Go beyond surviving to reclaim your sexual self.
If you have experienced sexual abuse, assault, harassment, or rape, you may feel disconnected from your sexual self-even if you've overcome the initial trauma of your experience. You are a survivor; but surviving is just the beginning. This book explores what comes next.
Written by a psychologist and grounded in cutting-edge research, Reclaiming Pleasure picks up where other sexual trauma recovery books leave off. It offers practical tools to help you cultivate a sense of safety, security and trust in order to reclaim the vitality, pleasure and great sex you deserve. The book will also serve as your compass on a journey toward the rediscovery of desire, letting you explore what you want from others and for yourself.
This groundbreaking book will help you:
·Understand the lasting mental, physical, sexual, and relational impacts of sexual trauma
·Move beyond feelings of shame
·Reclaim pleasure and reignite passion in your life
Surviving is merely the first step in the process of recovery from sexual trauma. With this sex-positive and empowering guide, you are invited to take your recovery to the next level. You'll feel emboldened by the desire for better sex, healthier relationships, and a more connected, pleasurable life.
“Richmond combines theory and practice into a singular work of clinical insight that is sure to prove indispensable in helping mental health professionals guide survivors of sexual trauma from pain to passion. The exercises at the end of each chapter are awesome!”
—Ian Kerner, codirector of the sex therapy program at the Institute For Contemporary Psychotherapy, and New York Times bestselling author of She Comes First
“Holly Richmond is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to trauma and sexual healing. Her writing is dynamic, loving, and affirming in a way all survivors of sexual trauma deserve. Reclaiming Pleasure will undoubtedly be an invaluable resource for both trauma survivors and practitioners like myself who work with these incredibly brave individuals.”—Gigi Engle, ACS, certified clinical sexologist, and author of All the F*cking Mistake