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An essential part of the healing process is educating yourself on your trauma, experiences, and symptoms. One of the best ways to do this is by reading books by prominent trauma researchers, and by those who have endured C-PTSD. As C-PTSD research garners more attention, more books will be available to support us.

As we read more books that would be a great read, we will share them here. If you have a book recommendation you think should be on this list, please share your resource here

One thing to note in the process of educating yourself is to be gentle and compassionate towards yourself. It's okay to need to take breaks from reading "trauma focused" information. It's okay to put down a book for weeks and then pick it up when you feel ready. Do what feels right to you, listen to your body. It can get overwhelming, and THAT's OKAY! I always like to have a light book or funny show that I go to if I am getting overwhelmed or feel like I need a break.

Two Books that I truly believe should be on every Complex Traumas Book Shelf: 

Pete Walker is author we highly recommend. He has paved the way to understanding the complexities that result from complex trauma. His book, Complex PTSD: From Surviving to Thriving, should be on every person’s nightstand who suffers from CPTSD.

He Has also been so kind to offer some of his articles for our viewing on our site here

The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk is an essential read. It offers scientific

trauma research to help understand the relationship between trauma and our bodies. Kolk also offers numerous modalities to find healing.


Personally I think every person on the planet should read this book so that there is a better understanding of trauma.


Other Great Reads for You:


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Healing & C-PTSD earns a small percentage for each book ordered from through this page, at no additional cost to you.  If you are going to purchase a book regardless, please consider doing so through this page to help us cover the costs of running the community.

Click on the picture of the book cover or button underneath and it will take you to the book on which has an embedded link to our account. Thank you!

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