Sexual Abuse Sacred Wound

Sexual Abuse Sacred Wound

In this highly readable and practical book, Stephanie Mines shows how persons traumatized by sexual abuse can be healed through the sensitive application of "Expressive Therapy" (the therapeutic use of art-making in all its forms) and by treating trauma as a "sacred wound" on the model of the shaman?s initiatic wounding. The book includes five engaging case-histories of women and men who have worked in this way with the debilitating experiences of substance abuse, overwhelming shame and extraordinary emotional repression and have reclaimed their individuality and force in the world. There is also an insightful account of sexual abuse in an ashram and a chapter on treating sexual abuse in the family. This book offers vital and useful self-help tools for survivors and their families. It also gives clinicians creative new strategies for their clients who have been traumatized.