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Healing from Childhood Abuse: Understanding the Effects, Taking Control to Recover

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ISBN-13: 978-0313397882
ISBN-10: 0313397880
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"This book is a brilliantly written masterpiece on childhood abuse with a stimulating, informative, and practical approach that provides a framework for recovery and hope. Dr. Lemoncelli has unlocked the complex problems associated with childhood abuse and provided a recipe for lasting change." (Carmen F. Ambrosino, CEO Wyoming Valley Alcohol and Drug Services, Inc.; Author of Saturdays, Dandelions, and Roots, Stories of Inspiration, Hope, and Recovery From Addiction, and The New Student Handbook on Drug and Alcohol Abuse)

"Using the metaphor of a parasite to describe the internal harm caused by abuse, Dr. John Lemoncelli guides survivors to healthier, happier, and more productive lives. He provides hope, compassion and understanding, and offers concrete steps for recovery, yet sets realistic expectations (even if you win the war, you may lose some battles). He recognizes the pain of survivors, yet confronts self-defeating behaviors. Hundreds of survivors of childhood abuse have been helped by Dr. Lemoncelli as a counselor, and many more will be helped through this engaging book." (Samuel Knapp, EdD, ABPP Director of Professoinal Affairs, Pennsylvania Psychological Association and Co-author of Practical Ethics for Psychologists)

"Dr. Lemoncelli offers an approach that truly considers the whole person―heart, mind, and soul, offering great hope of healing for those who have experienced the worst in life. He achieves a balance of skill, insight, and compassion, and this book validates the reality of suffering, while bringing hope and empowerment. Lemoncelli recognizes and addresses the fragmentation of self that is often overlooked or misunderstood, without which recovery would not be impossible. His unique approach can provide the traction needed to move from the bondage of pain, shame, and perfectionism, to a new love of self and others." (Joseph T. Verga, PhD, Licensed Psychologist, Health Services Provider)
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 171 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger (April 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0313397880
  • ISBN-13: 978-0313397882
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,781,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book presents a metaphor for the effects of childhood abuse/trauma and a framework for the process of recovery. The concepts are grounded in psychological theory and are clearly explained to the reader. I highly recommend this book to clients, clinicians, and anyone who knows someone who has experienced trauma/abuse.
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This is truly the best book I have ever read on this subject. I have spent hundreds of dollars trying to find a book that speaks to me personally and this one absolutely does. Dr. Lemoncelli hits that nail on the head with his analogy of the parasite. I have been helped immensely by reading his book but more importantly I finally feel understood. I will definitely share this book with my therapist and with her help and this book I finally feel a little hopeful for my future.
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I just started reading this book and it has had a big impact on me. I am amazed at how clearly Dr. Lemoncelli explains what happens to a child's psyche when they are abused. I suffered multiple kinds of abuse at the hands of my parents. I can't believe there has not been another book before this one on this subject. I highly recommend this book.this book

Update 2/26/15: I've had a chance to finish this wonderful book and I feel it was the best book on child abuse I've ever read. It has made a difference in my life that will stay with me forever. When I was reading the book, I felt as if Dr. Lemoncelli was speaking to me, like he read my mind. No place, counselor or book has helped me like this book has. The horrible things that I witnessed and happened to me when I was a child are memories that are a little easier to live with because of this book. That's an amazing, wonderful feeling. I felt like my day was brightened because of this book, like lights went on in my head. Read this book. You won't regret it.
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