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Breaking Free Workbook

Practical help for survivors of child sexual abuse

Kay Toon Kay Toon



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Sheldon Press
13 October 2020
As a survivor of sexual abuse in childhood, you may find that its effects continue to haunt you - bringing guilt and shame, perhaps depression and anxiety, eating disorders, troubled relationships and sexual difficulties. But although you can't alter the past, you can change the present and the future.

Breaking Free, by Kay Toon and Carolyn Ainscough, draws on their nationally recognized and pioneering work as clinical psychologists giving a voice to the Survivors of child sexual abuse. It uses their courage and experiences to help other survivors face their past and take steps towards a better future.

This new edition of the accompanying workbook now refers to types of abuse that have come to light more recently, such as street exploitation, and abuse by celebrities, politicians and football coaches, as well as the use of digital technology to groom children and young people. Practical exercises work step-by-step on the problems that result from being sexually abused as a child. They are designed to present survivors with different ways to think about the past, and to arm you with new strategies to move on from the problems that disrupt the present, and look forward to the future.

Exercises like these can be very beneficial, but they can also be painful. They can bring up strong feelings, so at every stage your safety and well-being are the first concern, and the book includes essential coping strategies for getting the level of support you need.

This practical book will be enormously useful for survivors of sexual abuse, and may also help those who have been abused emotionally or physically. Therapists will also find it a useful resource to use with clients, and both this book and Breaking Free are regularly recommended by professionals in the NHS and also in the media.
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Imprint:   Sheldon Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 232mm,  Width: 154mm,  Spine: 28mm
Weight:   371g
ISBN:   9781529381030
ISBN 10:   1529381037
Pages:   304
Publication Date:  
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  General/trade ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Kay Toon recently retired as a clinical psychologist. The late Carolyn Ainscough (d. 2000) was also a clinical psychologist.

Reviews for Breaking Free Workbook: Practical help for survivors of child sexual abuse

'This book will be enormously helpful to those who have endured sexual abuse.' * Nursing Times on 'Breaking Free' * 'The way the book instils hope is inspiring' * Journal of Social Work Practice on 'Breaking Free' * 'The voice of the cowed, betrayed and helpless sexually abused child speaks powerfully throughout this book.' * British Journal of Psychiatry, on 'Breaking Free' *

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