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Beginning to Heal

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Based on the groundbreaking bestseller The Courage to Heal, this is a compassionate and easy-to-read guide for survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Offering hope, support, and guidance through practical explanations and compelling first-person stories, the authors take readers through the stages of the healing process.
Mass Market Paperback, 144 pages
Published March 28th 1994 by HarperPrism
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Alison Robinson
Oct 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: counseling-books
I read this book as a counselor who sees many clients with histories of sexual abuse. Beginning to Heal is a small book that is great for anyone who has experienced abuse, or for those who are the support for a victim. The authors explain the process of healing, offer hope to those who feel hopeless, and show that it is possible for even the truly broken to have a healthy, thriving life. The book does not sugar coat or stereotype, but offers real guidance. The path to healing is hard and painful ...more
Tyshawn Knight
Apr 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If you are coping with a past and must begin your journey to healing alone then start with this book. It is written by women who understand from the point of view of understanding. At times it is blunt other times it is frank, all the time it helps.
Jan 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This little mini-book is a godsent. Highly recommend to anyone contemplating therapy or just starting. It's the beacon of light in a lifetime of fog.
Jasmine Caudle
May 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I started reading this book around February 2014. I had been struggling with being a 20 year survivor and I was tired of letting the guilt and shame control my life. I researched several books to begin my healing journey, and decided to give this one a try first based on the many reviews I read on several sites. THIS BOOK IS GOD SENT! I cannot begin to show my gratitude! This book gave me the courage to not only admit and acknowledge to myself the pain I skillfully buried away for years, but it ...more
Angel Graham
Sep 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
A small book, that I have found is perfect for giving to supporters of those of us in recovery from Child Sexual Abuse. It hits the hi-lights of the BIG BOOK, Courage to Heal, without being so overwhelming. I've given a copy to 3 people so far and each has said this helped them to understand how best to help me, and others they know who are survivors.
Jun 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: self-help, abuse
I have recommended this book to female clients when they have entrusted me with the honor of working with them around sexual abuse -- their clear choice as i always offer that they may want a female counsellor.
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“There is comfort in knowing that you don’t have to pretend anymore, that you are going to do everything within your power to heal.” 17 likes
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