Sexual Trauma | Recovery and Self Help

Many women and men struggle with the aftereffects of sexual trauma. Childhood sexual abuse, sexual harassment, and rape leave emotional and relational scars. These books have helped many to recover, and to develop a newfound sense of freedom and confidence in their sexual relationships.

Recommended Sexual Self Help Books on Recovery from Sexual Trauma

Coming Home to PassionComing Home to Passion: Restoring Loving Sexuality in Couples with Histories of Childhood Trauma and Neglect

Coming Home to Passion is an invaluable tool for couples searching for a roadmap out of the familiar but lonely patterns afflicting many pairings of adult children of trauma with adult children of neglect. Drawing on two decades of work as a psychotherapist in the field of trauma, the author stands out as a sharp and careful observer of the heartbreaking relationship patterns of such long-suffering couples. Ms. Cohn's confident humanity and clarity offer an unblinking beacon of hope. 2011, Praeger

the Courage to HealThe Courage to Heal

This self help book is a classic resource for women who were sexually abused as children. Clearly written and filled with writing exercises and self-assessments, it is a reliable guide to the healing process from childhood sexual abuse. Many survivors' stories are woven into the text. 2008, Harper Paperbacks, 20th Anniversary Edition

The Courage to Heal WorkbookThe Courage to Heal Workbook: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse

This is an inspiring self help book for all women healing from the effects of child sexual abuse. It is in a workbook format, and includes checklists, writing and art projects, open-ended questions and activities which serve to guide the survivor through the healing process. 1990, Perennial Currents

Healing Sex: A Mind-Body Approach to Healing Sexual Trauma by Staci HainesHealing Sex: A Mind-Body Approach to Healing Sexual Trauma

The first encouraging, sex-positive guide for all women survivors of sexual assault -- heterosexual, bisexual, lesbian, coupled, and single -- who want to reclaim their sex lives. While most books on the topic broach sexuality only to reassure women that it is all right to say "no" to unwanted sex, Healing Sex encourages women to learn how to say "yes" -- to their own desires and on their own terms. This mind-body approach to healing from sexual trauma was created by Staci Haines, who has been educating in the area of sexual abuse, sex education, and somatic healing for over 15 years. Her techniques are ideal for anyone looking for a new way to heal from trauma, beyond traditional talk therapy. 2007, Cleis Press

Overcoming Trauma through YogaOvercoming Trauma through Yoga: Reclaiming Your Body

In order to fully heal from trauma -- whether from abuse, accident, or war -- a connection must be made with oneself, including one's body. The trauma-sensitive yoga described in this book moves beyond traditional talk therapies that focus on the mind, by bringing the body actively into the healing process. This allows trauma survivors to cultivate a more positive relationship to their body through gentle breath, mindfulness, and movement practices. Overcoming Trauma through Yoga is a book for survivors, clinicians, and yoga instructors who are interested in mind/body healing. It introduces trauma-sensitive yoga, a modified approach to yoga developed in collaboration between yoga teachers and clinicians at the Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute. 2011, North Atlantic Books

The Sexual Healing Journey: A Guide for Survivors of Sexual Abuse by Wendy MaltzThe Sexual Healing Journey: A Guide for Survivors of Sexual Abuse

Maltz offers this how-to, personal therapy book written in the form of a detailed case study. She gives specifics on what constitutes abuse and shatters the myths surrounding double standards (e.g., actor Don Johnson being seduced by a female babysitter when he was 12 constitutes abuse, yet this "older woman on younger boy" style of abuse is sometimes written off). In addition to identifying the many types of abuse, Maltz demonstrates how abuse may get buried in a victim's unconscious mind and subsequently cause sexual dysfunction. She carefully deconstructs the common negative sexuality that often acts as a defense mechanism, and shows how to replace it with a healthy, positive approach to sex. 2001, Harper Paperbacks, Revised Edition

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