Healing Sexual Trauma Workbook
Somatic Skills to Help You Feel Safe in Your Body, Create Boundaries, and Live with Resilience
Overcome shame and stigma; and bring a newly felt sense of safety, awareness, and life to your body.
If you've experienced rape, sexual abuse, molestation, or sexual trauma, you may feel as if you've lost your sense of self. You may have difficulty setting boundaries or building satisfying sexual relationships. Sometimes, you may even feel like your body isn't your own. You aren't alone. The scars of sexual trauma exist not only in the mind, but also in the body. And in order to heal, build resilience, and discover a sense of hope, you must address both.
Drawing on the powerful mind-body techniques of somatic therapy, The Healing Sexual Trauma Workbook is a step-by-step guide to overcoming the psychological effects of sexual trauma, and increasing positive body awareness and vitality. You'll find tools to help you create an internal sense of safety and become more embodied and present. You'll also discover ways to establish boundaries; move beyond intense feelings like shame, fear, and guilt; and deal effectively with triggers.
Finally, you'll learn how to cultivate self-compassion and the confidence needed to live your best life. What happened to you isn't your fault, and it doesn't define you. With the right tools, you can live a full and satisfying life beyond sexual trauma. This workbook will help guide you, every step of the way.
About this Author
Erika Shershun, MFT, is a licensed psychotherapist and supervisor working in private practice in San Francisco, CA. Specializing in treating survivors of sexual assault and incest--and a survivor herself--she facilitates an ongoing weekly group, Surviving and Thriving: Healing Sexual Trauma. A graduate of the California Institute of Integral Studies clinical psychology MA program with a concentration in somatic psychology, she is a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT), and the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy (USABP). Erika welcomes and values diversity, including all races, sexualities, genders, body sizes, and abilities. To contact her please visit www.healingsexualtrauma.com, www.erikashershuntherapy.com, or follow her @erikashershun.
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