A Clinician's Journey from Complex Trauma to Thriving

Reflections on Abuse, C-PTSD and Reclamation

Non-Fiction - Anthology
197 Pages
Reviewed on 09/05/2017
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Author Biography

Rev. Sheri Heller, LCSW is a seasoned NYC psychotherapist and interfaith minister in private practice specializing in accessing and mobilizing one's innate creative resources seeking expression, so as to effectively treat complex PTSD, addictive disorders, and to support thriving through life-affirming exploration. Sheri is also a free-lance writer, a playwright and the creator of a therapeutic theater event for at-risk women and girls in the public sector of NYC. Sheri's journey of recovery was told through an animated film short by OC87 Recovery Diaries and aired on PBS. For more information visit sheritherapist.com

    Book Review

Reviewed by Joel R. Dennstedt for Readers' Favorite

An important thing to know when entering LCSW, Rev. Sheri Heller’s comprehensive and analytically deep book, A Clinician’s Journey from Complex Trauma to Thriving, is that this is not a self-help book; it does not prescribe a process for healing complex trauma, except to emphasize the necessity for professional, skillful, and compassionate clinical therapy. With that understood, this truly insightful and informative book – a collection of individual articles addressing specific forms of complex trauma and its consequences – does much more than just describe the often-debilitating symptoms presenting from a wide variety of personal and social traumas. A testament to the richness of the information is the degree to which the reader is drawn into and held fascinated by the altered psychological realities presented here – the individual causes of which are due to some form of personalized, traumatic history.

About one-third of the way into A Clinician’s Journey from Complex Trauma to Thriving, the reader, still fascinated but left hungry from all the highly informative yet appropriately emotionless discussion, finds LCSW, Rev. Sheri Heller providing a chapter (article) entitled An Orphan’s Memorial to her Dying Mother. After wandering through a complex but arid desert peopled sparsely with floundering, symptomatic victims, a tidal wave of emotion now engulfs and overwhelms the thirsty reader. The point of this wonderfully emotional chapter becomes ultimately that of the book itself (beyond creating a symposium for other therapists): to provide the necessary knowledge and a chance for self-recognition such that the unduly suffering soul might then consider the journey from complex trauma to thriving to be an identifiable, doable aspiration.