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Coping With Trauma: Surviving and Thriving in the Face of Overwhelming Events

Dr Yvonne Waft

“I like this book so much because it explains in understandable language what trauma actually is and gives tried and tested strategies to cope”

Dr Michael Paterson OBE
Senior EMDR Trainer, Motivational & Keynote Speaker

“This is the first time I have seen such a clear account of how an author’s trauma has then been described from the perspective of them as a psychologist, to help us understand the impact… Sharing this in the book means that the science comes to life and is relatable and easy to understand”

Dr Susan van Genderen
Director of Therapies, Black Country Healthcare NHS Trust, UK


Paperback isbn:  9781914110306
Pages: 180
Publication Date: December 12th 2023


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Table of contents

Part One

  1. What Do We Mean by “Trauma”?
  2. My Story
  3. Types of Trauma
  4. Impact of Trauma
  5. Added Complexity
  6. Trauma and the Brain
  7. Trauma and the Body

Part Two

  1. The Healing Journey
  2. Helpful vs Unhelpful Coping
  3. Resources for Healing
  4. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  5. Mindfulness
  6. Grounding/Getting Present
  7. Dealing with Thoughts
  8. Valued Living and Thriving
  9. Conclusions and Further Help

Appendices: Worksheets and Questionnaires


About the book

Trauma is everywhere, from relatively simple car accidents all the way through to childhood neglect and abuse, or devastating combat experiences.  These events have specific emotional and behavioural effects on a person.

Accessing good quality professional support with the aftereffects of trauma can be a lottery and people are often left wondering what on earth is happening to their mind.  Statutory services can be underfunded and have long waiting lists. Private services can be very costly, outside of many people’s budgets.  So where can you get good quality, evidence-based advice to help yourself?

This self-help book is the first of its kind: written by a highly experienced Clinical Psychologist, who has experienced significant trauma in her own life.  Drawing on a range of therapeutic approaches including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) among others, this book helps you to understand what is happening to you in the aftermath of trauma and how to cope with these impacts. The approaches used in this book enable you to respond differently to the painful thoughts and feelings you have, and to recognise when your natural responses may be preventing you from moving forward towards the life you want to live. You will gain an understanding of how trauma works, enabling you to respond to yourself more compassionately, and you will learn tried and tested skills to cope well, moving from mere surviving, to thriving.

About the author

Dr Yvonne Waft is a Clinical Psychologist and EMDR Consultant. Having worked in the NHS in West Yorkshire for many years, she now runs a busy online private practice. Trained in many therapeutic approaches including EMDR, ACT, CBT & CFT, Yvonne works mainly with people with complex trauma presentations and supports other professionals in their work with trauma through teaching, training and clinical supervision, and offers Expert Witness services to the legal profession.

The Association of Clinical Psychologists (ACP-UK) is the representative body for the profession of clinical psychology in the United Kingdom. ACP-UK aims to be a strong voice for clinical psychologists, and to act for the good of those who use psychological services and the general public by promoting, publicising, supporting and developing the profession of clinical psychology.

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