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The Courage to Heal Workbook: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse

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In this groundbreaking companion to The Courage to Heal, Laura Davis offers an inspiring, in-depth workbook that speaks to all women and men healing from the effects of child sexual abuse. The combination of checklists, writing and art Projects, open-ended questions and activities expertly guides the survivor through the healing process.

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Paperback, 480 pages
Published February 28th 1990 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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Mar 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Tremendously useful in my practice as a psychotherapist, recommend this classic book to my colleagues for their survivors.
This was suggested to me by a friend. I survived severe physical emotional and verbal abuse as a kid. This book is a great resource for anyone who's survived any kind of childhood trauma. The questions are hard, but healing too. It's set up so that you can work on it however you are comfortable. I prefer using it alone with my journsl and God. But I will talk about it with my therapist if needed. To each their own when it comes to these things.
Feb 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This workbook with exercises of writing, creating art, checklists and open ended questions assists survivors in the healing process. This complimentary book to The Courage to Heal helps the survivor acknowledge that it happened through simplistic way of expressing anger, loss, grief and pain of the traumatic experience they endured as a child. Not only is this book for women it could apply to men as well. It is great to have both books to refer to assist you in the healing process. Highly recomm ...more
Aug 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
It's like having a councilor asking all the right questions to get your mind on it's way to recovery.
Oct 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Phenomenal workbook! I HIGHLY recommend this workbook to any & all survivors of sexual abuse/sexual assault!
Sep 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Excellent addition to The Courage to Heal.
Stephen M. Theriault
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Important to aid those recovering from childhood abuse.
Sep 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is brilliant book that all American women should read, even if they aren't convinced that they aren't victims of incest or satanic ritual abuse (as a therapist I would be very dubious if I encountered a woman who was convinced she hadn't been abused/ritually abused as a child).

The real strength of The Workbook is to establish a proper sexual relationship for women that avoids any possibility of abuse. The section is 'APPENDIX: GUIDELINES FOR HEALING SEXUALLY' and if you have a man (boyfrien
Apr 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: ptsd
When I worked through this book in 1997 or 1998 it was difficult going, but I thought that my ability to manage the PTSD symptoms was evidence that my work was done.

Not so.

Now that we have documentation of the various stages of survivor work (thanks to Herman's Trauma and Recovery which I only just found recently), I must admit the correctness of the one or two therapists who argued that working until you drop is effectively avoiding the work of recovery. So I cannot say whether I actually worke
Gwendolyn Cameron
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Every round of flashbacks and memories sends me back to the gentle cloak of this reassuring workbook. It assures me I can get through whatever I'm going through, and being a workbook, I specify HOW I'm personally doing so. Hard to believe one has no resources when they've been written down in the past!
Jul 31, 2011 rated it it was ok
I was not as impressed by the workbook. It was suggested that the workbook is supposed to work like a companion guide to the book but I could never get them to fit together. I recommend just getting the book and leave the workbook on the shelf.
Apr 21, 2012 rated it liked it
Lots of hard work. Kicks my ass every time I return to work on an issue. Has helped keep me present on here and now focused. Frighting endeavor the first time but well worth summoning the courage to open the cover.
Angie crosby
Jul 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
workbook that goes along with the Courage to heal book. Worth getting
Jul 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is not so much 'read' as 'worked through'. I have been working through it and find the exercises very useful.
Hillarie Speziale
Jan 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Exceptional book, highly recommended
Renee Winkles
Helpful and effective.
Debra Karper
Dec 04, 2015 marked it as to-read
Not interested in reading this one
Poet Truth
Jan 08, 2011 marked it as to-read
Recommends it for: Those who have suffered from abuse and is ready to move forward with skills that this book offers
Recommended to Poet by: A doctor
I had to stop reading this book, at this point in my life I am not ready to open this door.
I will read again in the future.
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Laura Davis is the author of seven non-fiction books, including The Courage to Heal, Becoming the Parent You Want to Be and I Thought We’d Never Speak Again. Laura’s groundbreaking books have sold more than 1.8 million copies around the world. Laura leads weekly writing groups and memoir writing retreats in the Santa Cruz, CA region, as well as an annual summer writing retreat in Bolinas, Californ ...more
“Although healing brings a better life, it also threatens to permanently alter life as you’ve known it. Your relationships, your position in the world, even your sense of identity may change. Coping patterns that have served you for a lifetime will be called into question. When you make the commitment to heal, you risk losing much of what is familiar. As a result one part of you may want to heal while another resists change.” 15 likes
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