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, CCTP-II, E-RYT, is a clinical psychologist, internationally sought-out teacher, therapeutic yoga instructor, and leading voice in the healing of PTSD and complex trauma. She is the author of five books based upon her integrative, mind-body approach to trauma recovery: The Complex PTSD Workbook; The Post Traumatic Growth Guidebook; A Practical Guide to Complex PTSD; EMDR Therapy and Somatic Psychology; and The Complex PTSD Treatment Manual. Her unique blend of spirituality and science can be found in her writings, guided trauma recovery programs, and applied polyvagal theory in yoga for trauma recovery.
Dr. Schwartz is an accomplished teacher who guides therapist in the application of EMDR, somatic psychology, parts work therapy, and mindfulness-based interventions for the treatment of trauma and complex trauma. She is a longtime meditation and yoga practitioner with a passion, kindness compassion, joy and a succinct way of speaking about very complex topics. She is a longtime meditation and yoga practitioner with a passion for the outdoors; all of which she incorporates into her work as founder of the Center for Resilience Informed Therapy in Boulder, Colorado where she maintains a private practice providing psychotherapy, supervision, and consultation. Dr. Schwartz believes that the journey of trauma recovery is an awakening of the spiritual heart. Discover more at drarielleschwartz.com.
Financial: Dr. Arielle Schwartz maintains a private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from The Maiberger Institute, AGATE Institute, PESI, Inc., Sounds True, and NScience. She receives royalties as a published author. Dr. Schwartz receives recording and book royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Arielle Schwartz serves on the board of directors for the Grief Support Network in Boulder, Colorado, and she is a yoga instructor at the City of Boulder Recreation Center. Dr. Schwartz is a member of The American Psychological Association (APA), EMDRIA, and the Colorado Association of Psychotherapists.
“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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