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"A practical and powerful must-read book for all who have suffered childhood sexual abuse, their family members and loved ones, and for all mental health professionals."
Harold H. Bloomfield, M.D.
As a trained therapist and sufferer of sexual abuse herself, Beverly Engel knows that there is probably no trauma a child can suffer that ma
Paperback, 272 pages
Published January 29th 1990 by Ivy Books (first published February 1st 1989)
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Sep 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
A good starter book for clients, especially women, wanting to work on this issue in their lives. Has lots of great encouragement and tidbits, even for therapists....
Jan 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Helpful for those working towards recovery from childhood sexual abuse. I read it straight through, as recommended in the introduction, with the intention of going back to work on relevant exercises at some point in the future. This is a useful way to read this book. keep a pencil or highlighter handy for marking things you want to return to or remember.
Mar 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Full of insight, this self help book gave me reassurance that the struggles I am facing are not unfamiliar. My favorite self help book about childhood sexual abuse.
Aug 27, 2009 rated it it was ok
Proceed with caution. If you're a survivor, things like this can be very triggering.
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Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommend. 252 pp. It's a quick read; easy, non-technical. Kind of an old book – my edition is dated 1991 – but well worth reading given the sadly common experience of sexual trauma. A friend of mine shared a story of sexual abuse, and when I got home the other day, I noticed this book on my to-read shelf. I'm not a professional and don't know what it's like to suffer such abuse, and I wouldn't try to "fix" anything after reading just this one book. Although, given the number of people I've know ...more
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Incredible book with practical steps for self help for survivors of CSA. Have already recommended to many people and many clients I work with.
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Beverly Engel has been a psychotherapist for thirty years, specializing in the areas of abuse recovery, relationships, women’s issues and sexuality. She is also the best-selling author of 20 self-help books, many of which have been featured on national television and radio programs (Oprah, CNN, Ricki Lake, Starting Over) as well as national print media (O Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Ladies Home Journa ...more

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“You cannot make yourself have a flashback, nor will you have one unless you are emotionally ready to remember something. Once remembered, the memory can help you to face more of the truth. You can then express your pent-up feelings about the memory and continue on your path to recovery. Think of the flashback as a clue to the next piece of work. No matter how painful, try to view it as a positive indication that you are now ready and willing to remember.” 34 likes
“The more you face the truth, the angrier you will probably become. You have a right to be angry about being sexually abused. You have a right to be angry with the perpetrator, regardless of who it was, how long ago the sexual abuse occurred, or how much he/she has changed.” 19 likes
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