curdling bullshit and soon enter a nightmare, ruining their own and others lives I d recommend to chuck it unread in the next bin And put a lid on I m shocked to see how popular it STILL is after all these years And that therapists, or people who ca [...]
This book is an incredible resource for survivors of sexual violence While it s intened audience is women survivors of childhood sexual abuse, I believe that any survivor of sexual violence could benefit from reading it Its saved me on than one occation durring particular rough patches I can t explain how helpful this book is I ve never read it straight through it s of a reference My favorite part in the book is titled, Don t kill yourself Nearly every survivor ponders suicide as an option It [...]
I read this book almost 25 years ago and it transformed my life The painful process of reading and digesting it took a process of almost 6 months to a year and was an incredible journey Finally, there were women who could help unlock the rage and anger from what had happenedhad been forced upon me at age 7 The swirling whirlpool of my existence which forever kept me from breaking free to healing and health was finally cracked and I could escape intact Mind you, I was in my late 40s at the time.
A passionate book which helped me a great deal as well as my husband to know what I we were facing in terms of the road ahead in my trauma recovery.There are well laid out details on the stages of recovery, what to expect for both the survivor and the family members, stories for the survivor to relate to, and also identified things I could look for which would be counterproductive to healing.I was relieved to see clear, direct language on how to assess and get support on recovered memories Many [...]
Great tool for survivors of childhood sexual abuse Not to be taken lightly this book will open doors for healing but can also bring on unexpected emotions Use in conjunction with professional counseling recommended.
This is a book I ve read a few times through my healing journey, and each time it has been profoundly helpful At first read, it was difficult as I was conflicted about my experience The periodic denial contrasted with periods of serious anger, and this book walked me through it all Now, I m beyond that for the most part, but dealing with lingering self esteem issues to put it lightly , I m finding it indispensable again This book is not out to convince anyone that anything happened to them, but [...]
Definitely the bible to all bibles when it comes to childhood sexual abuse Many work pages to work on, think about and understand so much This is a fabulous book, I highly recommend it to anyone who has been through a similar situation but prepare to brace yourself because the work isn t an easy process, but it s so worth it
It s worlth it s weight Make sure you do not attempt this book alone, it will turn your life inside out, upside down before it gets better.
This book was a very in depth look at childhood sexual abuse in women and the different types of coping, reactions, problems that come up later in life, etc There were a lot of first hand accounts, including poems There was also a section on partners of the abused I found the information easy to read and thorough.
This book helped me understand what was happening to me as I experienced unknown symptoms of sexual abuse I also learned the steps to the healing process and did the writing exercises in the book This helped me to cope and to make it as long as I did without having to go into the hospital It made me feel normal when every thing around me felt abnormal.
This book has some very hard to read chapters If you are ready to heal after surviving sexual abuse, I STRONGLY recommend this book to you You will leave this book as a brand new you and some strong courageous power like emotions and feelings to heal yourself, conquer the world and move forward This book was an amazing part of my life at a very hard time.
Great reference book and encouragement for those of us who have been through hell and back There is truly hope for the abused Keep your chin up A MUST read for allere are victums out there everywhere Ths information is invaluable
for anyone who is a sexual abuse survivor i recommend this book and the workbook I suggest you do this work with someone because it can bring up many painful memories,flashback or nightmares I read this book and workbook with my therapist and it truly set me free from my past.
This is not a casual read book, which is probably pretty obvious from the title It made me cry, think, and deal with a lot of painful memories I had as a child This book is unbelievable My therapist recommended this when I was going through my divorce I learned a lot.
Read it years ago and wanted to add to my list A wonderful guide for those in need of healing and those who love and support a survivor Full of first person stories and creative exercises Ellen Bass is an effective creative writing teacher for all whether a survivor or not.
The bible of incest and sexual abuse healing If anyone truly wants to heal, you gotta read this book.
I always thought this would be a little too woo woo for me but it turns out to be a crazy helpful book for anyone recovering from child sexual abuse Pretty impressive in its scope and power.
I enjoyed this one as a book on tape Very helpful to any survivor of abuse Definately a must read for those in recovery or professionals that work in the field of trauma and recovery.
A very good book and relevant to the subject Has insights to the problems that childhood abuse has caused which you may not be aware of Highly recommend if the subject is of interest.
Excellent source both on a personal and professional level Highly recommend to anyone who works with or has been a victim of childhood sexual abuse.
Recommended by Lynn for patients Patients should be working with a therapist while working through this book It has an associated workbook as well.
yes, agreed this book is the bhagavad gita for survivors, and i think much of it can even be applicable to those outside the range of women identified folksis book is deep it says things simply, concisely, and is affirming that this work can take a long time and reminds people they should be patient with their process yes for harm reduction at its best i have been writing down, almost word for word, things along the way that i d like to share with the folks i work with.i loved the mixture of nar [...]
There is a lot of controversy about this book Particularly when it comes to recovered memories Putting that aside, and the somewhat outdated view on such issues as sex workers and BDSM, there is also a lot of amazing things about it.It is a hard read if you have experience with this subject and, while, personally, I would have liked a little focus on the teenage years, it does have a tendency to overwhelm.However, it has the capability of being a life changing book and certainly helps survivors [...]
Can be very healing for clients who are survivors of sexual abuse, however sometimes the graphic nature of the content is traumatizing to clients So, I am very cautious when recommending this as reading to clients and always teach relaxation skills before recommending it.
A courageous book that spoke out in a time when childhood sexual abuse was still a taboo, it s an incredibly important resource both for survivors and those who simply want to understand Very well written, it doesn t hold back but does offer great hope.