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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press (January 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600940617
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600940613
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Psychotherapist Cori (The Tao of Contemplation: Re-Sourcing the Inner Life) translates the dark language of trauma in this primer of agony and recovery, with a deep understanding of the tortuous journey many suffer after sexual assault, war, violence and childhood abuse. Skillfully, she avoids the bevy of usual tales of misery found in self-help books on trauma, focusing instead on the resilience of the spirit, regaining control and resuming a renewed life. Very timely and informative, Cori's guidebook includes a long segment on PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), recognizing the emotional and moral conflicts faced by troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and attempting to reintegrate into society. The author offers solid information on types of trauma disorders and stresses the importance of selecting caring, sensitive health practitioners and therapists as critical to speed the healing quest (she offers sensible specifics on choosing a therapist). Concluding with her own story as an incest survivor (based on recovered memories), the book is a compact, knowing work of atonement, grace, compassion and healing. (Nov.)
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"Cori's guidance for choosing a therapist and a therapy, as well as her numerous, practical ideas for self-help, is full of common sense. With her variety of treatment options, Cori effectively (and refreshingly) dispels the popular belief that there is only one way to deal with trauma. If you or a loved one continues to suffer from long-past or recent trauma, reading Healing From Trauma should be a part of your over-all treatment plan." -- Babette Rothschild, MSW, LCSW, author of The Body Remembers: The Psychophysiology of Trauma and Trauma Treatment

"It takes a special kind of talent to make complex information clear and useable without talking down to a reader, and Jasmin Cori has pulled this off in spades. Her discussion of how to interpret symptoms, find a good therapist, and explore various therapies without inviting reactivation and flooding is a tour de force of sensitivity, insider knowledge, brevity and clarity. This goes on my `Highly Recommended' list immediately!" -- Belleruth Naparstek, LISW, author of Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal and creator of the Health Journeys guided imagery audio series

"This well-written reader-friendly book provides a clear and compassionate overview of the emotional, physical, spiritual, and societal aspects of trauma, as well as helpful suggestions regarding the recovery process." -- Aphrodite Matsakis, PhD, author of I Can't Get Over It: A Handbook for Trauma Survivors and Trust after Trauma

"What a gift! Survivors will cherish this book, which is the best I've seen on the subject in years. It is reassuring, practical, thorough, accurate, and beautifully written. But most importantly, it is filled with hope. Healing from Trauma is going to the top of Sidran's recommended reading list." -- Esther Giller, M.A., President, Sidran Traumatic Stress Institute

More About the Author

Jasmin Lee Cori is a licensed psychotherapist based in Boulder, Colorado. She wrote Healing From Trauma from her dual perspective as a therapist and trauma survivor. A gifted self-help writer, she brought similar clinical acumen and insight to her book for under-mothered adults, The Emotionally Absent Mother.

Her newest book, The Magic of Your True Nature, came out in Oct 2013, along with a new edition of Freefall to the Beloved. Her counseling includes working with a number of spiritual issues.

Enjoy her blog on emotional healing, transformation, and spirituality at www.jasmincori.com.


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96 of 97 people found the following review helpful By L. Ebert on April 4, 2008
Format: Paperback
If you are a trauma survivor -- especially if you are just beginning to deal with your trauma and symptoms -- please read this book.

This is, finally, the book I've been looking for and really needed a year or two ago when I first started dealing directly with my trauma history and its affects on my life! I recommend this whole heartedly as a great resource for survivors and their loved ones. It is the best general guide to the subject that I have read.

I have read most of the other books folks typically recommend, and usually found them interesting and helpful. At the same time, I felt like they were either to detailed and technical (Levine, Herman, Rothschild, etc.) to really be practical. Or, they had too many exercises, reflections, and inspirational quotes for me (The Courage to Heal and its kindred) and I found them a bit too sappy and off-putting for where I was in my process.

In this book, Cori strikes just the right balance of information, suggestions, and tone. She also does a wonderful job of summarizing what trauma is, how it affects the body and mind, what therapeutic methods can be helpful, and how to generally care for oneself through the healing process. She also provides tools for self-reflection, and intersperses stories from other survivors that make the data relevant and come to life.

If this book had been available when I started dealing with my trauma, I think I would have understood the situation better and would have been more equipped to make good choices and deal with things in a caring and effective way.

While this is clearly a sort of overview or handbook, Cori provides plenty of additional references and resources so you can do further investigating on your own.
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85 of 86 people found the following review helpful By C. Courter on April 15, 2008
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Since my trauma-related dreams surfaced three years ago, I've been to three counselors who welcomed trauma patients. After reading this book, I realize they knew little of the territory. And of the several books on trauma I've read, none came close to this thorough one in its scope and supportiveness. I hadn't realized my easily triggered nervous system, allergies, extreme sensitivity, and difficulty in planning, organizing and moving ahead with my life were trauma-related. In fact, I was about to embark on expensive allergy desensitization work, but after reading this, decided to get at the deeper causes instead. I'm already noticing an improvement in symptoms, just having worked through the book. And I wouldn't have made it through the book - it's been such an emotionally charged mirror for me - if Cori were not so encouraging. A golden strength seemed to be transmitted through her words, almost like a healing voice in my head as I read.

Cori writes as a fellow traveler. She presents up-to-date information on physiology, psychology, and spirituality. Then skillfully and gently guides you through the landscape, asking you questions about you, including exercises to help you identity your symptoms and your needs. Like a good friend, she shares what has worked well for her. Many books make you feel like a statistic or one of a herd of patients. Not this one.

This book has been pivotal, transforming the way I sense my inertia, vulnerability, and frustration. It's given me a glimpse that it's possible to fully heal, and what that might look like.

Start here. The focus is on you, not on a theory or technique, although you'll get an insightful, comprehensive overview of the best therapies for trauma, both professional and self-help.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By B. Stickler on August 24, 2009
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This is the best book on PTSD I've ever read. It's written by a therapist that knows what it feels like - she is a PTSD survivor herself. I discovered that reading about PTSD from a theoretical perspective and reading about it from someone that that has experienced it him/herself makes a HUGE difference. I finally felt like someone understood - and even better, someone highly knowledge. It's an invaluable resource. I highly recommend this book!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Sarah in Seattle on May 18, 2012
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Well, I bought a handful of books about working on Trauma and the first couple (full of traumatic stories I was supposed to read) really did a lot more harm than good. The traumatic stories did nothing more than trigger traumatic flashbacks and unhinge my bipolar disorder!

THIS BOOK HAS NO TRAUMATIC STORIES.

It is an intelligent, insightful, informative way to help those who are dealing with trauma learn about it and help themselves move on. The content is written in such a way that it is easy to stop without becoming overwhelmed, so for that I'd give it a big thumbs up.

The only reason I was considering giving it four stars instead of five is that some of the chapter topics are skimmed over so briefly they can be difficult to understand without further research and re-reading several times. If you're reading with your therapist (mine bought the book to read it together) that helps alleviate a lot of the confusion, so I'd definitely recommend that if you can do it.

This is the only book on trauma that has often left me with a smile on my face when I closed it instead of a frown, so that is a huge feat when dealing with something as terrifying as trauma!
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