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Overcoming Trauma and PTSD

Overcoming Trauma and PTSD
A Workbook Integrating Skills from ACT, DBT, and CBT




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About the Book

If you've experienced a traumatic event, you may feel a wide range of emotions, such as anxiety, anger, fear, and depression. The truth is that there is no right or wrong way to react to trauma; but there are ways that you can heal from your experience, and uncover your own capacity for resilience, growth, and recovery.

Overcoming Trauma and PTSD offers proven-effective treatments based in acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to help you overcome both the physical and emotional symptoms of trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This book will help you find relief from painful flashbacks, insomnia, or other symptoms you might be experiencing. Also included are worksheets, checklists, and exercises to help you start feeling better and begin your journey on the road to recovery.

This book will help you manage your anxiety and stop avoiding certain situations, cope with painful memories and nightmares, and determine if you need to see a therapist. Perhaps most importantly, it will help you to develop a support system so that you can you heal and move forward.


Sheela Raja (Author)
Sheela Raja, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist, author of Overcoming Trauma and PTSD, and coauthor of The Sexual Trauma Workbook for Teen Girls. Raja is an associate professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she researches the... Read more

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Susan M. Orsillo (Foreword by)
Susan M. Orsillo, PhD, is professor of psychology at Suffolk University in Boston, and lives in the Boston area with her husband and two children. Orsillo has written and published extensively about mindfulness, anxiety, and... Read more

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“Relying upon the growing body of evidence-based psychological treatments for PTSD, psychologist Sheela Raja assembles a treasure trove of useful exercises and skills for people committed to recovery. This workbook is an invaluable tool to accompany psychotherapy and will prove to be an outstanding complement to existing self-help manuals. Utilizing an integrated framework for promoting behavioral health, Raja's clinical skill and expertise resounds throughout the text. This is an important reference for patients and clinicians alike.”

-Terence M. Keane, PhD, director of National Center for PTSD in Boston, professor and assistant dean for research at Boston University School of Medicine

“Sheela Raja has produced an excellent resource for the many individuals suffering from emotional consequences of trauma that do not have access to, cannot afford, or prefer not to utilize traditional mental health services. Her book is long overdue in self-help literature. It is grounded in, and supported by, the best available research related to trauma treatment approaches. Readers can rest comfortably knowing that this is the relatively rare book written for trauma survivors that includes techniques proven to be invaluably helpful for countless others suffering from similar difficulties. They can be assured that exercises recommended in this book are bolstered by cutting-edge scientific research. Overcoming Trauma and PTSD is truly an invaluable resource-one that I will use often and recommend highly.”

-Matt J. Gray, PhD, director of clinical training and professor of psychology at the University of Wyoming

“Sheela Raja has written an accessible, clear, and compassionate book that successfully integrates important evidence-based techniques for the treatment of PTSD. She does an excellent job explaining techniques so that people can use them on their own, while also providing important guidance about when (and how) to seek professional help.”

-Holly K. Orcutt, PhD, professor of psychology at Northern Illinois University

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In chapter one, Ms Raja states "Between 10 and 20 percent of men and 2 to 10 per cent of women in the United States have been exposed to combat, whether as soldiers or civilians" This is totally inaccurate. With a population of approximately 310 million, this would mean between 15.5 million and 31 million men and between 3.1 and 15.5 million women had seen combat. Together this means between 18.6 and 46.5 million Americans have seen combat. According to the VA there are only 22 million veterans in all of the US today and estimates are that only about 10% ever saw combat. Currently women make up only 18% of the military and the percentage of women seeing combat is much lower than men because historical restrictions on women in combat roles. A more accurate statement would be that about 1.5% of men and .01 % of women in the United States have seen combat. I hope this early gross error is not an indication of what I will find in the remainder of Raja's book.