Healing from Childhood Abuse: Understanding the Effects, Taking Control to Recover

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Healing from Childhood Abuse: Understanding the Effects, Taking Control to Recover

Format:  Hardcover,

171 pages

Publisher: Greenwood Pub Group

Publish Date: Apr 2012

ISBN-13: 9780313397882

ISBN-10: 0313397880

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The American Medical Association currently estimates at least one in every five adults suffered abuse as a child. While childhood abuse or trauma is certainly not a new issue, it has reached epidemic proportion. Yet most clinicians have not been sufficiently trained to appreciate or understand the devastating long-term impact of abuse on the total person.

John J. Lemoncelli, EdD, authored this book to enable those who suffer in silence to understand what happened, take control, and begin and maintain a program of recovery. It helps those abused in childhood to grasp how their experience impacted their development and the extent to which it negatively affects their present lives; encourages them to let go of the belief that they are damaged, dirty, or at fault; and provides an effective strategy for externalizing the source of their anguish, rather than blaming themselves. The author outlines several stages and common issues that may need to be addressed, but as no "one size fits all" treatment is possible, he provides strategies that empower victims to identify the specific sources of their pain.


Publisher: Greenwood Pub Group
Publish Date: Apr 2012
ISBN-13: 9780313397882
ISBN-10: 0313397880
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 171
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.0
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.25 x 9.25 x 0.5
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Chapter outline

Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
ANew Approach to Healingp. 11
The Parasitep. 17
The Workings of the Parasitep. 25
The Impact of Abuse on Developmentp. 37
Spiritual Developmentp. 45
Some Issues to Assist You in Therapyp. 53
Being in Therapyp. 53
Semantics or Genuine Thought Patternsp. 56
You Have a Choice-There is Real Power in that Choicep. 60
Altering Perceptionsp. 61
Are Your Feelings Objective Reality?p. 65
Did I Have a Right to a Happy Childhood?p. 67
Did I Lose My Innocence? Did I Lose Myself?p. 68
How Does One Explain Dysfunctional Parents?p. 70
Grieving the Loss of Your Childhoodp. 74
The Hunt for the Evilp. 78
Visiting the Ovensp. 82
Victim versus Survivor: Becoming a Survivorp. 85
Sadiep. 93
Josephinep. 99
Jimp. 104
Lizp. 106
Forgiveness of the Selfp. 109
Perfectionism and People-Pleasingp. 123
Boundariesp. 135
Fragmented, Not Damagedp. 143
The Story of the Journey of Your Healingp. 151
A Concluding Notep. 153
An Invitation to Clinicians…p. 159
Bibliographyp. 161
Indexp. 165

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