Office in Long Beach, Ca.
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Format: Telephone appointment
Fee: Hourly. Call to discuss.
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My areas of particular strength include:
Dissociation, human sexuality, gender issues, PTSD, depression, and trauma (e.g., rape, incest, ritual abuse), and complex trauma.
1. What are the Dissociative Disorders?
2. Questions people usually ask during our first phone call
3. A few questions to ask yourself
4. The truth about Dissociative Disorders
5. What to look for in a therapist
What are the Dissociative Disorders?
The Dissociative Disorders are characterized by a disruption of and/or discontinuity in the normal integration of consciousness, memory, identity, emotion, perception, body representation,
motor control, and behavior.
(DSM-5, published 2013)
Dissociative Amnesia is fundamentally an inability to recall autobiographical information that is inconsistent with normal forgetting.
This amnesia may be localized (i.e., an event or period of time), selective (i.e., a specific aspect of an event), or generalized (i.e. identity and life history).
It may, or may not, involve purposeful travel or bewildered wandering (i.e. fugue). Dissociative fugues, wherein the person discovers dissociated travel, are common. Individuals with Dissociative Identity Disorder may report that they have suddenly found themselves at the beach, at work, in a nightclub, or somewhere at home (e.g., closet, in the corner) with no memory of how they came to be there.
Some individuals have a sense of "losing time," however, most are initially unaware of their amnesia. Awareness of amnesia occurs only when personal information is missing (i.e., someone else tells them about that they cannot recall).
Dissociative Identity Disorder
(DID, formerly MPD)
Dissociative Disorder is characterized by:
a) the presence of two or more distinct personality states,
b) recurrent episodes of amnesia or gaps in the recall of
Individuals may experience recurrent, inexplicable intrusions into their conscious functioning and sense of self (e.g., voices, dissociated actions and speech; intrusive thoughts, emotions and impulses), and alterations in sense of self (e.g., attitudes, preferences, and feeling like one's body or actions are not one's own, and odd changes of perception (e.g., depersonalization or derealization, such as feeling detached from one's body while cutting, and intermittent functional neurological symptoms
Although DID is diagnosed almost entirely among women, therapists speculate that it may be equally common among men. However, men tend to be less likely to seek treatment.
This disorder is characterized by persistent or recurrent depersonalization (i.e., experiences of unreality or detachment from one's mind, self, or body) and /or derealization (i.e., experiences of unreality or detachment from one's surroundings).
There is no evidence of any distinction between individuals with predominantly depersonalization versus derealization symptoms. Individuals with this disorder can have depersonalization,
derealization, or both. During the depersonalization experience, reality testing remains intact.
Questions people usually ask
during our first phone call...
Q: Where do people seek treatment for DID (formerly MPD)?
Answer: Hopefully, only from therapists who specialize in DID.
Q: How can a family be impacted by a dissociative disorder?
Answer: Just look at your own life and family for the answer.
Q: I'm searching for a Dissociative Disorders specialist. Can you
Answer: Yes. Call me at (562) 498-4937.
Q: How is Dissociative Identity Disorder treated?
Answer: Usually through prolonged psychodynamic psychotherapy (aka talk-therapy) that follows three specific stages: stabilization, resolution of trauma issues, and maintenance. (See page 3, Treatment Techniques for more information.)