Books for Trauma Survivors and Therapists

  Healing from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is possible.  PTSD can leave one trying to survive in what feels like the valley of the shadow of death - but no one should have to live there indefinitely. 

For many years I searched for an easy-to-read book for my clients, who were in the throes of PTSD.   I wanted something that would help them make sense of what they were going through - to reduce their fear and confusion - and provide coping tools that they could use immediately to reduce their distress.  When I couldn't find what I was looking for, I wrote Surviving the Valley:  Trauma and Beyond.

Over the years, I have been privileged to learn so much from my clinical work, other therapists, and most especially my clients about what works and doesn't work in doing trauma work.  I have since written Treating PTSD:  A Compassion-Focused CBT Approach as both a stand-alone, practical, evidence-based treatment guide for therapists, and also as a companion to Surviving the Valley.


Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can be a confusing and debilitating injury - not only for those who are struggling with it themselves, but also for those around them. This easy-to-read book explains how trauma can affect the mind and body and provides practical evidence-based coping strategies to help to manage distress. The metaphor of the valley of the shadow of death is used to explain the experience of PTSD and the stages of healing. This book was written to be applicable to diverse traumatic experiences - as trauma affects people in many of the same ways regardless of the type of trauma. An informative, easy-to-understand survival and healing guide for survivors of trauma, their loved ones, and the professionals who support them.

Available through Amazon, Indigo, Barnes & Noble, Caversham Books, Mandala Bookshop, and Fanshawe College Bookstore.


Treating PTSD presents a comprehensive, compassion-focused cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) approach that provides therapists with the evidence-based information they to need understand trauma’s effects on the mind and body as well as the phases of healing. Chapters offer discussion, practical tools, and interventions that therapists can use with clients suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to reduce feelings of distress and increase their sense of safety. Readers are introduced to the metaphor of ‘the valley of the shadow of death’ to explain the experience of PTSD; they’re also shown how to identify the work they’ll need to do as therapists to accompany clients on their healing journey. Two new compassion-focused CBT interventions for trauma processing are also introduced. 

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