The Art of Healing from Sexual Trauma: Tending Body and Soul through Creativity, Nature, and Intuition
*2017 IPPY Award Winner *Midwest Book Award Finalist Much remains hidden as survivors of sexual trauma do the hard work of healing. Naomi Ardea courageously offers a rare, in-depth view into the inner world of a victim finding her way to regain peace and wholeness. The Art of Healing from Sexual Trauma holds Ardea's soulful paintings, soothing photographs, and authentic, compassionate words. Within this memoir of healing moments, Ardea weaves insightful reflections on common trauma healing patterns as well as a practical, nurturing self-care guide for other survivors. Survivors will find comfort, understanding, and inspiration as they create their own healing path: -Tools for befriending body and soul through creative expression and body-oriented therapies -Book layout that is sensitive to survivors with PTSD -A view of what triggers, dissociation, and violated boundaries look like within one survivor's life and body -Ideas for bringing simple, low-cost self-care into more moments of the day -Ways to cultivate inner awareness and intuition as essential healing allies -Open journaling spaces to strengthen the reader's inner voice -Tips for choosing conventional and alternative therapies that are trauma-informed -Visual medicine that offers reflections of the pain and hope of a survivor's journey Not just for survivors, The Art of Healing from Sexual Trauma benefits and informs loved ones, therapists, and others.