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Complex PTSD: From Surviving to Thriving: A Guide and Map for Recovering from Childhood Trauma – by Pete Walker

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We’ve written before about Complex PTSD, but there’s a lot more to be said than we can fit into an article or two.

Pete Walker, a licensed marriage and family therapist, does an excellent job and pulls no punches, starting from the book’s dedication and carrying the hard-hitting seriousness all the way through to the Appendices.

To this end, it absolutely may not be an easy book to read at times (emotionally speaking), especially if you have C-PTSD. On the other hand, you may also find it a very validating 300-odd pages of “Yes, he is telling my life story in words, now this makes sense!”

That said, it’s mostly not an anecdotes-based book and nor is it just a feelsy ride; it’s also a textbook and a how-to manual. It’s a textbook of how and why things come about the way they do, and a manual of how to effectively manage C-PTSD, and find peace. There’s no silver bullet here, but there is a very comprehensive guide, and chapters full of tools to use (and no, not the same CBT things you’ve probably read a hundred times, this is C-PTSD-specific stuff).

Bottom line: this is the C-PTSD book; if you buy only one book on the topic, make it this one.

Click here to check out Complex PTSD: From Surviving To Thriving, and indeed thrive!

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