Reclaim: Understanding Complex Trauma and Those Who Abuse

Scribe. Aug. 2023. 256p. ISBN 9781957363417. pap. $18. PSYCH
Psychologist Guha describes her work with both victims and perpetrators of relational trauma. Readers will gain an understanding of the varieties of trauma such as bullying, coercion, assault, and rape. The author is from Australia, so there’s an emphasis on Australian cases and laws, which may not resonate with some readers in the U.S. The book details how relational traumas affect all aspects of victims’ lives and identifies typical defenses employed to cope with the psychological damage it leaves behind. An overview of the healing process and brief descriptions of common therapies used for treatments explain how people can reclaim their lives. Readers will also learn what qualities are desirable in a therapist. This book informs readers that many perpetrators have endured their own traumatic experiences as well. Guha argues that governments and organizations must do more to stop the cycle of abuse, such as providing therapy for survivors and perpetrators and support for therapists.
VERDICT Readers will find value in this book’s gentle and supportive tone. Libraries seeking to develop comprehensive collections on the topic will appreciate this title, but it’s a marginal purchase for those with limited budgets.
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