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The Trauma Tool Kit: Healing PTSD from the Inside Out

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In 2010 the Department of Veterans Affairs cited 171,423 Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans diagnosed with PTSD, out of 593,634 total patients treated. That’s almost 30 percent; other statistics show 35 percent. Nor, of course, is PTSD limited to the military. In twenty years as a therapist, Susan Pease Banitt has treated trauma in patients ranging from autistic children to ...more
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Published May 1st 2012 by Quest Books
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Allcapps
Jan 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
As I write this, I hesitate to give my full disclosure, [full disclosure: I work with Susan Pease Banitt] because I think some of you won't read my review, or will dismiss it. But I have read the book, and I do work for her, and I would not stay at a job I didn't in some way believe was for the sake of bettering the world.

As I write this, our world is falling apart.

Some reviews of The Trauma Tool Kit claim, "I know this already." But many of us do know this already. So then why does it seem no
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Lisa
Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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I am both a therapist and a survivor of trauma. . . I have read many books on this topic. I loved this book, as it has many good practical ideas to aid trauma survivors on their path to wellness. It delivers both empirical science and spiritual methods in the most compassionate way possible.

I have found that therapy for survivors is not a "one size fits all" method. What works for one person may be ineffective for another. Thank you Ms. Banitt . . .I am going to give some of your suggestions a
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Susan
Jul 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
OK, I give up. I tried, I really, really tried to get into this book and to read it through but I got to page 64 and must put it down and move on to something more useful. Goodreads really does need an 'I tried to read this but could not finish it' button.

I just finished writing a really angry review on why I could not read this book. But that is not useful. My thoughts summarized:

-there is some decent 'Trauma 101' information here for those just learning about trauma and how it impacts people
-I
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Shelley
May 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
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This book has a great title and I was hoping it would be a good resource. Unfortunately, it is mostly a mish-mosh of legitimate psychological techniques combined with New Age herbal and spiritual suggestions.

My professional opinion is that the following books are better for various types of trauma recovery:
It's My Life Now by Meg Dugan
The Emotionally Abused Woman and the Right to Innocence, both by Beverly Engel
The Verbally Abusive Relationship by Patricia Evans
Toxic Parents by Susan Forward
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Kathy
Jun 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Those just beginning their understanding of PTSD
Recommended to Kathy by: Goodreads First Reads
I must begin by disclosing that I won a free copy of this book through Goodreads First Reads. That being said:

While this book contains a lot of information that may be very helpful to those just beginning to understand PTSD, it doesn't really introduce anything "new". It includes basically the same things I've already learned within the last year of therapy and basic research into my condition. that's not to say that the things in this book aren't important for those dealing with PTSD. The truth
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Robyn Engel
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
As a long-standing Counselor, I found this book to be somewhat helpful and somewhat frustrating/lacking. I liked the beginning, which set a framework for me that seemed thoughtful and informative. I wanted to learn more about the one (and only one) client the Therapist Author worked with, and hit a wall with, but then who turned a corner on her own through spirituality. This doesn't help me. What did the Therapist do to encourage or help her maintain her spiritual growth? Seemingly nothing. The ...more
Whitney Emmett
May 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
Started out strong and I was really enjoying it. After about 4 chapters, it became less about healing and more of an educational book on Eastern religions.
Tara ☆ Tarasbookshelf
Very basic, introductory text. Heavy on alternate remedies. Nothing much to see here. Three stars for not triggering me.
Marianne Meyers
Jun 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Many things I knew already, but if working with trauma is new for you, this book is a good resource. Published in 2012, some items already feel dated.
Hong
Oct 07, 2012 rated it liked it
I won this book through Goodreads First Reads.

I have to start off stating that this would be a great book for people that are experiencing PTSD for the first time. As a person who has gone through it, it would have been a better ordeal if I had this book to guide me through that particular time period. I am familiar with a few of the different ways to cope but not all. It is written clearly and with enough details that it does help with finding solutions to coping with the disorder. For me, I fi
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Emily
Apr 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
The book is true to its title - it is a great list of possible tools for people who have experienced and want to heal from trauma. As a clinician who focuses on trauma, many (if not most) of the tools were already familiar to me; however, I can see this book being very useful as a quick reference or for a trauma survivor exploring their options. The tools were not written in such a way that all tools could really be used to their full potential without the assistance of a therapist, but it's a g ...more
Carmen Tracey
Dec 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'll be entering a more comprehensive review of this book later, since I think it's deserving of a point-by-point rundown, but for now suffice to say that, despite its drawbacks (a too-credulous attitude toward alternative medicine, some benign-spirited but ultimately harmful cultural appropriation), this book is a wealth of information written by a compassionate, knowledgeable, and surprisingly funny author. ...more
Nor Finn
Jan 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Clear, simple, easy, friendly and insightful tips to help get through the PTSD struggle. Felt like the author "got it". Friendly language and good advice that can be used right now. So far I like this in my reference library to be close at hand for quick relief ideas . ...more
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Susan Pease Banitt, LCSW is a social worker and psychotherapist who specializes in the treatment of severe trauma and PTSD. She has worked in the field of mental health for more than four decades in diverse settings and teaches classes on healing from trauma in Portland, Oregon. She is the author of The Trauma Tool Kit: Healing PTSD from the Inside Out (Quest, 2012) written to help people heal fr ...more

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“Traumatic events, by definition, overwhelm our ability to cope. When the mind becomes flooded with emotion, a circuit breaker is thrown that allows us to survive the experience fairly intact, that is, without becoming psychotic or frying out one of the brain centers. The cost of this blown circuit is emotion frozen within the body. In other words, we often unconsciously stop feeling our trauma partway into it, like a movie that is still going after the sound has been turned off. We cannot heal until we move fully through that trauma, including all the feelings of the event.” 77 likes
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