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Journey Through Trauma: A Trail Guide to the 5-Phase Cycle of Healing Repeated Trauma Hardcover – February 6, 2018
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—The New York Times
“With vast personal and professional experience, Gretchen Schmeltzer provides a thoughtful, compassionate trail guide for trauma survivors in recovery. A keen scholar and talented clinician with broad individual and systems "know-how", she gives us a book unique in helping health workers, survivors and families to understand not only the different types of trauma, but, more importantly, the diversity in experiences and ways of coping. Must reading!”
—Barbara F. Okun, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Northeastern University
“This is a one of the most helpful and hopeful books I have read during my own journey of healing trauma. Gretchen Schmelzer gives us a clear road map and gentle encouragement to stay on path and do the hard, but necessary, work to integrate the past so we can embrace the future.”
—Lea Waters, Ph.D., Psychologist and President of the International Positive Psychology Association and author of The Strength Switch
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Everyone can benefit from the work laid out in the Trail Guide, whether you've experienced trauma or love someone who has. Reading this book and staying on the Trail of healing will make you a better parent, a better partner, a better person, and kinder to yourself.
We all have stories and experiences, some of which aren't always supportive of our growth, especially if they happen when we are young. Dr. Schmelzer has written a beautiful, expressive and compelling book you will want to read to the end. It is truly a pager turner! Which is saying something in the field of psychology, coaching and personal growth books. (I am sure it wonderful as an audio book, her writing is that beautiful.) What Gretchen has to offer -- a framework, supported by the research which informs her perspective; suggestions for how to take care of yourself at different stages of the journey; and most importantly, Gretchen offers the reader a hand. You feel like she is on the journey with you in the way she relates compassionately and authoritatively with the reader. She shares herself appropriately and creatively, as she leads you to believe that recovery from trauma is possible, and worth the effort. Gretchen respects the challenges and leaves cairns for us on the trail of healing. We learn to prepare our selves at Base Camp, to understand our process accepting support and learning to trust ourselves and others. I found the perspective about how having survived long term trauma takes up energy that would have otherwise gone into appropriate developmental achievements, particularly interesting. It helped me understand why certain thing seem harder than they "should" be-- both for myself and for my clients. The stories she tells to illustrate the journey reveal her compassion which in turn helps you feel that way for yourself. She gives you the tools to support your self awareness and understand your own journey both of the impact of the past, but even more importantly, how to organize your self for the next phase of health and wellbeing. This book really is a breath of fresh air, with a new and novel perspective.