Heal Psychological Wounds on Your Own
Move on from the emotional trauma of your past: Contrary to what many people believe, we can recover from emotional trauma relatively quickly and completely on our own, without thousands of dollars spent on therapists. Whether it’s extreme trauma such as sexual abuse or the horrors of war or less dramatic shame and guilt, we don’t need to spend years in intensive therapy to recover. Keep Pain in the Past provides a process that enables you to do most, if not all, of the recovery on your own.
Train yourself in psychological self-healing: While most people know what can be done to treat physical illslike using ice on a muscle sprainthey don’t realize they can apply certain psychological principles to treat anxiety, depression and other conditions. Keep Pain in the Past teaches you the critical 21st century skill of treating psychological wounds on your own.
Treat yourself and heal old wounds: People may suspect that trauma from their past is affecting them negatively, but they take refuge in denial because honestly, surfacing that pain hurts. Keep Pain in the Past helps you identify and face pain, and find closure on your own.
Learn from the success of others: Discover how Sheri, a 37-year-old attorney, recovered from panic attacks that seemed to come out of nowhere. Follow the journey of Mark, a 29-year-old Army veteran who experienced the horror of war in Afghanistan, as he healed from the downward spiral that had caused him to lose his job and become increasingly uncommunicative with his family. Explore how Melinda, a 42-year-old professor who struggled to sustain a romantic relationship, confronted her torturous childhood and has now found love that is still going strong after three years.
Keep Pain in the Past achieves what conventional therapy does not. After reading this book, you will be able to:
- Confront your emotional baggage
- Reach closure
- Discover a life unhaunted by the trauma of your past
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About the Author
Chris Cortman, PhD has been a licensed psychologist for 28 years. He is a much-sought-after speaker, has facilitated more than 60,000 hours of psychotherapy, and has provided psychological consultation at five hospitals in the Sarasota/Venice area. Dr. Cortman is the co-creator of a youth prevention and wellness program called The Social Black Belt.
Dr. Joseph Walden graduated from Florida State University with his Bachelor’s degree in psychology and graduated with his Doctorate of Psychology from the Florida School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Walden has a wide variety of experiences including working in a crisis center and an inpatient drug and alcohol center in Bradenton, a college counseling center in and the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center in St. Petersburg, and Park Center, a community mental health hospital, in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Dr. Walden has worked with children, families, adults, and the geriatric populations in individual and group therapy. He offers treatment for anxiety, depression, addictions, trauma, interpersonal skills, phobias, and stress management.
"I am personally and professionally invested in the treatment of the military population. My father was an Army veteran and was the one who originally sparked my interest in the treatment of trauma. While on practicum at the Bay Pines VAMC, I worked in the Substance and Posttraumatic Integrated Recovery (SPIR) unit where I worked with veterans who were dually diagnosed with an alcohol/drug addiction and PTSD. There I spent time completing trauma-specific training for my entire tenure there. I also completed my dissertation using an empirical study regarding differences in PTSD symptom expression across war era involvement."
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Treating Trauma; What If We Already Have the Answers We Need to Heal? 8
Chapter 2 Trauma Destroys the Soul Thanks to Mr. Avoidance 37
Chapter 3 Remember: Tell the Tale in Detail 52
Chapter 4 Feel: No Feel, No Heal 68
Chapter 5 Express: Let the Water Flow 76
Chapter 6 Release: Release for Peace 98
Chapter 7 Reframe: Reclaim Your Life 113
Chapter 8 Moral injury: What If You Really Are Guilty? 131
Chapter 9 Complex PTSD: When the Trauma Happened Again and Again 157
Chapter 10 Jim Meets Fritz 176
Chapter 11 Finishing Your Unfinished Business 191
Chapter 12 Out of the Traumatic Past and Into a Better Future 199
Appendix 1 210
References: Appendix 1 214
Appendix 2 215
References: Appendix 2 237
About the Authors 242
What People are Saying About This
"This book offers real stories and a path to authentic emotional healing for people recovering from past hurts and traumatic events. Written with hope and compassion the authors guide the reader through an actionable stepwise process of gaining their life back after traumatic experiences and keeping the emotional pain in the past--for good! "
--Helen Odessky, Psy. D. Author of Stop Anxiety From Stopping You.