Holistic Therapy for People with Dissociative Identity Disorder

Paper: 978 1 78220 563 0 / $29.95
Published: June 2017  

Publisher: Karnac Books
120 pp., 6 1/8" x 9 1/5"
This book puts forward a model of therapy and support for people with DID that provides individual therapy, staff support, and a safe place to live. It relies upon the ideas of Bowlby by providing a secure base and recognizes the attachment needs. It also includes staff who are trained to provide a therapeutic environment and also receive support to do their work. The fourth element after the base, the staff, and the training, is the individual therapy. Together it has been possible to adopt a holistic approach which leads to a significant improvement in quality of life for individuals with DID and confidence for commissioners and teams in the approach. By including the perspective of all the players and presenting a practical model for successful working, the book will be invaluable to anyone looking to commission or provide services for this client group.

Table of Contents:
About the Editors

1) Starting out
2) A usual bumpy road to treatment
3) Life—what’s that?
4) Setting up a service
5) Making progress
6) Being support staff
7) A client’s voice
8) A new therapist
9) Conclusion

Further reading

Reviews & Endorsements:
"Dr Patricia Frankish and Dr Valerie Sinason, two of the world’s leading experts on the treatment and prevention of trauma, have produced a magnificent book about the complex and still often misunderstood subject of dissociative identity disorder. Written for service users and for professionals alike, this well-crafted and clearly structured text provides an immense amount of clear understanding of the phenomenology, the causes, the consequences and, moreover, about the most humane and sophisticated forms of treatment for dissociation. This moving and informative book deserves to become a standard text. I know of no other publication which approaches the subject of dissociative identity disorder with such compassion and intelligence."
- Professor Brett Kahr, Clinical Research Fellow in Psychotherapy and Mental Health, Centre for Child Mental Health, London, and Senior Fellow, Tavistock Relationships , Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology
"I am so delighted that this long-awaited book has been published. It contains both theory and practical examples that I find ring true with my experience of working therapeutically with people with DID. These shocking but true stories bring humanity back to those treated in an inhuman way. The outline of care provision will bring tears of joy to some in being understood and sadness to others with their needs still unmet. This is an important book."
- Deborah Briggs, psychotherapist specialising in DID, and chair of the Paracelsus Trust