An Interview with Laura Brown, Ph.D. – Healthy Relationships After Childhood Trauma
Dr. Brown is author of Not the Price of Admission: Healthy Relationships After Childhood Trauma.
Description by the author:
I wrote this book because of my experience that many people who were abused, neglected, or otherwise given less-than-adequate experiences of attachment, love, and connection struggle in very predictable ways in their adult friendships, work relationships, and romantic relationships. Many survivors believe, consciously or otherwise, that they must pay a price to have anyone relate to them. Some of those prices are psychological–safety, self-respect, boundaries. Others are more direct, as when a survivor bears too much financial responsibility for an able-bodied adult partner. Adult survivors know that being exploited, used, and sometimes abused in their connections with others feels like normal life, even if they have come to know that it’s wrong. Not the price examines how these core beliefs were set in place, and then explores the ways in which survivors can learn how to stop paying prices. It’s my hope that it will shed light for survivors on what have felt like, but need not be, painful or futile efforts to have good-enough love and connection in their adult lives.
Laura Brown, PhD, is a clinical psychologist based in Seattle, WA. She has served on the editorial boards of numerous journals, and is a Clinical Professor in the Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington. She is a Fellow of ten American Psychological Association divisions and served as President of APA Divisions 35 (Society for the Psychology of Women), 44 (Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Issues), and 56 (Trauma Psychology) and the Washington State Psychological Association. She has authored over 10 books and and until June 2015, directed, the Fremont Community Therapy Project, a low-fee psychotherapy training clinic in Seattle.
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1. List two common cognitive distortions of survivors
2. List two ways that survivors can change their cognitive distortions..