How did I start working with Dissociative Disorders?
Upon entering grad school, I was determined to be a Family Systems therapist. My internships were focused around family therapy and I learned a lot about working with systems. However, I found myself with client after client struggling with sexual abuse issues. Trauma issues were repeatedly plopped in front of me, and I got the point. I turned my efforts towards working with sexual abuse survivors.
In the 1980’s, I was handpicked to do a clinical pilot study for a government agency in Saskatchewan Canada with a severely abused young woman newly diagnosed with Multiple Personality Disorder (now called Dissociative Identity Disorder). I found this area of work highly challenging and fascinating. I’ve remained in the field of trauma and dissociation ever since, working with complex internal systems as well as external family systems.
At the invitation of Dr. Colin Ross, I moved to the Dallas Texas area in 1992 to work at an inpatient treatment unit for Dissociative Disorders. For several years, I led 10 inpatient groups per week, an outpatient support group and spouse support groups. I also continued to build my private practice through the years.
In 2001, I added online work as an option for my practice. I developed http://www.AbuseConsultants.com as an online treatment resource for trauma survivors. In 2005, I began http://www.SurvivorForum.com , an online group support forum for trauma survivors. Through these websites, I have had clients from around the world, and have certainly learned a lot during this time.
I am currently expanding my practice to include a greater focus on sexual abuse prevention and support for non-offending parents.
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