Books & Publications


These are great resources that can be used along side of professional therapy or on your personal road to recovery.  If you are aware of great resources please email  so they can be added to our suggested publications list.

I Can't Get Over It
by Aphrodite Matsakis, Ph. D.
The Courage to Heal
by Ellen Bass & Laura Davis

I Can’t Get Over It directly addresses survivors of trauma. It explains the nature of PTSD and describes the healing process. This book will help you:

  • Find out whether you have PTSD

  • Cope with post-traumatic anger, grief, and survivor guilt

  • Recognize related problems such as depression, substance abuse , compulsive behavior and low self-esteem

  • Identify “triggers” that set off flashbacks, anxiety attacks, and other symptoms

  • Relieve wounding caused by others’ blaming and insensitivity

  • Gain a sense of empowerment and hope for the future

The Courage to Heal is an inspiring, comprehensive guide that offers hope and a map of the healing journey to every woman who was sexually abused as a child—and to those who care about her. Although the effects of child sexual abuse are long-term and severe, healing is possible.  Weaving together personal experience with professional knowledge, the authors provide clear explanations, practical suggestions, and support throughout the healing process.

Based on scientific research, this groundbreaking study from the frontiers of psychology and medicine offers startling new insight into the healing powers and medical benefits of forgiveness. Through vivid examples (including his work with victims from both sides of Northern Ireland’s civil war), Dr. Fred Luskin offers a proven nine-step forgiveness method that makes it possible to move beyond being a victim to a life of improved health and contentment.

Forgive for Good
by Dr. Fred Luskin

In this groundbreaking companion to The Courage to Heal, Laura Davis offers an inspiring, in-depth workbook that speaks to all women and men healing from the effects of child sexual abuse. The combination of checklists, writing and art Projects, open-ended questions and activities expertly guides the survivor through the healing process.

The Courage to Heal Workbook
By Laura Davis
Trust After Trauma
by Aphodite Matsakis, Ph.D
The Sexual Healing Journey: A Guide for Survivors of Sexual Abuse, 3rd Edition
by Wendy Maltz

Trauma survivors are often dismayed to find that traumatic events not only shatter their internal sense of well-being, but also leave them withdrawn or isolated. In this new book, psychologist Aphrodite Matsakis guides survivors through a process of strengthening existing bonds, building new ones, and ending self-perpetuating cycles of withdrawal and isolation. Step-by-step exercises help you learn how to manage emotions, handle unresolved issues, accept realistic limitations, and find ways to make your relationships a context for healing.

Originally published two decades ago, The Sexual Healing Journey is a highly respected resource for understanding and healing the intimate sexual problems caused by sex abuse. In this third edition, renowned author, psychotherapist, and certified sex therapist, Wendy Maltz, keeps this classic recovery book fresh with a new preface, revised materials, and an updated, expanded resource section. Compassionate and enduring, this guide presents a comprehensive program for healing that combines expert clinical advice with innovative exercises, steadfast techniques, and deeply moving stories of individuals who have overcome the challenges of sexual abuse to reclaim sex as safe, loving and enjoyable.

We want to know what resources have helped you. If there are any publications, books or workbooks that has assisted you in understanding your trauma and taking control back of your lives, feel free to share them. You can do so by emailing to get these resources added to this list.


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