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Surviving Childhood Sexual Abuse Workboo: Practical Exercises for Working on Problems Resulting Form Childhood Abuse (Practical Companion to Surviving Childhood Sexual Abuse) [Paperback]

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7 Dec 2000 Practical Companion to Surviving Childhood Sexual Abuse
The practical companion to surviving childhood sexual abuse.. The Surviving Childhood Sexual Abuse Workbook guides readers through a series of exercises, charts, and checklists aimed at recognizing, understanding, and working on the problems resulting from childhood sexual abuse. The exercises are divided into four parts: Understanding Your Present Problems and Keeping Safe; Guilt and Self-Blame; Feelings about Yourself and Others; and Looking to the Future.

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  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: DaCapo Press; Workbook edition (7 Dec 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555612903
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555612900
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 18.9 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 511,590 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Carolyn Ainscough is a clinical psychologist who has dedicated herself to helping survivors of sexual abuse through support groups and one-on-one counseling. Kay Toon is a clinical psychologist who has dedicated herself to helping survivors of sexual abuse through support groups and one-on-one counseling.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Has helped 7 Jun 2009
After years of feeling bad (about 25) and guilty and afraid of living my life. I realised that maybe it's not me, maybe my past has something to do with it? For a long time I just wanted to get as far away from my past as I could and lead a 'normal life' but my past was always there getting in the way.

Getting this book helped me to understand my past and has helped me to come to terms with some aspects. Sexual abuse is like a cancer and all I wanted was for someone to cut it out of me but you can't! Having this workbook and their other book helped me deal with all those feelings that arose. It will never go away but I can deal with it in a better way and not in such a self destructive way. I can allow myself to feel and accept what hapenned but best of all I can learn to be the person I so desperately wanted to become :) It's not an easy journey but having this kind of book and building on your self esteem does make it an easier one.

I am grateful that I live in an era that has so much information available.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great workbook with productive exercises. 8 Mar 2013
By louise
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this is a well thought-out workbook which is simple to read and easy to dip in and out of. the actual exercises aren't easy but i felt safe at every stage of the exercises i have completed so far. as with every book of this type, it won't work if you aren't in the right head-space but if you are then it is invaluable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Help 8 July 2013
By Jambill
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I bought this book to give to a colleague who had suffered abuse as a child, reading this and carrying out the exercises encourage them to go to a counsellor for help
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Tool! 10 May 2007
By Laynee Kuhn - Published on Amazon.com
This is one of the best books I have ever used to help people cope with and heal from sexual abuse! It has pratical ideas on how to explore this sensitive issue, good suggestions for coping methods, and excellent excerpts from others that help survivors feel less alone.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most helpful books I have ever encountered on this subject 12 Oct 2011
By W.H. - Published on Amazon.com
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I have read many, many books on this subject--too many, I sometimes think.

Most of these books do an admirable job of describing the feelings a survivor may be left with. Did I feel angry? Yes. Did I feel sad? Yes. Did I have conflicted feelings about my abuser and the people who failed to put a stop to it or to protect me in the first place? Yes and yes.

But I could never let go of these feelings or move past them into acceptance and healing like the the people who told their stories so eloquently and articulately in the books I read. I was only three years old when the abuse took place and at that age I had no words for what was happening.

I'd look back as an adult and ask myself WHY. Why had I been singled out for the abuse in the first place? Why didn't I fight or scream? Why didn't I tell anyone? I was caught in an endless loop of "whys" and I never seemed to make any progress.

I simply could not take the memories and feelings of my traumatized three year-old self and translate them into a story with a straight, simple narrative the way other survivors who had been older when they were abused could and did. My thoughts and feelings on the matter were hopelessly muddled and they had me in a chokehold.

This book has some very simple exercises that have helped me to at least begin to make sense of it. It includes a checklist of possible ways a person may be affected by sexual abuse and some of the coping strategies that children develop and may bring into adulthood. They run the gamut from positive to negative to neutral.

This checklist is great because survivors are not a homogeneous group who share a single profile or a single clear-cut path to recovery. We may respond to and cope with the abuse in very different ways and have different issues to work out. The authors of this book acknowledge and understand this.

The bulk of the book consists of writing exercises in which people are asked to describe how they feel about the abuse, themselves, and life in general.

I was surprised to realize just how many aspects of my life have been colored and shaped by the abuse--far more than I had previously acknowledged or admitted, even to myself. I was even more surprised to find that some of the people interviewed for this book were also abused as toddlers and very small children. They hadn't known what to do either and some of them grew up feeling just as confused and as lost as I had.

While I was sad to realize that what I had believed to be a very rare occurrence is not, reading these people's stories made me feel less alone in the world. I owe them a huge debt of gratitude and I admire their courage and their desire to help people they will never even meet.

One simple exercise was worth the whole price of the book as far as I'm concerened. I had to draw a picture of myself at the age when the abuse took place next to a picture of my abuser. Then I looked at the difference in size and I finally had the answer to all of my "whys."

Realizing that I never stood a chance against my abuser brings its own kind of heartbreak. But the relief I feel now that I can finally stop interrogating and blaming myself for what happened is beyond description.

I still have a lot of work to do and a long way to go before I can say that I've "recovered." But for the first time in my life I truly feel like I am on my way.

If you were sexually abused as a child and feel hopelessly damaged or ruined by it, please read this book (along with its companion, "Survivng Childhood Sexual Abuse" by Carolyn Ainscough and Kay Toon) and do the exercises. It won't be easy, but you'll come to find that hope is not lost after all.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT THERAPY TOOL 16 May 2009
By RAYMOND J. FERNEKES - Published on Amazon.com
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I dont often use "self-help" workbooks with patients... but this one caught my eye for one particular client I was working with, and it turned out to be the catalyst he needed for turning everything around and begin working productively toward healing his emotional wounds. I will use this book again with other clients.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great therapeutic tool 2 Nov 2009
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I've used and recommended this particular book for any of my client's that are dealing with childhood sexual abuse. It's not too intrusive and has proven (at least by the responses of my clients) to be very helpful in coming to grips with their childhood trauma and has helped them to move beyond it from a victim to a survivor.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful resource for clients with complex trauma 30 Sep 2012
By D. Marie - Published on Amazon.com
I highly recommend this workbook as part of trauma therapy. It does a great job explaining and normalizing complex symptomology. *** Be aware that this book should only be used for trauma victims WITH an individual therapist. The content is otherwise too retraumatizing and can trigger a great deal of unprocessed material.
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