Overcoming Childhood Trauma


Dr Helen Kennerley

Helen Kennerley is a clinical psychologist and cognitive therapist. As a consultant, she leads a specialist clinic in cognitive therapy, part of the Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre. The recovery plan on which Overcoming Childhood Trauma is based has been developed and refined over several years in Helen's clinics.

Overcoming Childhood Trauma is a self-help guide, using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques and based upon research, clinical work and patient feedback. Its approach is very much "step by step", allowing you to build gradually upon solid progress.


This useful self-help guide is in three parts.

Part One will give you the background information you need to understand more about childhood trauma, and to equip you for recovery. Sections include:

  • What problems are linked with childhood trauma?
  • Putting your difficulties into context
  • How CBT techniques can help

Part Two will help you prepare for change, learning how to manage your moods and day-to-day stresses, how to build your own self-esteem, and how to look after yourself. It also includes a set of coping strategies in case of setbacks. Sections include:

  • Deciding what you want
  • Managing problem memories
  • Getting a balanced perspective

Part Three examines such issues as dealing with self-blame and feelings of guilt, managing anger, and sorting out relationship problems and the sexual difficulties that might arise. Sections include:

  • Understanding blame
  • Confrontation, communication and opening up to others
  • Looking after yourself from now on


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