Traumatic life experiences can be devastating and they inevitably shape who you are. Such events can also become a powerful force that awakens you to an undercurrent of your own aliveness. Trauma recovery involves learning to trust in your capacity for new growth. In order to grow, we must make use of our suffering in order to find our happiness.
Within these pages, you will find an invitation to see yourself as the hero or heroine of your own life journey. A hero’s journey involves walking into the darkness on a quest for wholeness. This interactive format calls for journaling and self-reflection, with practices that guide you beyond the pain of your past and help you discover a sense of meaning and purpose in your life. Successful navigation of a hero’s journey provides opportunities to discover that you are more powerful than you had previously realized.
Written by Dr. Arielle Schwartz, bestselling author of The Complex PTSD Workbook, this healing guide provides a step-by-step approach to trauma recovery that integrates:
Arielle Schwartz, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist, Certified Complex Trauma Professional (CCTP-II) and EMDR consultant with a private practice in Boulder, Colorado. She is the co-author of EMDR Therapy and Somatic Psychology: Interventions to Enhance Embodiment in Trauma Treatment (Schwartz & Malberger, 2018, W.W. Norton) and the author of The Complex PTSD Workbook: A Mind-Body Approach to Regaining Emotional Control and Becoming Whole (Schwartz 2016, Althea Press).
Dr. Schwartz is an international presenter on EMDR therapy, somatic psychology, complex PTSD, attachment trauma, and the psychological treatment of chronic pain. She is a certified Kripalu yoga instructor offering therapeutic yoga for trauma recovery. Her integrative approach to therapy includes the synthesis of somatic psychology, EMDR therapy, structural integration theory, existential therapy, and Gestalt – all with a strong relational foundation of care.
Financial: Arielle Schwartz is in private practice. She is an author for W.W. Norton and receives royalties. Dr. Schwartz receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Arielle Schwartz is a member of American Psychological Association (APA); EMDR International Association (EMDRIA); and Colorado Association of Psychotherapists (CAP).
“Dr. Arielle Schwartz goes far beyond most practitioners and serves individuals who have experienced trauma in tremendous and impactful ways. Over the past few years, as a practitioner, I have absorbed, participated in and benefited from her expertise in post traumatic growth and resilience. From her body of work, The “Post Traumatic Growth Guidebook “ effortlessly flows. Arielle gently and compassionately carries the reader through effective and life changing tools to heal trauma. I highly recommend this book to practitioners and individuals who have experienced trauma.”
- Sharon Land, Somatic Therapy Coach, Post Traumatic Resilience Coach, BWRT Therapist
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