Keep Pain in the Past: Getting Over Trauma, Grief and the Worst That’s Ever Happened to You
ISBN 10: 1633538109
ISBN 13: 978-1633538108
Heal Psychological Wounds on Your Own
Move on from the emotional trauma of your past: Contrary to what many people believe, we can recover from emotional trauma relatively quickly and completely on our own, without thousands of dollars spent on therapists. Whether it’s extreme trauma such as sexual abuse or the horrors of war or less dramatic shame and guilt, we don’t need to spend years in intensive therapy to recover. Keep Pain in the Past provides a process that enables you to do most, if not all, of the recovery on your own.
Train yourself in psychological self-healing: While most people know what can be done to treat physical ills―like using ice on a muscle sprain―they don’t realize they can apply certain psychological principles to treat anxiety, depression and other conditions. Keep Pain in the Past teaches you the critical 21st century skill of treating psychological wounds on your own.
Treat yourself and heal old wounds: People may suspect that trauma from their past is affecting them negatively, but they take refuge in denial because honestly, surfacing that pain hurts. Keep Pain in the Past helps you identify and face pain, and find closure on your own.
Learn from the success of others: Discover how Sheri, a 37-year-old attorney, recovered from panic attacks that seemed to come out of nowhere. Follow the journey of Mark, a 29-year-old Army veteran who experienced the horror of war in Afghanistan, as he healed from the downward spiral that had caused him to lose his job and become increasingly uncommunicative with his family. Explore how Melinda, a 42-year-old professor who struggled to sustain a romantic relationship, confronted her torturous childhood and has now found love that is still going strong after three years.
Keep Pain in the Past achieves what conventional therapy does not. After reading this book, you will be able to:
- Confront your emotional baggage
- Reach closure
- Discover a life unhaunted by the trauma of your past
"This book offers real stories and a path to authentic emotional healing for people recovering from past hurts and traumatic events. Written with hope and compassion the authors guide the reader through an actionable stepwise process of gaining their life back after traumatic experiences and keeping the emotional pain in the past--for good! "
--Helen Odessky, Psy. D. Author of Stop Anxiety From Stopping You
“Milliions of peple suffer from PTSD which can dramatically impact their lives. The self-healing process mapped out in Keep Pain in the Past is based on decades of successful treatment of patients and offers help and hope to those who need it. WIth this remarkable remedy, readers can go from surviving to thriving.”
-Dr John Duffy, author of The Available Parent, Podcasts at WGN"s Better
Keep Pain in the Past is a well thought out tome of helpful, step-by-step tools for healing from physical and emotional trauma. Authors Cortman and Waldman present questions for the reader to ask oneself at the end of each chapter, and provide suggestions that are sensible and real for one to step out of PTSD and to step up to his or her brighter future.
~KJ Landis, author of Happy Healthy You
Individuals suffering from drug and alcohol or other addictions, anxiety, depression, resentment, and compulsive behavior, as well as those having difficulty moving on from bad experiences can greatly benefit from the knowledge and practical exercises in this book.”
―Calvina Fay, executive director, Drug Free America Foundation, inc.
“.A definite read and has helped me tremendously! Grip it and read it!”
―John Daly, PGA golfer
“Time may not heal all wounds, but a powerful process can. I'm so grateful to the authors of Keep Pain in the Past for restoring hope that trauma can be healed without year of psychotherapy. Each wounded heart is longing to be whole again. This book is the perfect companion for that journey.” ―MK Mueller, author of 8 to Great
“The work Dr. Chris Cortman is doing in the field of trauma recovery is some of the most important work being done today. In Keep Pain in the Past he shares the compelling stories of people he has helped using a simple (but not easy) five-step framework. Through these stories, helpful writing prompts, and other detailed tools and resources, readers see what is actually possible in regards to recovering from trauma (whether with a capital T or a small t), and can begin to attend to their own recovery. I am looking forward to employing "The Fritz" in my own ongoing personal work!” ―Karen C.L. Anderson, author of Difficult Mothers, Adult Daughters: A Guide For Separation, Liberation & Inspiration
About the Author
Chris Cortman, PhD has been a licensed psychologist for 28 years. He is a much-sought-after speaker, has facilitated more than 60,000 hours of psychotherapy, and has provided psychological consultation at five hospitals in the Sarasota/Venice area. Dr. Cortman is the co-creator of a youth prevention and wellness program called The Social Black Belt.
Dr. Joseph Walden graduated from Florida State University with his Bachelor’s degree in psychology and graduated with his Doctorate of Psychology from the Florida School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Walden has a wide variety of experiences including working in a crisis center and an inpatient drug and alcohol center in Bradenton, a college counseling center in and the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center in St. Petersburg, and Park Center, a community mental health hospital, in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Dr. Walden has worked with children, families, adults, and the geriatric populations in individual and group therapy. He offers treatment for anxiety, depression, addictions, trauma, interpersonal skills, phobias, and stress management. "I am personally and professionally invested in the treatment of the military population. My father was an Army veteran and was the one who originally sparked my interest in the treatment of trauma. While on practicum at the Bay Pines VAMC, I worked in the Substance and Posttraumatic Integrated Recovery (SPIR) unit where I worked with veterans who were dually diagnosed with an alcohol/drug addiction and PTSD. There I spent time completing trauma-specific training for my entire tenure there. I also completed my dissertation using an empirical study regarding differences in PTSD symptom expression across war era involvement."