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Reclaiming Your Life from a Traumatic Experience: A Prolonged Exposure Treatment Program (Treatments That Work) Paperback – March 22, 2007
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"A very strong contribution to this series. When coupled with a thoughtful therapist, the workbook is a thoughtful resource that may substantially improve the caliber of brief, focused treatments for PTSD."--PsycCRITIQUES
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Barbara Rothbaum is affiliated with Emory University.
Edna B. Foa is affiliated with the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety at the University of Pennsylvania.
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Therapy of this type can seem open-ended to a patient whose only experience has been with non-defined talk therapy. The program as described in the book can give a patient hope that their treatment need not last forever or even very long. The exercises are specific and the momentum is always forward. There may be a lot of repetition but it's all for a purpose. The program outlined is about re-learning through exposures both in real life and in "imaginary" exposures in session with your therapist. It is sensible and grounded in decades of solid peer reviewed science.
Highly recommend for both patients and therapists. if you are a patient considering CBT, you might wish to order this and bring it to your first session. Chances are, your therapist will be familiar with the program if not the book. Sections of this book can also be read out loud to family members to help "clue them in" to what the patient is experiencing during therapy and why Cognitive therapy is necessary. The rationales in each chapter are especially good for that purpose.
I feel the need to point out that this is THE PATIENT MANUAL. There is a therapist's essential Companion book version of this book called Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD: Emotional Processing of Traumatic Experiences Therapist Guide (Treatments That Work). I mention it because I see some therapists commenting that this book is a good guide for Therapists as if it is a standalone book. Not so. This is THE PATIENT WORKBOOK. Any truly RESPONSIBLE therapist will shell out for the companion guide. Make sure your therapist is using it if you choose to use this approach. There's so much more detail in the Therapist version, which I also own. This is not a Self-help guide book that the two of you can share. They NEED their handbook and you need YOURS. That said, spending the $20 on this book can help a patient or a therapist who has not used this system to decide if they want to learn more about it. If YOU are the PATIENT, I strongly urge you to go to a Therapist who is already practicing this method if you choose it. Don't wing it with your Trauma and don't let some newbie Therapist talk you into winging it on the cheap with the one book. You may get worse and not better. Besides, you are paying THEM and the Therapist's manual is a tax deduction. There are many CBT therapists out there in practice all around the world and it is considered cheaper than endless "Talk Therapy" by most Insurers.