If you follow other blogs or groups online eventually you will come across someone recommending Pete Walker or one of his books. Someone asked me if I read his books when I was in counseling….no. He hadn’t written them yet. When I started my therapy, Complex PTSD wasn’t on the horizon yet. My counselor reluctantly gave me a diagnosis when my work demanded a name for my pain. My therapist felt concerned I would feel locked into the diagnosis and not see that I could improve my life. A diagnosis can be used to stay comfortably uncomfortable. More than one person I read said they couldn’t do this or that because of their diagnosis. I am wandering off subject back to Pete Walker. He gave the information that simply wasn’t available. I read several of his articles and posted them here sometimes. Recently it was brought to my attention he has his own web site. I will state here and now I do not agree with everything he says. But he probably doesn’t agree with everything I say either. What he does do is open up different possibilities and ways to recognize abuse. This was important to me because when a person is raised in abuse you don’t recognize that the behavior is abuse. He taught me about the 4 F’s of trauma response. I believe that part of my purpose is to share useful information. Here you go, http://pete-walker.com/index.htm I believe that he is one of the helpful people. I did buy his book ComplexPTSD: From surviving to thriving, but haven’t taken the time to finish it, yet. I do recommend exploring his site.
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