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Counselling Skills for Working with Trauma: Healing From Child Sexual Abuse, Sexual Violence and Domestic Abuse by Christiane Sanderson

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Christiane Sanderson’s Counselling Skills for Working with Trauma: Healing From Child Sexual Abuse, Sexual Violence and Domestic Abuse is a must-have for any mental health professional who wants to better understand how to help clients who have experienced trauma.

The book is written in an easy-to-read style that doesn’t feel like you’re reading a textbook. It’s full of practical advice, examples from real life and exercises you can use with your clients. Sanderson also includes a chapter on working with children who have experienced trauma, which will be helpful for therapists who work with this population.

Counselling Skills for Working with Trauma offers a one-stop resource for counsellors and therapists who want to learn how to help their clients heal from the effects of trauma. The book provides an overview of the different kinds of trauma, including child sexual abuse and domestic violence, and discusses how they can affect people’s lives. It then goes on to cover each stage of the counselling process, from assessment through to termination. In each chapter, Sanderson draws on her extensive experience as a practising therapist to explain how she would use the techniques described in each section.

about Counselling Skills for Working with Trauma

There are many ways to help someone who has experienced trauma. One of the most important things you can do is to be non-judgemental and make it clear that you are there for them. You can also ask questions to help them talk about their experience, if they’re ready.

Here are a few tips for working with people who have experienced trauma:

• Ask permission before touching them (unless it’s an emergency). If they say no, respect that and don’t touch them—even if it seems like a good idea at the time.

• Don’t try to fix them or tell them what to do or think about their experience. This will only make them feel worse and more alone, which is exactly what they don’t need right now!

• Listen without judgement and let them know that you believe in them and want them to get better.

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