Upon entering Social Work grad school at the University of Kansas, 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 was very fortunate to have two years of work to focus on learning about internal systems and dissociative systems. I have remained in the fields 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 a psychiatric hospital with a specialized inpatient treatment unit for Dissociative Disorders. For several years, I led 10 inpatient groups per week, an outpatient support group and spouse support groups. Even after leaving the hospital setting in 1995, I continued to build my private practice as a Clinical Social Worker through the years, with a very specific focus on Dissociative Disorders and trauma disorders.
In 2001, I added online work as an option for my Social Work practice. I believe that anyone, anywhere, at anytime should have the opportunity to learn about dissociative disorders, especially if there are few resources in their local area. I developed AbuseConsultants.com as an online treatment resource for trauma survivors. In 2005, I began SurvivorForum.com, an online group support forum for trauma survivors. Through these websites, I have had clients from around the world, and certainly learned a lot during that time. I also began this blog, Discussing. Dissociation, in 2008 as a free resource for anyone wanting to learn more about Dissociative Disorders.
When I left Texas in 2011, the two therapy-providing websites were closed. Big changes were happening in my life at that time, and I needed a break from the intensity of a 25-year career focused on dissociative disorders, trauma disorders, abuse and violence. It had been a heavy load, and frankly, I got a little tired.
However, I have been happy to keep this blog, Discussing Dissociation active since 2008. The ever-growing readership of Discussing Dissociation has proved to me the importance of providing quality information for dissociative trauma survivors.
I am interested in expanding my efforts to include a greater focus on sexual abuse prevention and support for non-offending parents. I am also a strong believer in the power of healing with music and the healing benefits of animals. Music therapy and pet-assisted therapy are areas of great interest to me.
Thank you for joining me in this journey. I look forward to reading your comments and hearing your thoughts as well.
Related Articles about Kathy’s Life Story:
- Kathy, Where Have You Been These Past 5 Years?
- Remembering Annemaria
- Podcast Interview with Kathy from Discussing Dissociation
To learn more about Dissociative Identity Disorder, please watch my video playlist on YouTube, Discussing Dissociation Blog:
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