As of June 2016, I am referring all DID, derealization, and depersonalization patients to:
KEVIN CONNORS, MFT, (562) 498-4937
Kevin Connors, MFT, has decades of experience working with DID, teaches and lectures internationally on the subject of DID, and his credentials can be found at www.ISST-d.org
The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation
Kevin employs Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, guided visualization,
Ego-State Therapy, ISH-assisted techniques, humor, and lots and
lots of education in his efforts to help patients live the life they desire.
Psychotherapy is good, old-fashioned talk-therapy, the goal of which is insight.
It is based on the idea that talking about old hurts can be cathartic (i.e., emotional release) and, therefore, liberating. As long as old wounds are buried or allowed to fester in the Unconscious, they have tremendous power and control over our lives. Exposing them to the light of day can be very healing.
HOWEVER, timing (pacing) is critical. A skilled DID therapist knows better than to leap into trauma work at the beginning of a relationship. We must develop trust, your alters must develop a willingness to cooperate, and there must be stability in both your outside world and your inner-world BEFORE we can embark on trauma work.
The word psychodynamic implies that humans are dynamic creatures, who are naturally inclined toward change, once the blockages and old wounds are healed.
An accepted and recommended style of therapy for the treatment of numerous psychological issues, including dissociation. Ego-state Therapy uses talk-therapy as its primary technique, and may utilize hypnosis (though not essential or required), in order to make direct contact with ego-states and to engage them in ongoing interactions for the purpose of healing.
It is a process of empowerment for the primary personality.
Using a recognized and conventional therapeutic technique, the therapist calls upon the
Inner-Self-Helper (aka the Higher Self, the Inner Voice) to assist in the interactions
with personalities or ego-states, in order to further the patient's treatment goals.
Regardless of whether we're treating DID, other dissociative conditions, grief, loss, PTSD, or trauma, healing is a journey of awakening--one in which the person is free at all times (with help from the therapist to find their way) to make new choices, and life-affirming choices.