Trauma Recovery: Sessions With Dr. Matt is exactly what any person affected by PTSD (the victim and/or family member) needs.
This book is a starting place for hurting people who are seeking healing, either on their own or in partnership with a therapist or other helping person. Dr. Matt E. Jaremko maximizes readers’ understanding of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) by explaining its origins in easy-to-understand language and offering insight into the process of reclaiming a life from trauma. Beth Fehlbaum shares her insight from the perspective of a person who experienced trauma, was once scared to death about going into therapy, and is now recovered.
Most powerfully, Dr. Jaremko and Beth Fehlbaum created characters: a psychologist, Scott “Dr. Matt” Matthews, and his ongoing therapy group, to illustrate how recovery can and does happen. The situations these characters survive; their struggles and triumphs of reclaiming their lives, and their potential for thriving are all realistic. We reassure people who are terrified of trying therapy by providing them with a “fly on the wall” perspective of observing the recovery process.
For example, there is a scene in Chapter 2 in which Felicia, a 34-year-old survivor of sexual assault, is reluctant to enter Dr. Matt’s office for her first group therapy session. The reader gets to experience exactly what Felicia feels as she is sitting on the swing on the wrap-around porch of Dr. Matt’s 19th century Victorian home that has been converted into a therapy office. Further, the fictional Dr. Matt displays the actual verbal and non-verbal responses that a real-life therapist with 30 years of experience has had shaped to help reluctant clients face the terrifying tasks of treatment. Trauma Recovery: Sessions with Dr. Matt is full of moving and elucidating scenes like it, and all the while, the science behind these scenes is explained in easy-to-understand language and concepts.
The moving and sometimes gut-wrenching scenes depicted in this book will have the reader cheering for the struggling patients while at the same time coming to several “A-ha!” moments when their struggles are explained in psychologically sound concepts and processes.