After initial theoretical sections (underpinned by the previous two volumes of the ‘trauma trilogy’), Nijenhuis presents a rich trove of clinical case material. Detailed extracts of his work with particular clients is enhanced by both inclusion of his own commentary and that of the clients who generously agreed to contribute their own. The result is charting of a path to healing of dissociative internal divisions of chronically traumatized clients. In referencing the role of therapists as ‘coaches’, Nijenhuis shows the collaborative style on which his skills and experience rest. He thereby confirms what Herman (1992) earlier underlined as ‘the cardinal principle of empowering the survivor’.

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