Workbooks and Journals

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Intimate Partner Violence

Healing the Trauma of Domestic Violence: A Workbook by Mari McCaig MSW and Edward S. Kubany PhD ABPP [Amazon | Bookshop]

Based on a clinically proven set of techniques called cognitive trauma therapy (CTT), the exercises in this workbook will help you address feelings of guilt, anger, depression, anxiety, and stress. You’ll learn how to break down the negative thoughts that might be cycling in your mind and how to replace them with positive, constructive affirmations. Later in the program, you’ll be guided through controlled exposure to abuse reminders, which will enable you to face the fears you might otherwise spend a lifetime avoiding. The program begins and ends with techniques for becoming your own best advocate—an informed, confident person with all the strength you need to create the secure, fulfilling life you deserve.

Child Sexual Abuse

The Right to Innocence: Healing the Trauma of Childhood Sexual Abuse by Beverly Engel [Amazon | Bookshop]

At a time when horror stories of childhood sexual abuse are revealed daily, there is still insufficient help for the abused. This problem is finally being dealt with in Beverly Engel’s excellent book, The Right to Innocence. This is a recovery guide, a seven-step program that enables victims to heal the damage such experiences inflict. “A practical and powerful must-read book for all who have suffered childhood sexual abuse, their family members and loved ones, and for all mental health professionals.

Emotional Abuse

The Emotional Abuse Recovery Workbook: Breaking the Cycle of Psychological Violence by Theresa Comito LMFT [Amazon | Bookshop]

The Emotional Abuse Recovery Workbook provides therapy-based strategies that will help you identify, acknowledge, and understand emotional abuse, and begin the process of recovery. Learn how to recognize the warning signs, remain vigilant in threatening situations, and understand that you are not to blame for what happened to you. With positive and actionable exercises for relief and healing―along with space to write and reflect on what you learn―you’ll become empowered to regain your freedom and sense of self.

The Gaslighting Recovery Workbook: Healing from Emotional Abuse by Amy Marlow-MaCoy LPC [Amazon | Bookshop]

The Gaslighting Recovery Workbook is a uniquely interactive method of rebuilding your self-esteem and allowing yourself to heal from an abusive relationship. Through a process of explanation, advice, positive affirmations, daily logs, visualizations, and a journal-style workbook approach, you’ll understand gaslighting, the stages of recovery, and how to heal and move forward. It contains the most effective, evidence-based strategies for conquering gaslighting at work, with friends and family, and partners.

Healing from Hidden Abuse: A Journey Through the Stages of Recovery from Psychological Abuse by Shannon Thomas LCSW [Amazon | Bookshop]

Healing from Hidden Abuse walks the reader through each of the six recovery stages researched and developed by the author. The stages are: Despair, Education, Awakening, Boundaries, Restoration and Maintenance. A guided Personal Reflections journal is included in the back of the book to help the reader go deeper in their application of the six stages of recovery. The journal can be used individually or in a small group setting.

Trauma

The Body Keeps Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma Workbook [ Amazon | Bookshop]

This workbook is designed to help people of different ages, genders, races, culture and boundaries to see the world in a different light that is free from trauma. The approaches in this workbook are meant to help every individual recover, rebound and live their lives meaningfully and happily. To get the best out of Dr. Van der Kolks book, and benefit immensely from his awesome ideas and methods, attempt to answer the questions in this book sincerely, and carry out the exercises. Before answering the questions, it is advised that you make more than one copy of this workbook. Re-attempt to answer these questions after two or three months and you’ll notice that there are improvements in the way your mind works.

Complex PTSD: From Surviving to Thriving by Pete Walker [Amazon | Bookshop]

The causes of Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder range from severe neglect to monstrous abuse. Many survivors grew up in houses that were not homes-in families that were as loveless as orphanages and sometimes as dangerous. If you felt unwanted, unliked, rejected, hated, and/or despised for a lengthy portion of your childhood, trauma may be deeply engrained in your mind, soul, and body. This book is a practical guide to recovering from lingering childhood trauma. It is copiously illustrated with examples of the author’s and his clients’ journeys of recovering. It is a comprehensive self-help guide for working through the toxic legacy of the past and for achieving a rich and fulfilling life.

The Complex PTSD Workbook: A Mind-Body Approach to Regaining Emotional Control and Becoming Whole by Arielle Schwartz [Amazon | Bookshop]

In The Complex PTSD Workbook, you’ll learn all about C-PTSD and gain valuable insight into the types of symptoms associated with unresolved childhood trauma. Take healing into your own hands while applying strategies to help integrate positive beliefs and behaviors. Discover your path to recovery with: Examples and exercises – Uncover your own instances of trauma with PTSD activities designed to teach you positive strategies; Expert guidance – Explore common PTSD diagnoses and common methods of PTSD therapy including somatic therapy, CBT, and mind-body perspectives; and Prompts and reflections – Apply the strategies you’ve learned and identify PTSD symptoms with insightful writing prompts.

Mindfulness Journals

The Mindfulness Journal: Daily Practices, Writing Prompts, and Reflections for Living in the Present Moment by Barrie Davenport and S.J. Scott [Amazon | Unavailable on Bookshop]

Mindfulness is about being aware and attentive to the present moment. It sounds easy, but it takes some practice to make mindfulness your go-to way of living. With “The Mindfulness Journal,” you will have simple activities to practice each day, and then you will write about your experiences with mindfulness, which reinforces your efforts. This journal provides a total of 365 daily writing prompts divided into 52 weekly mindfulness topics. This arrangement gives you seven days to immerse yourself in each topic. It is designed to awaken you to mindfulness in various natural moments throughout your day, as well as with some activities that may be new for you.

Start Where You Are: A Journal for Self Exploration by Meera Lee Patel [Amazon | Bookshop]

Start Where You Are is an interactive journal designed to help readers nurture their creativity, mindfulness, and self-motivation. It helps readers navigate the confusion and chaos of daily life with a simple reminder: that by taking the time to know ourselves and what those dreams are, we can appreciate the world around us and achieve our dreams. Meera Lee Patel’s uplifting book presents supportive prompts and exercises along with inspirational quotes to encourage reflection through writing, drawing, chart-making, and more.

Present, Not Perfect: A Journal for Slowing Down, Letting Go, and Loving Who You Are by Aimee Chase [Amazon | Bookshop]

Most women today are frantic, lost in an endless cycle of busyness caused by constant pressure to perform up to unrealistic expectations of perfection, many of which are self-imposed. This journal cuts to the heart of the problem by showing women how to reconnect with their inner selves through solitude, introspection, and contemplation of what’s truly important to them as individuals and family members. Give yourself permission to be Present, Not Perfect.

52 Lists for Happiness by Moorea Seal [Amazon | Bookshop]

52 Lists for Happiness is the follow-up journal to the best selling The 52 Lists Project. Drawing on Moorea’s happiness research and her own personal philosophy, her latest journal focuses on cultivating a happy and fulfilling life through the power of lists. Through weekly practice and simple list making tools, you will delve deeper into your own understanding of what happiness truly means to you as you explore how to live a happier life everyday.

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