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The Sexual Healing Journey [Paperback]

Wendy Maltz
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Feb. 8 2001

Considered a classic in its field, this comprehensive guide will help survivors of sexual abuse improve their relationships and discover the joys of sexual intimacy. Wendy Maltz takes survivors step-by-step through the recovery process using groundbreaking exercises and techniques. Based on the author's clinical work, interviews, and workshops, this guide is filled with first-person accounts of women and men at every stage of sexual healing.

This compassionate resource helps survivors to:

  • Identify the sexual effects of sexual abuse
  • Eliminate negative sexual behavior and resolve specific problems
  • Gain control over upsetting automatic reactions to touch and sex
  • Develop a healthy sexual self-concept

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    "...Survivors of sexual abuse, their partners, and their therapists will bebfit enormously from this reassuring guide." -- Lonnie Barbach, PhD, author of For Yourself

    "...Wendy Maltz stands out for her remarkable combination of wisdom, creativity, and heart. What a rare, useful, and encouraging contribution!" -- Harriet Lerner, PhD, author of The Dance of Anger

    "The Sexual Healing Journey is a precious gift for male and female survivors and for those who care about them." -- Mike Lew, author of Victims No Longer

    About the Author

    Wendy Maltz, M.S.W., is a licensed clinical social worker, marriage counselor, and certified sex therapist in private practice in Eugene, Oregon. A frequent lecturer, her books include Private Thoughts, Passionate Hearts, and Intimate Kisses. She is the writer and producer of Relearning Touch and Partners in Healing, two videos for couples.

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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Review Aug. 9 2001
    Format:Paperback
    I bought this book, which is titled The Sexual Healing Journey, when I started healing from being abused in my childhood. When I first read this thorough book I felt able to relate to many of the topics. The topics included discussion on different types of sexual abuse, problems actual survivors developed as a result of abuse, positive assertion of the topic sexuality.
    While reading the book, The Sexual Healing Journey, the author occasionally talked about her experiences of being sexually abused. I respected her ability to recover and turn her trauma into a positive experience, by helping other survivors of abuse in her councelling practice.
    The author, Wendy Maltz, talked about these topics gently, I felt safe reading The sexual Healing Journey because of the books gentle tone. When I read a book, The Courage To Heal, I noticed the tone was rough. This rough tone was one reason I returned the book the next day.
    I have referred to the book The Sexual Healing Journey many times after the first time I read this book.
    I really found the book helpful in my recovery
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Finally... July 12 2001
    By Fera
    Format:Paperback
    After reading several books on child sexual abuse, I finally came across THIS book to help me out with the sexual problems I am facing NOW. I am not a native English speaker (but an Enlgish student) and I find this book very easy to read. It is down-to-earth and inspirational all at the same time. However, I would suggest reading and working through this book can work AGAINST you if you do not have the proper support you need. If you are working through dealing with (child) sexual abuse, I would strongly recommend working through this book with the help of an experienced counselor. I consider myself quite a tough cookie but I can't tackle this subject on my own. But I am 100% satisfied with the information, quotations of fellow-strugglers, and exercises!
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    5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST sexual healing book I've read Aug. 8 2001
    By A Customer
    Format:Paperback
    I've been on a healing journey from childhood sexual abuse for many years. I've read all the "standard" books and worked with a number of therapists. NONE of the books and NONE of the therapists has helped me heal in the area of sexual intimacy to the extent that this book has helped me. It's the first book I've read that REALLY addresses this problem, and it offers step by step suggestions to finding a healing path. I also found it very comforting to read words of encouragement from others AND THEIR PARTNERS with similar histories and problems who have made amazing progress. Until I read their stories, I never REALLY understood that my feelings and dysfunction were "normal", under the circumstances. My partner and I are so grateful Wendy Maltz for having written this book.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good and hard to find material July 27 2002
    By A Customer
    Format:Paperback
    It's hard to find actual exercises for you and your partner like in this book. They work even if you figured out a few on your own, it's nice to know why they work so well. It's also good to hear the male side, I wasn't really sure how many men had been abused before, now I know. It's too bad more of us don't talk about it in the open we talk about everything else!
    I did not like the exercise about remembering your sexual identity before the abuse started, for some of us that was when we were just out of diapers. I can't even remember much before age nine let alone what sexual identity I had if any. It's better to work with what you are now. I would have liked more stories with the man and the woman, I guess I can find more in other books but this book is very unusual and a "must read".
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