Diane Roberts Stoler Ed.D.

The Resilient Brain

A Pivotal Book on PTSD

Dr. Diane reviews Michele Rosenthal's new book on PTSD, "Your Life After Trauma"

Posted Mar 19, 2015

On March 16th, this new and exciting book, Your Life After Trauma, by Michele Rosenthal (Norton publishing) was introduced nationwide. This book is fantastic to use in adjunct with whatever therapy for PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) that you are currently doing.  It provides a concise, cognitive approach, providing a roadmap of a 3 step process for helping sufferers to create a post-trauma identity.

Michele Rosenthal, used with permission
Source: Michele Rosenthal, used with permission

On both my website and in previous blogs, I’ve mentioned that I’ve been a trauma therapist for over 39 years, and volunteered at Logan Airport for the United Air crew after 911 as part of the Red Cross, Disaster Relief Network. Over my 39 years, I have found the many methods to be extremely effective.

In her revolutionary book, Michele Rosenthal has incorporated some of the main building blocks of trauma work, including visual imagery, heart rate breathing, yoga, Sedona Method, meditation in conjunction with step by step cognitive reprocessing methods.

Trauma causes the cognitive process to get hijacked, resulting in the reactive brain taking over. In response to this, “Your Life After Trauma” aims to resolve the top ten most common obstacles that can get in the way of PTSD sufferers reclaiming their identity.

       Top Ten Obstacles

  1. Trying to maintain too much control
  2. Feeling overwhelmed by what you’re trying to achieve
  3. Feeling anxious and afraid
  4. Feeling stuck or stalled
  5. Being full of self-criticism, shame, and doubt
  6. Feeling like you're moving too fast (I joke with my patients that they are like a car without brakes)
  7. Lacking balance
  8. Lacking commitment
  9. Lacking self-trust
  10. Going off track

In the introduction of the book, Michele Rosenthal wrote what I believe to be the key focus of this book: “With this book you will move through a process intended to help you develop a profound sense of inner connection and integration.“  

I can say with certainty that this book does live up to it’s promise and more.  Readers will gain an understanding of how trauma affects their identity through moving, true-life stories. The book also provides insight into the science behind PTSD symptoms. I have also divulged into some of these technicalities in Chapter 23 of "Coping with Concussion and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury", along with my August 1, 2014 blog on Psychology Today.

In “Your Life after Trauma”, the importance of acknowledging the past, yet how to move on from it, is emphasized, and for good reason. It is essential to the recovery process.  One key factor that I also specifically and highly endorse is the concept of grieving the loss of self.   When discussing this blog with Michele Rosenthal, I told her that I believe that this factor is the core to recovery, which I have also emphasized in my numerous speaking engagements and is in Chapter 27 of "Coping with Concussion and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury."

"Your Life after Trauma" provides readers with a well-rounded, motivational, and concise cognitive approach that provides a road map to regaining one’s life and identity after a trauma.  What makes this book stand out is that it, in a sense, truly helps readers to create a blue print of their future selves. 

There is A Way!™

Dr. Diane

Copyright © March 2015 Diane Roberts Stoler, Ed.D.

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