The Hole In Trauma Therapy

heal ptsd with your life after trauma by michele rosenthalRecently, I received a terrific email from a survivor working hard to recover. She wanted to know if my new book, Your Life After Trauma: Powerful Practices to Reclaim Your Identity, would offer anything she didn’t already know. She wrote:

I’ve been through two years of therapy, including Psychotherapy, Se CBT, DBT, and SE. I am always looking for new resources to learn and have things to refer to that may help me.


Is this book something that will teach me something that I may not have earned in therapy, or does it go over basic trauma info?

Great question!  I love when survivors are proactive about what they do and how they invest their time and resources along the road to recovery. In case you’re wondering the same thing, here’s how I answered…


Hi, that’s a terrific question and I’m so glad you asked! I remember what it was like to be looking for support resources and making sure that I was learning new things with each one. 

I can promise you — there’s no other resource/book out there about the interplay of trauma and identity or how much resolving the negative effects of trauma on identity matters in the healing process. This is a critical yet under-supported issue.

As a matter of fact, one of the main reasons I wrote Your Life After Trauma is because therapy never prescribes a step-by-step program for how to develop The New You — that is, who you are now and who you will become after a traumatic experience and again once recovery is complete. This book fills in the hole that therapy leaves unaddressed.

With the solid foundation you’ve developed through the recovery processes you’ve already employed Your Life After Trauma would be the perfect and natural next step. In the book you will learn:

  • how trauma affects identity
  • the concept of post-trauma identity (and how it can help or hinder your healing)
  • 3-step process for creating your own unique post-trauma self
  • 10 ways to overcome obstacles in the identity and healing process

Plus, the book comes with a complementary Resource Center with downloadable audios and files to help deepen your work with each exercise. More info here:

I hope that fully answers your question. If you’d like any further clarification feel free to send another note. 

Joyfully, Michele


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