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Counseling Survivors of Sexual Abuse (AACC Counseling Library) Paperback – April 30, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-1591605195 ISBN-10: 1591605199 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: AACC Counseling Library
  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Xulon Press; 1 edition (April 30, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591605199
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591605195
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,810 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Diane Mandt Langberg has been a licensed psychologist in private practice for twenty-five years and is the director a of group practice. Dr. Langberg writes the counselor column in "Today's Christian Woman" magazine and has also written "Counseling Survivors of Sexual Abuse". Diane and her husband, Ron, live in Pennsylvania with their two sons, Joshua and Daniel.

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I am thankful for her pioneering work that she is willing to share with us.
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Dr. Langberg's graphic description of sexual abuse enlightens the reader of the magnitude of evil that is committed upon a child.
M. Teresa Trascritti
I highly recommend this book to anyone who is working with survivors of sexual abuse.
Susan Adams

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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By M. Teresa Trascritti on December 13, 2004
Format: Paperback
Dr. Langberg presented every dimension of sexual abuse-its mental and physical aftereffects on the victim, and how the abuse impacts one's spiritual well being by hindering the individual from coming to Christ. Dr. Langberg has been working with sexual abuse victims for nearly twenty-five years. She included one woman's graphic story of abuse, which brought tears to my eyes. I felt pain and sorrow for the little girl in the story. Anger welled up inside of me as the woman depicted an escalation of abuse as she grew older, in which her father prostituted her to other men. This woman, Meeka, was denied love, protection, and a childhood.

Dr. Langberg listed several "indicators" which manifests as chronic symptoms (migraine headaches, muscular tension, TMJ, gastrointestinal problems, anger difficulties and deep grief) or "somatic effects" (though she warns that these are not proof that abuse had actually happened) (88). Emotional aftereffects of sexual abuse include a mistrust of others, fear of intimacy, and a feeling of being "different" (89). Dr. Langberg described child sexual abuse as "tentacles that reach throughout the adult life of the victim" (92). I believe any abuse is detrimental to the person as it is to ministry because it can prevent people from ever being close to others at church. Dr. Langberg recognized that abuse forced people to "live with a split identity...to pretend she was not abused" in order to maintain "even an appearance of a relationship" (128).

I found Dr. Langberg's detailed list of "survivor's needs" very helpful. She tapped into the core of practical ways someone could help a survivor, such as not simply offering help but following up with phone calls, notes of encouragement, and invitations of fellowship (278).
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Susan Adams on April 6, 2009
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I highly recommend this book to anyone who is working with survivors of sexual abuse. Langberg has great insight and experience in working with survivors and this book has helped me tremendously in helping women overcome and heal from the horrible effects of childhood sexual abuse.
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18 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 8, 2000
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PART ONE: FOUNDATIONS TO THE TREATMENT OF SEXUAL ABUSE--Chap 1: Why I Write-Chap 2: Meeka's Story---Chap 3: Understanding the Nature of Personhood--Chap 4: Understanding the Nature of Therapy--Chap 5: Understanding the Nature of Trauma-Chap 6: Understanding the Nature of Child Development--Chap 7: Definitions, Frequency, and Family Dynamics--Chap 8: Symptoms and Aftereffects of Childhood Sexual Abuse--Chap 9: Meeka's Story Continued--PART TWO: TREATMENT: PHASE ONE--Chap 10: Helping Clients Feel Safe--Chap 11: Symptom Relief--Chap 12: Memory Retrieval--PART THREE: TREATMENT: PHASE TWO--Chap 13: Facing Truths about the Past--Chap 14: Facing Truths about the Present--Chap 15: Major Issues of Phase Two--PART FOUR: TREATMENT: PHASE THREE--Chap 16: Relationships--Chap 17: Reclaiming the body--Chap 18: Re-creating Life--Chap 19: Treatment Termination--PART FIVE: SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS--Chap 20: Dissociative Disorders--Chap 21: False Memory Syndrome--Chap 22: Male Survivors--PART SIX: THE THERAPIST'S PERSON--Chap 23: The Impact of Trauma on Therapist--Chap 24: Strategies that Foster Endurance--Chap 25: The Spiritual Life of the Therapist--PART SEVEN: PROFILES OF A COMPASSIONATE CHURCH--Chap 26: The Church Community--Chap 27: How Can the Church Help Survivors of Sexual Abuse?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lori A. Bridgwood on September 26, 2011
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This book is a must for anyone who is struggling with this area or has a loved one who is. This book equips anyone who wants to learn more and become more sensitive to help those through the life-altering affects of sex abuse.
While written for counselors, this book makes adapting the practical suggestions applicable for everyone. Professional, caring friend or relative. I am very grateful to have found this, it has made all the difference.
Ms. Langberg has tremendous compassion and wisdom to share on this difficult topic. I highly recommend it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. H. Keappler on March 21, 2007
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This book is very helpful for counseling those surviving childhood sexual abuse. It gives hope in the darkness of this tragic epidemic.
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More in depth look, and counsel for those hurting or desiring to help those who have been affected by this.
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Good book to read....Help your prayer life and grow in the Lord and your faith. Good foundation to get you starred
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