Terrible events are very hard to deal with and those who go through a trauma often feel permanently changed by it. Grief, numbness, anger, anxiety and shame are all very common emotional reactions to traumatic incidents such as an accident or death of a loved one, and ongoing traumatic events such as domestic abuse.
How we deal with the aftermath of trauma and our own emotional response can determine how quickly we are able to 'move on' and get back to 'normality' once more. An integral part of the recovery process is not only recognising and accepting how our lives may have been changed but also learning to deal with feelings of shame - an extremely common reaction to trauma.
'Recovering from Trauma' uses the groundbreaking Compassion Focused Therapy to help the reader to not only develop a fuller understanding of how we react to trauma, but also to deal with any feelings of shame and start to overcome any trauma-related difficulties.
Dr Deborah Lee is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Head of the Berkshire Traumatic Stress Service. She is honorary Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology at University College London. Dr Lee has worked in the field of adult trauma, as a specialist for 17 years. Her clinical interests lie in the working with adult survivors of PTSD, complex trauma and shame based memories relating to trauma experiences.
Over the past 17 years Dr Lee has given numerous invited workshops to mental health professionals on the subjects of PTSD, shame and Compassion. She has provided teaching and training in the field of traumatic stress in the U.K., Europe and North America.