Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors (2017) 5 stars

Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors integrates a neurobiologically informed understanding of trauma, dissociation, …

A detailed and well researched book drawn from experience

5 stars

The author is a professional therapist, and she has formulated an approach to dealing with trauma based on her clinical experience and expertise, that draws on a wide evidence base.

Her approach is novel and probably as a result controversial, as it also involves critiques of other approaches to trauma therapy. It’s difficult to describe why this book is so good, the method described, called “parts therapy” makes a lot of sense. The goal is to help people understand how and why trauma influences their emotional state, and how to integrate trauma effects positively, without focusing on the trauma. There is a body of thought that suggests that approach, of focusing on trauma, only reactivates it and keeps people emotionally trapped. I love this book and have revisited key chapters frequently since first reading it. The book isn’t designed to be a self help course, it’s aimed at explaining the method to therapists and people looking for therapists, but I still found it really helpful as someone who can’t afford therapy, to understand my own struggles more fully.