Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) books & resources

The following is a list of recommended books and resources about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The Location(s) available column shows where these books are available, eg, from your local Christchurch City Library (CCL) and/or from the Mental Health Education and Resource Centre (MHERC).

Books can be reserved online and checked out by visiting CCL or MHERC. If a book is not available, a librarian may be able to suggest another book or place a hold on a book. To borrow or place a hold on a book, you must be a member of the library. MHERC can post books and other resources out to its users, including those living in rural areas, and will include a post-paid bag for returning books. Once read, books need to be returned to the library.

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Title & Author
Description
Year
Location(s) available

I Can’t Get Over It

By Aphrodite Matsakis

Year: 2002

Subject: Handbook

A handbook for trauma survivors. Directly addresses the survivors of trauma and explains the nature of PTSD and describes the healing process.

2002

Location

MHERC

The PTSD workbook 

By Mary Ruth Williams

Year: 2013

Subject: Workbook

Psychologists and trauma experts Mary Beth Williams and Soili Poijula offer the most effective tools available for treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In this fully revised and updated edition, readers will learn how to determine the type of trauma they have experienced, identify their symptoms, and learn the most effective strategies they can use to overcome these symptoms. This new edition features chapters focusing on veterans with PTSD, the link between cortisol and adrenaline and its role in PTSD and overall mental health, and the mind-body component of PTSD.

2013

Location

CCL

MHERC

SL

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – Reduce and overcome the symptoms of PTSD

By Belleruth Naparstek

Year: 2009

Subject: Imagination exercises

A step by step programme with more than twenty scripts for guided imaginary exercises, providing relief of symptoms ranging from anxiety attacks and insomnia to depression.

2009

Location

MHERC

8 Keys to Safe Trauma Recovery

By Babette Rothschild

Year: 2010

Subject: Mindfulness

This book gives self help readers, therapy clients, and therapists alike the skills to understand and implement eight keys to successful trauma healing: mindful identification of what is helpful, recognising survival, having the option to not remember, creating a supportive inner dialogue, forgiving not being able to stop the trauma, understanding and sharing shame, finding your own recovery pace; mobilising your body, and helping others.

2010

Location

CCL

MHERC

SL

Getting Past your Past: take control of your life with self-help techniques from EMDR therapy

By Francine Shapiro

Year: 2013

Subject: Guide

A totally accessible user’s guide from the creator of a scientifically proven form of psychotherapy for healing ailments ranging from PTSD to minor anxiety and depression. Whether we’ve experienced small setbacks or major traumas, we are all influenced by memories and experiences we may not remember or don’t fully understand. Getting Past Your Past offers practical procedures that demystify the human condition and empower readers looking to break free from emotional roadblocks. Shapiro, the creator of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), explains the brain science in layman’s terms and provides simple exercises that readers can do at home to achieve real change.

2013

Location

CCL

MHERC

SL

Quaky Cat

By Diana Noonan & Gavin Bishop

Year: 2012

Subject: Earthquake issues

In the aftermath of the earthquake, Noonan decided to do her part to help quake victims the only way she could – by writing a story for children about what happened that morning from the perspective of a bright orange cat called Tiger. Tiger wakes just before the earthquake strikes and bolts out of the house, looking for safety as the town rolls, shakes and rumbles all around him. Lost and lonely, he searches for his owner Emma in the chaos after the quake. A sweet and moving story, Quaky Cat acknowledges the scary and sad experiences children went through during and after the earthquake but also ends with a hopeful and reassuring message for those children and their families left homeless by the quake.

2012

Location

CCL

MHERC