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Coping with Trauma-Related Dissociation: Skills Training for Patients and Therapists

by Boon, S., Steele, K., & van der Hart, O. (2011). New York: W. W. Norton & Company

Coping with Trauma-Related Dissociation: Skills Training for Patients and Therapists

This is a workbook that can be used by individuals who want to target specific trauma-related areas of their lives, as well as therapists who wish to use the exercises in their therapy sessions. Some of the topics include understanding dissociation, developing a sense of inner safety, learning how to regulate yourself, improving sleep, and coping with triggers.

The explanations in the book are short and easy to understand; however, if you're looking for more in-depth or scientific information, you'll have to look elsewhere. This book seems not to be written to impress a large amount of information on its readers; rather, it focuses on practical skills. In addition, short chapters are likely more easily digested for those who risk becoming overwhelmed by a lot of information.

Although the title is "Skills Training for Patients [...]", my impression is that high-functioning individuals may also find a useful exercise or two in this book, as most everyone has had one or another overwhelming experience or has a challenge in an area that is covered in this book. One doesn't have to have PTSD to experience loneliness, guilt, or fear as a challenge.

If you are in doubt as to whether or not this book is for you, have a look at the preview on Amazon. You can check out some of the exercises and worksheets to see if they appeal to you.

Please be advised that it is strongly recommended that you work with a therapist, and not just do the exercises and worksheets on your own. A good place to start would be to ask your therapist if s/he recommends this kind of work for you or not.

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