1st Edition

Letting Go of Self-Destructive Behaviors
A Workbook of Hope and Healing

ISBN 9781138800779
Published September 16, 2014 by Routledge
274 Pages

USD $44.95

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Book Description

Letting Go of Self-Destructive Behaviors offers inspiring, hopeful, creative resources for the millions of male and female adolescents and adults who struggle with eating disorders, addictions, any form of self-mutilation. It is also a workbook for the clinicians who treat them. Using journaling exercises, drawing and collaging prompts, guided imagery, visualizations, and other behavioral techniques, readers will learn how to understand, compassionately work with, and heal from their behaviors rather than distracting from or fighting against them, which can dramatically reduce internal conflict and instill genuine hope. Techniques are provided in easy-to-follow exercises that focus on calming the body, containing overwhelming emotions, managing negative and distorted thoughts, re-grounding from flashbacks, addressing tension and anxiety, decreasing a sense of vulnerability, strengthening assertiveness and communication skills, and accessing inner wisdom.

This workbook can be used in conjunction with Treating Self-Destructive Behaviors in Trauma Survivors, 2nd ed, also by Lisa Ferentz, to allow therapists and their clients to approach the behaviors from the same strengths-based perspective. Workbook exercises can be completed as homework assignments or as part of a therapy session. In either case, the client is given the opportunity to process their work and share their insights with a compassionate witness and trained professional, making the healing journey even safer and more rewarding.

Table of Contents

Foreword Margaret Grimes  I. Tapping into Your Curiosity and Courage  1. Beginning the Journey  2. You Are Not in This Alone  3. The Top 10 Reasons Why a Therapist Can Help  4. Is This Workbook Really Right for Me?  II. Connecting Self-Destructive Behaviors to Past and Present Experiences  5. It’s Not Easy Being a Teenager or an Adult!   6. How Trauma Can Lead to Self-Destructive Behaviors  7. Moving Away from the Diagnosis of "I’m Crazy": The Strengths-Based Approach  8. Connecting to Others and Managing Your Emotions  9. What Self-Destructive Behaviors REALLY Mean  III. Why "Letting Go: Is Hard to Do: The Cycle of Self-Harm  10. Learning about the "Cycle" of Self-Destructive Behaviors  11. What Sets the Cycle in Motion?  12. Understanding Negative Thoughts and Feelings  13. Experiencing Tension and Anxiety   14. What Happens When You "Zone Out" and Don't Feel Pain  15. Engaging in Acts of Self-Harm  16. Why it Works in the Short-Term  17. Why it Doesn't Work in the Long-Term  18. How Feeling Bad Leads to More Pain  IV. Working With and Moving Beyond Self-Destructive Behaviors  19. Working with the Cycle of Self-Destructive Behaviors  20. Treating the Triggers  21. Dealing with Negative Thoughts  22. Managing Negative Feelings  23. Addressing Tension and Anxiety  24. Learning to Stay Present  25. Using CARESS  26. Honoring the Positive Outcomes  27. Finding the Courage to Say This Isn't Working  28. Being Compassionate When You Are Feeling Vulnerable  29. On Your Road to Recovery  Glossary  Index

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Lisa Ferentz, LCSW-C, is the president and founder of the Institute for Advanced Psychotherapy Training and Education, which provides continuing education to mental health professionals. She was named "Social Worker of the Year" by the Maryland Society for Clinical Social Work in 2009 and has been in solo private practice specializing in trauma for 30 years.

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