Top critical review
Waste of time and money
Reviewed in the United States on March 7, 2018
If I had no knowledge about C-PTSD, this book might be a helpful introduction. But it is ineffective as a workbook because it treats the problem in pieces rather than as a whole. It provides a nice overview of the range of interventions that a therapist might use to treat C-PTSD, but the primary focus of the "exercises" is to ask the reader to write their thoughts about a specific intervention. The back cover of the book presents two assertions: 1) "The exercises and examples in The Complex PTSD Workbook will safely guide yu to explore the emotions and manifestions of your own PTSD" and 2) "The Complex PTSD Workbook aims to empower you with a thorough understanding of the psychology and physiology of trauma...." Neither of these statements is true. The summary resource list (pages 163 and 164 of the book) includes things like "replace negative self-statements with positive beliefs, consciously breathe with a 4-count inhale and a 4-count exhale, half-smile to cultivate a sense of serenity, allow yourself to be vulnerable, go for a savoring walk, reassert healthy boundaries by saying no or asking for what you need." These are perfectly viable things to do, but they don't, in my opinion, help me "navigate the complicated and often overwhelming terrain of complex PTSD" or empower me "with a thorough understanding of the psychology and physiology of trauma." The book wasn't worth my time and money.