People often ask how I got started working with Dissociative Disorders and how I learned to talk with people with DID. That's a fair question, so l will tell you a little bit of my story. I started my work with dissociative trauma survivors way back in the 80’s. At the time, I was living on the Canadian prairies working at a residential centre for troubled teenagers who had gotten into a little bit of … [Read more...]
Doing Lots of Hard Work, in the “Hidden Areas”
Hi Everyone, I'm letting you know I'm still here. :) I'm actually spending hours and hours each and every day working on the "behind the scenes"work that needs to be done to update this blog. It might not look like much upfront, but I promise, I'm here! I'm here! That's not me up there in that picture. Frankly, I look more like this. Ha! . . Many of you have sent in excellent comments and feedback to my … [Read more...]
Night Time Mystery Story, with Winnie the Pooh and Piglet too
Hello Hello! Every dissociative trauma survivor I know has little ones in their system who feel afraid at night. And they have plenty of reasons for their fear, especially since so much trauma happens at night time. Because of all that night time trauma, for years and years, their night time fears, and bedtime fears are high. In fact, it can feel so scary, that even when there is no real harm, the fear can … [Read more...]
Was it now? Is it then? Will the Abuse Ever End?
Hello, hello, It's getting closer to Halloween, and as October happens, I'm quite sure that many of you are struggling with trauma memories, flashbacks, body memories, and the whole range of PTSD symptoms after experiencing trauma and abuse. Sometimes it feels like the trauma will never end! But it does. I promise you, it does end. It can end, and it does end. You haven't lived forever so the … [Read more...]
How Do You Define Yourself?
How do you define yourself? I saw this beautiful poem tacked to the wall of a kind and generous charitable organization. I read it over and over, and couldn't leave without writing it down. I do not know the author, but whoever they are, they have put a wonderful, inspiring message out. I am pleased to be able to share it with you. So many of you feel defined by what has happened to you, or by what your Abusers … [Read more...]