Overcoming Traumatic stress
Claudia Herbert & Ann Wetmore
Professor Claudia Herbert is Director of the Oxford Development Centre and the Oxford Stress and Trauma Centre, and a professor at the Institute of Cognitive Science in Grosetto, Italy.
Ann Wetmore is a registered psychologist practising in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and holds an Adjunct Assistant Professor appointment in the Clinical Psychology department at Dalhousie University in Halifax.
Overcoming Traumatic Stress is a CBT-based self-help book which demonstrates, with practical advice and tested exercises, how to find new and effective ways of coping with. and eventually of overcoming, traumatic stress.
This useful self-help guide is in two parts.
- Part One describes traumatic stress, and leads towards an understanding of the sufferer’s reactions and those of their family and friends. Part One also includes a guide for carers, in particular how to avoid being themselves affected by the trauma.
- Part Two is dedicated to ways of managing traumatic stress. It includes strategies to deal with reactions, guilt, avoidance, and ways to cope with physical scars, pain and possible disfigurement. However, unlike other books in the Overcoming series, this book is not meant as a replacement for therapy, and indeed in some places the reader is encouraged to consider seeking professional help, especially in the case where reactions and responses to stress are very strong.
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Useful not only to someone who has survived trauma but also to those who try to offer help and support.
Olga N. Bogoliubova, St Petersburg State University, Russia