Below is a list of resources for trauma survivors, as well as for the general public, especially for anyone who has a desire to become informed about organized abuse, which is occurring in many places in our world.
Some of the resources I describe are resources that I have used in my healing and recovery process. Some of them require purchasing. I know that many survivors do not necessarily have the financial resources that they need and deserve, so I hope that you will find something below that can serve you and that can be made available to you.
Thank you for considering these resources. If you would like to suggest any additional resources to share here, please feel free to do so by contacting me.
Resources for Extreme Abuse
Becoming Yourself, by Alison Miller
This is a book written for survivors of trauma-based mind control, and extreme abuse. This book is written with sensitivity to the reader, and is mindful of survivors’ triggers and programming. The author covers a wide range of topics, including working with trauma memories, as well as spiritual abuse.
From the Trenches, by Wendy Hoffman and Alison Miller
This is a book of essays written by trauma-based mind control survivor Wendy Hoffman, and her therapist Alison Miller. The subject matter covered is generally more intense than in the book Becoming Yourself, but this can be very helpful for deeper layers of recovery work.
Understanding Trauma and Dissociation, by Lynn Mary Karjala
This book features a recovery tool called “The Quintessential Safe Place,” which allows a survivor to install a Safe Place for all parts of self, in their internal world. For mind control survivors, the Safe Place can be an essential tool for deprogramming. (This book is also listed under Resources for Dissociation and DID.)
Ellen Lacter – Website
This is the website of Ellen Lacter, a psychologist who has worked extensively with survivors of mind control and extreme abuse. The site contains resources, references, and articles, including articles about indicators of abuse. Ellen Lacter has also created a Coloring Book of Healing Images, for adult survivors.
Safe Passage to Healing, by Chrystine Oksana
This book is written for survivors of extreme abuse, and it takes a gentle and gradual approach in describing the nature of abuse, the effects on survivors, and the process of healing and working with memories. The author writes with compassion, and with safety in mind for the survivor.
Survivor Poem: Reasons Not to Kill Yourself
This poem, by Mari Collings, is written for suffering survivors. It is a list of reasons to continue to live. Trigger Warning: This poem is intended to give hope to those who are suicidal. As always, please be mindful of your triggers and programming if you choose to read this poem.
Resources for Trauma
Healing from Trauma, by Jasmin Lee Cori
This is a great introductory text for healing from trauma, including complex trauma. The writing style avoids technical jargon, and each chapter contains writing exercises. This book is written by a complex trauma survivor.
Trauma and Recovery, by Judith Herman
This is the one of the most well known books about trauma and the recovery process. It is helpful for both survivors and practitioners.
Not the Price of Admission, by Laura Brown
This author discusses the dynamics under which a child who is being abused must pay high prices to simply be in relationship with others. This book describes the emotional and neurobiological causes of many difficult relationship patterns, how to trust oneself, how to assess others more accurately, and how to take care of oneself emotionally, in order to experience healthy relationships as an adult in recovery.
Man’s Search for Meaning, by Viktor Frankl
This memoir is an account of severe, prolonged suffering, with a deep reflection into how a person’s outlook shapes their experience of their suffering. This book can be helpful for anyone questioning the purpose of the suffering they have undergone.
TRE: Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises
TRE is a physical process that helps to release stress and trauma that is held in the physical body, by inducing the body’s natural ability to tremor. There are many free resources available online. This work can also be done with a practitioner.
This is a body-based therapy that helps to heal physical injuries, as well as restore balance, by utilizing the body’s natural healing ability. This work is often done with a practitioner, but some resources can be found online.
Resources for Dissociation and DID
This is a podcast hosted by a trauma survivor with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). Topics include DID, dissociation, trauma, and mental health. The podcast documents the system’s healing journey, and includes interviews with many wonderful guest speakers. This website also contains a blog.
Multiplicity and Me
This is the YouTube page of a trauma survivor who has DID. Their mission is to educate and inform others about DID, and to end the stigma of DID and mental health. Different alters in their system host different videos, and they have several short documentary features as well, including a simulation of their internal world.
Kim Noble – Artwork and Autobiography
This is the website of an extreme abuse survivor who has DID, and is a visual artist. This page hosts art created by various alternate personalities in the system. This system also has an autobiography titled All of Me. Trigger Warning: Some art pieces contain graphic depictions of abuse.
Coping with Trauma-Related Dissociation, by S. Boon, K. Steele, O. van der Hart
This is a comprehensive book about dissociation. It is descriptive of DID, OSDD, and Complex PTSD. It includes exercises, and guidance around topics of safety, emotional regulation, and trauma processing. It can also be used in therapy or in structured groups.
Understanding Trauma and Dissociation, by Lynn Mary Karjala
This book contains a thorough introduction to dissociation, and parts work, including working with inner children, and discovering various parts of self that were created through early trauma. It also discusses various dissociative disorders. (This book is also listed under Resources for Extreme Abuse.)
Internal Family Systems
This is a model of psychotherapy created by Dr. Richard Schwartz. IFS operates from the viewpoint that every mind is naturally multiple, and all inner parts contain valuable and unique qualities that can be accepted, loved, and shared with the whole of self. Parts work can be done with a practitioner, or independently. There are many resources available online, including videos.
PODS: Positive Outcomes for Dissociative Survivors
This is a website with a variety of articles and other resources about dissociation, DID, trauma, and abuse. This website also contains screening tools for dissociative disorders.
ISSTD: International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation
The ISSTD is an international, non-profit professional association intending to promote effective resources and responses to trauma and dissociation. This site can also be used to search for ISSTD therapists.
MI Healthy Mind: Dissociative Identity Disorder – An Interview
This is an interview of a person living with Dissociative Identity Disorder. She discusses her experiences of discovering that she has DID, living with this condition, working with her therapist, and her own work as a therapist.
This list is a compilation of resources that have helped me in my recovery, and it is offered in the spirit of sharing tools, and it is in no way an endorsement or suggestion. I do not own the rights to any of the resources above.
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