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Overcoming Childhood Sexual Trauma : A Guide to Breaking Through the Wall of Fear for Practitioners and Survivors :  A Guide to Breaking Through the Wall of Fear for Practitioners and Survivors - Sheri Oz

Overcoming Childhood Sexual Trauma : A Guide to Breaking Through the Wall of Fear for Practitioners and Survivors

A Guide to Breaking Through the Wall of Fear for Practitioners and Survivors

Hardcover Published: January 2006
ISBN: 9780789029799
Number Of Pages: 308

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Go beyond the pain and fear of sexual abuse to heal the traumaChildhood sexual abuse (CSA) can be a physically and emotionally painful soul-shattering experience that can traumatize a person for a lifetime. The Wall of Fear: Crossing the Wall from Trauma to Recovery from Childhood Sexual Abuse is a unique exploration of the subjective experiences of both client and therapist as they together travel the path to recovery. Therapists get a clear illustration of the therapy process while CSA survivors are offered a gauge with which to judge their own progress toward recovery. New therapeutic concepts are clearly presented and extensively discussed while sensitively charting the experiences of clients on the journey toward healing.As Winston Churchill once said, ""If you're going through hell, keep going."" The Wall of Fear charts the arduous progress of a survivor from the initial understanding that they need help and guidance, to choosing the correct therapist, to the emotional roadblocks most clients face on their own personal recovery from the hell of CSA. The authors team up to courageously provide readers with a comprehensive and candid portrait of their experiences of CSA therapy while demonstrating the approaches which effectively enhance healing. Features include schematic drawings of the stages of therapy, the client's own diary from her youth through her therapy in adulthood, client drawings illustrating progress in therapy, and effective art exercises that can be used at the beginning of therapy. The text includes extensive references, useful appendixes, and a helpful glossary of terms for the layperson.Topics in The Wall of Fear include: the nature of sexual trauma (the new concept of the World of Trauma) growing up traumatized--and its effect on friendships, sexual development, dating, and mate selection couples' relationships and sexuality selecting a therapist the new concept of The Wall of Fear closure coping with the therapy process parenting by CSA survivors and the impact on the next generation the subjective experiences of both therapist and CSA survivorThe Wall of Fear stands as a testament that no matter what sexual trauma a person may endure, there is hope for recovery. This is insightful, crucial reading for survivors of CSA and therapists at all levels of expertise.

Forewordp. xi
Prefacep. xv
Acknowledgmentsp. xxi
Living with the Trauma
Why Is Childhood Sexual Abuse So Traumatic?p. 3
Defining CSAp. 4
Power and Exploitationp. 10
The Child's Experience of the Abuse Eventp. 16
Trapped in the World of Traumap. 23
Controlp. 25
Growing Up a Survivorp. 29
Into Adulthoodp. 43
Intimate Relationships and the World of Traumap. 55
The CSA Survivor in an Intimate Relationshipp. 55
Couples Relationshipsp. 57
Changes in the Relationship During the CSA Survivor's Therapyp. 62
Sexualityp. 65
Modifying the Couples Contractp. 69
The Journey
Choosing a Therapist: A Client's Perspectivep. 73
The Basicsp. 73
Knowing a Poor Fitp. 74
The Ideal Therapistp. 75
Codap. 79
Stages of Therapy: Breaking Through the Wall of Fearp. 83
The Map of the Therapeutic Processp. 84
Starting the Journeyp. 86
The Wall of Fearp. 94
Continuing the Journeyp. 119
Closure: Coming to Peace with the Pastp. 125
Confrontationsp. 125
Revenge Fantasiesp. 146
Forgivenessp. 147
Justicep. 153
Reconciliationp. 155
Forgiveness Againp. 157
Closurep. 162
How I Get Through Therapy in One Piecep. 165
Support Networkp. 166
Coping Alonep. 173
Epiloguep. 178
Companions on the Journey
Children of Survivors: Growing Up in the Shadow of Traumap. 183
What the Research Saysp. 183
Should I Tell My Children I Was Abused?p. 197
The Voices of the Childrenp. 199
A Final Word to Survivor Parentsp. 203
Being a Therapist: Notes on Working with CSA Survivorsp. 207
Starting Outp. 208
What the Literature Says About Being a CSA Therapistp. 209
My Own Experiences as a CSA Therapistp. 216
Boundary Issues in the Literaturep. 224
Personal Experience with Boundary Dilemmasp. 230
Special Challenges in Clinical Workp. 237
Concluding Wordsp. 246
Final Thoughtsp. 249
Beginning Therapyp. 253
Before-and-After Drawingp. 253
Two-Photo Collagep. 255
Timing of the Exercisesp. 259
Interview Questionsp. 261
The Questionnairep. 261
Glossaryp. 267
Referencesp. 277
Indexp. 297
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ISBN: 9780789029799
ISBN-10: 0789029790
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 308
Published: January 2006
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.68
Edition Number: 1

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