Books for Trauma Survivors

I am a reader, I always have been; so it was natural for me to immediately look to books once I was diagnosed with C-PTSD and became aware of how my childhood of abuse was affecting my life.

I spent over 20 years of my life dissociated from the realities of my abusive childhood, to the point that I had repressed and disconnected from nearly all emotions and the majority of memories around that time.

Which was nearly the entirety of my childhood.

I’ve been reconciling a lot over the last 2 years in therapy, and I am nowhere near the finish line – if there even is one.

But I do know that books help me keep a balance and provide additional information and logic when my head gets in the way.

Listed are books that I own and reference often as I journey through recovery with my family:

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel Van Der Kolk, M.D.

I Can’t Get Over It: A Handbook for Trauma Survivors by Aphrodite Matsakis, Ph.D.

Allies in Healing: When the Person You Love Was Sexually Abused as a Child by Laura Davis

The Sexual Healing Journey: A Guide for Survivors of Sexual Abuse (Third Edition) by Wendy Maltz

Recovery in Real Time: A Trauma Survivor’s Anti-Workbook by Gail Dickert

EMDR: The Breakthrough Therapy for Overcoming Anxiety, Stress, and Trauma by Francine Shapiro Ph.D and Margot Silk Forrest

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For your convenience, all of these books are linked for purchase. Purchasing through my site will help me to maintain this blog and continue to share my story.

Thank you friends.

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