“I have accessed and appreciated the trauma treatment online programs. The videos and exercises have been very helpful and powerful. For examples, the 30 day video session is excellent with videos that are short enough to complete each day and impactful enough to help you make sustained change. I completed the 30 day session twice. The positive thinking exercise was easy to understand and complete and after doing it daily for a week, it became a daily habit.”
~ S.M., grateful..
“I have found the work with WhatisPTSD to be a life saver. I have suggested to anyone I have contact with … that this is a great supplement to therapy”
~ J. Pereira, CPA, CA Canada
“Reading today about holding negative thoughts about myself, resonated with me – I grew up with a shame-based personality and when I changed the thoughts about my self-worth, I was able to leave an abusive relationship; for years after the suicide I blamed myself until I learned more about the suicidal mind and then I granted myself release. I began an in-depth education about trauma and realized I was a ‘forgotten mourner’, a child who had never learned how to grieve loss. My perceptions about my many losses has changed and subsequently my quality and direction of life. Dr. Anna, I am so grateful for your emails and what I have learned from you. Thank you!”
“When I got home years ago after my shooting, I was hard-wired with so much anxiety and fear that I felt like I was about to explode… today’s video … I did imagine a soothing and cool blue light come in and just wash away the charge… I will continue to practice this technique.”
~ S.G., retired police officer..
“Near the end of [my 30-day Trauma Recovery Program challenge], I went out onto my balcony to think about what I was writing. While standing outside, I looked over to the adjacent building where some young people were having a party and three were outside on the balcony chatting. As I was watching, I witnessed a young man lose his balance and fall 11 floors. Myself and two men were the first on scene to administer first-aid (he had a pulse) and I looked after the guy’s sister and brother until Victim Services arrived. It wasn’t until I got home from the police station that the incident and reality kicked in. I have a huge support system in place and made a call to a Traumatologist in BC that I knew.
I used all the tools I had been given in [the Trauma Recovery Program] and [started] to feel like myself again. Ten days later, when once again I went onto my balcony and made the mistake of looking down. Moments earlier, a young girl had jumped from the 11th floor, to her death. Needless to say, this was devastating to me and threw me into shock and disbelief. The next day I sought out help, face to face and once again, began the road to recovery.
I used the 30-day stabilization videos faithfully and honestly say they were a blessing. I’ve been exposed to a lot of things in life but being on the other side (the witness) was something I was unfamiliar with. Having gone through these experiences, I am very grateful for the tools I have gained through this course and the videos that helped me get through it.”
I learned about family trauma and that I am a produce of the traumas suffered by generations of my family. Once I understood this, it was as if the fog had lifted and I was able to begin the work I knew I had to do in order not to pass it along to my children … and theirs.”
~ Diana, Trauma Survivor (Domestic Violence)
The greatest strength of this workbook is that it gives power back to victims. The book is the bridge that I have been looking for, an incredibly powerful tool that allows those impacted by trauma to gain understanding and mastery over the pervasive and intrusive symptoms that are the signature of PTSD.
Through reading and completing the exercises in this educational, factual and easy to understand workbook, individuals suffering the impact of PTSD will begin to feel an integrated sense of control. This book is designed to validate and support a healing journey on the path to self –regulation. As owner of Counsellor Exchange I highly recommend this book and will be encouraging our member therapists working with trauma victims to use it. It will be part of my toolkit for sure! Thank you Anna and Teresa.
~ Trish Stenson MSW, RSW, CEC, BCETS
Owner, Counsellor Exchange, Inc.
This book is sorely needed and I know will benefit many. I will heartedly recommend it especially to my professional friends who can benefit and who can recommend it to clients.
~ Cathy Kraus, Compassion Fatigue Specialist
What Is PTSD: 3 Steps to Healing Trauma speaks to the “gentle healing” that can benefit all survivors; the exercises were especially helpful for me to begin accepting my trauma and moving forward.”
~ Dan, Trauma Survivor (Auto Accident)
Our military does so very much for our nation and the world as they serve in war zone after war zone and routinely neglect their own needs. They come to the aid of others even when they are in personal conflict and devastating circumstances themselves until sometimes it is too late even for them to survive. However, it is never too late for us to seek out help, encouragement, and professional care for those who have served us for years, and chosen to walk the path of international conflict.
They serve day in and day out, being exposed to the worst conflicts of our world and the mind numbing incidents that they are challenged with at our behest. They find themselves burying one layer after another of the worst thoughts and mental images that the human mind can conceive or be exposed to, without having the opportunity to understand the effect that action has on them or their loved ones… That is why “What Is PTSD? 3 Steps to Healing Trauma” must be read by one and all for the benefit and true understanding of our nation’s warriors and the emotional combat they face upon their return back to us- to a life we all must support with understanding compassion. Our efforts can and will hold them back from the edge of destructive behaviors, alcoholism, suicide, divorce, and so many other subsequent negative affects of their service. I would greatly encourage all who care about this open wound in their world to step up and help them as they have stepped up for us. I would without hesitation recommend “What Is PTSD? 3 Steps to Healing Trauma”, authored by Dr. Anna Baranowsky and Teresa Lauer, LMHC.
Please read this book… The world needs these healing insights, knowledge, and skills, and they deserve more than just coming home to find they are alone…
~ Robert R. Rail “Surviving the International War Zone”
What Is PTSD?” answers the question succinctly with a summary of the condition and a detailing of many therapeutic activities. The authors have drawn on their training and experiences with clients to write a book that reads like a professionally trained friend educating you about PTSD. This book does not give a dry, exhaustive academic exploration of PTSD but rather provides enough information to keep you engaged with the subject while using short stories of real clients to demonstrate the many useful points.
People working with the bereaved, especially Funeral Directors, will find the insights in “What Is PTSD?” useful both professionally and personally. As I read and learned about PTSD I was struck by similarities with what I had learned about bereavement. Many times I thought the word “bereavement” could be substituted for “trauma” making points in the book useful for understanding and working with the bereaved. For example the Polvygal Theory describing how people can numb out or shut down “like a deer in the headlights” is a situation I have witnessed in clients many times over the last 30 years as we have made funeral arrangements together. Learning about gentle social cues that can help to lift “that cloak of numbness” was a revelation both about what I currently do, and can do, to be of further assistance to my clients.
As the book is obviously written primarily for individuals who have had trauma in their lives for “self help” I strongly recommend “What Is PTSD?” as a resource in the lending library of anyone who works in mental health related fields. For Funeral Directors in particular, the book could be offered as part of a formal or informal Aftercare Program with select clients. At the same time, anyone working with the bereaved would benefit from the personal growth available through the clear and intuitive explanations and exercises for understanding and growing through a complex subject in “What Is PTSD?”
~ Richard J. Paul, B.A., B.Ed.
Licensed Funeral Director
Certified Death Educator