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8 Keys To Safe Trauma Recovery [Paperback]

Babette Rothschild
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Dec 22 2009
Trauma recovery is tricky; however, there are several key principles that can help make the process safe and effective. This book gives self help readers, therapy clients and therapists alike the skills to understand and implement eight keys to successful trauma healing: mindful identification of what is helpful, recognising survival, having the option to not remember, creating a supportive inner dialogue, forgiving yourself for not being able to stop the trauma, understanding and sharing shame, finding your own recovery pace, mobilising your body, and helping others. This is not another book promoting a new method or type of treatment; rather it is a necessary adjunct to self-help and professional recovery programmes. After reading this book, readers will be able to recognise their own individual needs and evaluate whether those needs are being met. They will have the tools necessary to put themselves in the driver's seat, navigating their own safe road to recovery.

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Superbly written! Babette Rothschild has the rare ability to explain trauma's complexities in a way that makes sense. Brilliant in its clarity and simplicity, profound in its wisdom, and practical in its counsel, this book is a major contribution to the trauma literature which will greatly benefit survivors and therapists alike. Highly recommended. --Glenn R. Schiraldi, PhD, University of Maryland School of Public Health, author The Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Sourcebook

About the Author

Babette Rothschild has been a practising psychotherapist since 1976. Author of the best-selling The Body Remembers (978 0 393 70327 6) and a member of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, she gives lectures and professional trainings around the world.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Masterpiece from Babette! Feb. 26 2010
By Lene R.
Babette understands PTSD which empowers her to empower others. Her new book 8 Keys to Safe Trauma Recovery can be described as a CARE FULL masterpiece. Careful in giving the "reading client" safe choices to customize what helps them right now at whatever step of the journey they are at. Hard to express in words Babette's genuine care that emanates from the pages to lend comfort, hope and healing to her readers. She is full of care and it can be felt.
Babette helps by lessening the shame..."to recognize that not only are war wounds not shameful, they are ALL honorable, whether or not they can be seen."
This book is highly recommended as a gentle, yet powerful weapon in the war of your life...overcoming PTSD. Buy it and read it mindfully...with a highlighter in hand!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars accessible and authoritative - a welcome addition Feb. 24 2010
I heartily recommend and approve of this book. I like the blend of common sense, sound science and practical exercises.
Rothschild's writing is accessible without being simplistic, and respectful both of the readers' sensibilities and of their resourcefulness.

As a trauma therapist and supervisor I am familiar with her professional books, especially The Body Remembers: The Psychophysiology of Trauma and Trauma Treatment (Norton Professional Books) and I glad to have this to recommend to clients and to supervisees who are working with people affected by trauma.

It will be useful too to the friends and family of trauma survivors in understanding them and knowing how to help.

There is also some sensible advice for trauma survivors who in therapy or counselling, and indeed some useful pointers for practitioners.

The associated newsletter and website ([...]) looks like a useful addition.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Helen
This book has changed my life. For the first time I feel safe and present and confident that, with these simple strategies, I can direct my own healing. I WHOLEHEARTEDLY recommend The 8 Keys to anyone affected by / working with trauma.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource Jan. 28 2014
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Best book yet for beginning trauma recovery. I'm a psychologist and I'm using this with clients - it gives them a guide to the process, in a sensible way.
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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Safest Key to Trauma Recovery April 8 2010
By Helen Simmonds - Published on Amazon.com
I felt a huge sense of relief just holding the book in my hands and after reading the first few pages knew that someone understood the complexities of healing from trauma! If only I had been more aware and had been taught early on in my trauma recovery to trust my own high level of intuitive feelings and common sense; had listened to my body sensations and seen those "stop" signs more clearly, I could have helped myself recover from trauma so much earlier. Instead I trusted some unhelpful "professionals" rather than trusting myself and endured more suffering and trauma as a result. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is seeking help to recover from trauma and who wants to feel in-charge and empowered in their healing journey from trauma.
54 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine resource for people with traumatic experience Jan. 29 2010
By Sandra Shapiro - Published on Amazon.com
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I have two copies of "8 Keys" in my office to lend out to patients. One patient recently commented that it was easy to locate the sections that felt immediately resonant with his experience and skip past sections that didnt seem relevant. Other people will obviously make different selections. I like the book for its clear and accessible writing (Babette Rothschild's gift), and the balance between being of comfort + support and straightforward psychoeducation. I think the book is an excellent office resource for clinicians.
35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Safe Way to Treat Trauma Feb. 14 2010
By Tobias S. Schreiber - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an outstanding treatment approach. It needs to be read by anyone working with trauma. Easy to read, easy to follow, and very accessible.The writer is obviously highly experienced with this type of problem and has developed a powerful, yet respectful approach to addressing trauma and its safe resolution.The ste by step explanation is easy to follow and useful for all levels of adult readers.
Tobias S. Schreiber, Licensed Professional Counselor
25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Safety: An important consideration Dec 2 2010
By Rachelle Elias, LMFT - Published on Amazon.com
Babette Rothchild's self-help book on trauma, 8 Keys to Safe Trauma Recovery, is indeed safe to read without re-stimulating traumatic memories. As a clinician, I feel confident recommending it to my clients as an adjunct to psychotherapy. It is written simply and clearly, but without talking down to the reader, and offers helpful tools that are practical and reassuring. Ms. Rothchild has a gift for making the reader feel understood. She includes enough self-disclosure to assure the reader that her advice is not only academic, but comes from personal experience. I recommend this book even for those clients who are not in trauma, but need help with developing skills for tolerating intense emotions. It is written with empathy, kindness, and above all, common sense!
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why Every Trauma Survivor & Professional Should Read This Book May 11 2012
By Michele Rosenthal - Published on Amazon.com
As a trauma survivor who struggled with PTSD for over 25 years I had to work very hard at recovery in order to get where I am today: 100% PTSD-free. During my recovery I looked for books that would help me 1) learn to make the shift from powerless to powerful, 2) discover techniques that would allow me to access a strong and calm part of my self, 3) educate me about what it meant to have been traumatized, 4) teach me simple processes that I could use on a daily basis to lessen my feelings of anxiety, confusion and frustration, 5) help me feel better by validating my experience and letting me know I wasn't alone, or worse: crazy. I wish I had had Babette's book when I was on my healing journey!

Now as the founder of HealMyPTSD.com, the host of YOUR LIFE AFTER TRAUMA and a post-trauma coach I continue to read voraciously looking for ideas, insights and suggestions that I can pass on to the survivors I meet in hopes of easing their recovery process. I constantly refer to and recommend 8 KEYS TO SAFE TRAUMA RECOVERY because it has not only enormously valuable insights into the healing process by one who deeply knows what it takes to feel better, but also because this book contains examples and stories of trauma survivors making progress, plus: simple, myth-busting ideas to free you to move forward. For example, you do NOT have to remember everything about your trauma in order to make healing progress. This can be a huge release and remove a large obstacle to feeling better!

Covering ideas for how to develop mindfulness, stop flashbacks, reconcile forgiveness and shame, make more progress by slowing down (a must-do for any recovery), and even tips for evaluating your personal recovery process, 8 KEYS becomes an invaluable resource for both survivors and practitioners who want to learn how we can untangle the tangled trauma web and move forward toward freedom.
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