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Christiane Sanderson Counselling in Fulham
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1st March 2017 
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Counselling Skills for Working With Trauma

Healing From Child Sexual Abuse, Sexual Violence and Domestic Abuse


‘This book has a great deal to offer to all counsellors and psychotherapists, as well as other practitioners who work with people who have experienced trauma within the context of close relationships. Its great strength is that it considers all aspects of this area of therapy in an informed, accessible, caring and comprehensive manner. It represents an exceptional contribution to the literature and will become essential reading for both trainees and experienced practitioners. A welcome example of how knowledge and skills from a range of medical, social and psychotherapeutic approaches can be integrated into a coherent model of practice. ’
John McLeod, Emeritus Professor of Counselling, University of Abertay, UK; Professor of Psychology, University of Oslo, Norway

‘This book is fabulous… the absolute best I have ever read on the trauma associated with sex abuse… It takes the understanding of the problem and the path to recovery to a new level, revealing the devastating nature of traumatic effects of abuse, but also providing a source of concrete hope through a realistic and attainable treatment and recovery program. The section on understanding complex trauma is a major gem in itself, and should be required reading for anyone involved in sex abuse at any level.’
– Thomas Doyle, J.C.D., C.A.D.C, a Canon lawyer and outspoken advocate for clergy-abuse victims, USA

Counselling Skills for Working with Trauma is a practical guide to counselling survivors of child abuse, neglect, rape, sexual violence, sexual trafficking, religious sexual abuse, and domestic abuse.

Written in an accessible style, this book provides a comprehensive introduction to complex trauma and practical advice on how to create a safe environment in which survivors can learn the skills to restore control over trauma symptoms and to aid healing and post traumatic growth. The book covers all of the key principles including:

Understanding the role of dissociation in complex trauma

Understanding the role of attachment

Managing flashbacks, panic attacks, nightmares and dissociation

Managing shame and guilt

Managing relationships

Managing the impact of working with complex trauma
It explores how practitioners can work more effectively with trauma, and offers techniques and skills which can easily be integrated into different therapeutic models.

Featuring highlighted top tips, warnings and a range of exercises, this is an essential guide for all professionals working with child and adult survivors of complex trauma, sexual violence and domestic abuse.