Blessed by God

Working with Seismic Shifts in the Structure of Self

  • Susan Hawthorne
Keywords: dissociation, Complex Dissociative Identity Disorder, alters

Abstract

This article identifies some of the essential ingredients required in working with a client with the most extreme form of dissociation, Complex Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). The most important aspect of such work is the quality of the therapeutic alliance. I draw attention to the extent of parallel process for both therapist and client. I outline some of the causes of the shattering of self for my client and explain how our work together, for more than 13 years to date, has helped to build in her a stronger sense of self and in me, a larger capacity as a therapist.

Waitara

E tohu ana tēnei tuhinga i ētahi o ngā rawa whai tikanga inā mahi tahi me tētahi kiritaki tino mau te āhua noho wehe, te Tuakiri Rangirua Wehenga Matatini, arā te Complex Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). Ko te tirohanga matua o te mahi pēnei, ko te kōunga o te whakakotahitanga rōpū haumanu. Ka whakaaturia atu e au te korahi o te hātepe whakarara mō te kaihaumanu rāua tahi ko te kiritaki. Ka tāutua atu ētahi o ngā take o te whatinga o te whaiaro o taku kiritaki ka whakamārama ai i pēhea tā māua mahitahitanga mō te nekenga atu o te tekau mā toru tau ki tēnei rā, i pai ai te whakapakari ake i tōna ake whaiaro te whakawhānui ake i tāku tirohanga i aku mahi haumanu.

Published
2014-10-01
How to Cite
Hawthorne, S. (2014). Blessed by God: Working with Seismic Shifts in the Structure of Self. Ata: Journal of Psychotherapy Aotearoa New Zealand, 18(1), 35-49. https://doi.org/10.9791/ajpanz.2014.04
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