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Rebuilding Shattered Lives: Treating Complex PTSD and Dissociative Disorders

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"Rebuilding Shattered Lives" presents valuable insights into the rebuilding of adult psyches shattered in childhood, drawing on the author's extensive research and clinical experience specializing in treating survivors of severe abuse.

The new edition includes:
- Developments in the treatment of complex PTSD
- More on neurobiology, crisis management, and psychopharmacology fo
Paperback, Second Edition, 384 pages
Published April 26th 2011 by Wiley (first published March 31st 1998)
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Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a very readable book about complex trauma. I found this book to be very de-pathologizing of many of the challenges that individuals with complex trauma experience (e.g., the chapter about memory and the nature of trauma memories within the context of complex trauma was particularly useful in better understanding how to present this information to normalize clients' experiences and confusion around their memories). Although this is the second edition, there are several places where the c ...more
Alison Steiner
Sep 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
An exceptional resource reflecting the latest research on the treatment of survivors of trauma and abuse, as well as drawing on Dr Chu's own fascinating clinical observations. A 'must-read' for anyone working in mental health or with an interest in memory, attachment and development. Brilliant. ...more
Melissa H.
Feb 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
An important work on treating those with the most traumatic histories. Well-written, succinct, & empathetic, Chu does a particularly effective job of discussing the therapeutic dance. I have shared portions of the book in session with clients, & it's been very powerful for them to come to a new understanding of themselves & their personal narratives. Very helpful for DID work. ...more
Mar 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is very insightful, and I think great for therapists. Sometimes the heavy sourcing can be distracting, but I certainly see the purpose.

I probably don't recommend it for patients. It is highly academic, and some of the brief case histories and the more frequent discussion of the difficulties of treatment could be very discouraging for those who still need to heal.

It's unfortunate that this is so hard to find.
Oct 23, 2019 rated it liked it
The content of the book was super useful, but very dense material. I found it hard to get through, nevertheless I plan on keeping this book forever on a "how to" on complex trauma. ...more
Jun 02, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fantastic book on how to help those with these intriguing disorder.
Dec 30, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
realy good insight into ptsd
Angela Wade
Apr 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Written for medical professionals, but understandable by the rest of us. Filled with lots of little insights I've never seen anywhere else. ...more
Jerry Lane
Dec 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I found it easy to read and very informative to my practice and study. I would gladly read more of his stuff
Morgan Moumouris
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Good textbook for trauma
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