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About Pete Walker
Pete Walker, M.A., LMFT has a private practice in Berkeley, California. He has been working as a counselor, lecturer, writer and group leader for forty years, and as a trainer, supervisor and consultant of other therapists for 40 years.
Pete specializes in helping adults who were traumatized in childhood, especially those whose repeated exposure to abuse and/or neglect left them with the symptoms of Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder [CPTSD].
Pete's NEWEST BOOK, "Homesteading in the Calm Eye of the Storm: A Therapist Navigates His OWN CPTSD", is a sequel to his best-selling book "Complex PTSD", which is described below. "Homesteading" illustrates the processes of recovering with examples from the author's own recovery process. It is a memoir written in narrative, easy-to-read narrative, that is rich, poignant, funny and full of self-disclosive anecdotes that are sure to help other survivors in their recovery. Many have also said that it greatly reduced their sense of shame and gave them hope and motivation for the journey of recovering. It is written in the spirit of singer/songwriter Brandi Carlile's verse: "You can dance in a hurricane, but only if you're dancing in the eye".
Pete's FIRST BOOK, "The Tao of Fully Feeling: Harvesting Forgiveness Out of Blame", has been acclaimed by many therapists and clients as a powerful, compassionate and pragmatic tool for guiding recovery. It contains practical, in depth guidelines for safely working with the anger and tears of grieving. It also provides a great deal of effective self-reparenting advice. Alice Miller, author of "The Drama of the Gifted Child", wrote: "Pete Walker wrote a book about his own recovery from emotional numbness. The author passionately explores as thoroughly as possible the role of emotions in human life. The result is not only a moving, honest recount but also an informative guide for people who want to become more aware of their buried feelings. Walker's well explained concept of 'reparenting' will help them go through this fascinating process in a safe, protected way."
Pete's SECOND BOOK, "Complex PTSD: From Surviving to Thriving" is a comprehensive, user-friendly, self-help guide to recovering from all the the lingering effects of childhood trauma. It is an overview of the tasks of recovering, and an illumination of the silver linings that can come out of effective recovery work. It is also a map of the recovery process, and contains a great many practical tools and techniques for recovering from CPTSD. It is also richly illustrated with examples of his own and others' journeys of recovering.
"Complex PTSD: From Surviving to Thriving" is also now available in SPANISH from Amazon.com. When you go to Amazon, type in the Spanish title: "TEP COMPLEJO: De Sobrevivir a Prosperar".
"Complex PTSD..." is also available in GERMAN at Amazon, as Posttraumatische Belastungsstörungand
It will also be available in CHINESE by March, 2020, and by the end of 2020 should be available in PORTUGUESE and RUSSIAN. Further info about purchasing these options can be found at the author's website by Googling: "Pete Walker and Complex PTSD", or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Whether or not you are a childhood trauma survivor, this book is a guide to emotional health. The degree of our mental health is often reflected in the degree to which we love and respect ourselves and others in a myriad of different feeling states. Real self-esteem and real intimacy with others depends on the ability to lovingly be there for oneself and others, whether one's feeling experience is pleasant or unpleasant. Those who can only be there for themselves or another during the "good" times show no constancy, inspire little trust, and are only fair weather friends to themselves and others.
Without access to our dysphoric feelings, we are deprived of the most fundamental part of our ability to notice when something is unfair, abusive, or neglectful. Those who cannot feel their sadness often do not know when they are being unfairly excluded, and those who cannot feel their normal angry or fearful responses to abuse, are often in danger of putting up with it without protest.
Repressing our emotions creates anxiety and stress, and stress, like most of our emotions is often treated like some unwanted waste that must be removed. Until all of the emotions are accepted indiscriminately (and acceptance does not imply license to dump emotions irresponsibly or abusively), there can be no wholeness, no real sense of well being, and no solid sense of self esteem.
Thus, while it may be fairly easy to like oneself when feelings of love, happiness or serenity are present, deeper psychological health is seen only in the individual who can maintain a posture of self-compassion and self-respect in the times of emotional hurt that accompany life's inevitable losses, disappointments and unforeseen difficulties.
Finally this book explores the nature and limits of real forgiveness - identifying behaviors and people who cannot authentically be forgiven.
"Homesteading" has two parts. In Part I, I escape from my dysfunctional family and backpack around the world seeking happiness while I unconsciously flee my suffering.
In Part II, I wander into the jungles of psychological theory and technique. I shift my focus from global adventurer to inner world explorer.
The many hits and misses of my recovery efforts are detailed in this book. Eventually, I discover what works, and gradually move from struggling to survive to discovering how to thrive.
Very gradually I find meaning, belonging and fulfillment. My fear shrinks, my toxic shame melts away, and peace of mind becomes my touchstone. My psyche heals as my self-kindness, self-care, and self-protection continuously grow.
Eventually, I break the pattern of being attracted to painful relationships that mirror my experiences with my parents. This in turn frees me to find a number of truly intimate and comforting relationships.
Zu den häufigsten Traumafolgestörungen zählen emotionale Flashbacks, toxische Scham, Selbstaufgabe, soziale Ängste und andere belastende Symptome. Die wichtigsten Faktoren zu deren Überwindung sieht Walker in der Stärkung eigener Ressourcen zur Selbsthilfe und in gelingenden Beziehungen. Das können Beziehungen zu Freunden, Partnern, Lehrern, Therapeuten, Therapiegruppen oder beliebige Kombinationen daraus sein. Walker nennt das gemeinschaftliches Reparenting.
Mit seinem lösungs- und übungsorientierten Aufbau, zahlreichen Fallbeispielen sowie einer klaren, und präzisen Sprache ist Walkers Arbeits- und Praxisbuch sowohl für Therapeuten wie für Betroffene ein unentbehrlicher Begleiter auf dem Weg aus dem Trauma.
"Pete Walkers Arbeit zu komplexen PTBS ist eines dieser Modelle, auf das sowohl Klienten als auch Praktiker sich gut verständigen können! Es ist ein wirklich kooperativer Ansatz. Wenn ich dieses Framework in Workshops verwende, finden es Teilnehmer immer hilfreich. Das Konzept ist für Behandler und Klienten leicht nachvollziehbar. Anwender gehen in Resonanz mit den praktischen Anleitungen, die Walker zur Normalisierung und Bewältigung von emotionalen Flashbacks anbietet, die die Lebensqualität beeinträchtigen."
– Dr. Claudia J. Dewane, Associate Prof., Temple University
- Vergebung wirkt heilsam auf erlebte Traumata in der Kindheit
- Reparenting schafft die Grundlage für Beziehungsfähigkeit
- die 4 Dynamiken emotionaler Natur: ganzheitliches Denken, Akzeptanz der Polarität, Ambivalenz und im Fluss sein
Bildkräftige Formulierungen und Schilderungen aus Walkers Leben und seiner Praxis vermitteln das Gefühl, den Weg der Heilung mit einem verständigen Freund Hand in Hand zu gehen."Walkers detailliertes Konzept des Reparenting wird Ihnen helfen, den Heilungsprozess zu durchlaufen."– Alice Miller, weltberühmte Autorin & Psychologin, spezialisiert auf Eltern-Kind-Beziehungen