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Treating Dissociative Identity Disorder

This is a book about the triumph of inner authority over the debilitating effects of trauma and abuse. In a simple and straightforward style, a three-phase model for treating dissociative identity disorder (previously known as multiple personality disorder) in introduced. The Collective Heart model is consistent with the current standards of care which emphasize caution and restraint. Additionally, the Collective Heart model has several unique features: It highlights the retrieval of personal authority rather than the retrieval of traumatic memories, identifies the fundamental inner unity underlying the fragmented personality system, and introduces techniques that facilitate communication between personalities and between each personality's conscious mind and the collective heart.
Six chapters of fascinating case vignettes illustrate therapeutic techniques and show how clients tap into their underlying inner unity to create the conditions for their own maturation, making it safe for their alters to grow, heal, and eventually join the host as a seamless, harmonious whole.
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Table of Contents

Preface Acknowledgements Foreword 1. The Nature and Early History of Hypnosis and Dissociation 2. Traumatology and the Treatment of Dissociative States: Major 20th Century Developments 3. Overview of the Collective Heart Model: Assumptions, Stages, Goals, and Techniques 4. Assessment of Dissociative Identity Disorder 5. Basic Therapeutic Techniques: Where to Go and How to Get There 6. The Nature of the Therapeutic Relationship 7. Seeking Guidance from the Inner Wisdom 8. Becoming a Team: Fostering Internal Communication and Cooperation 9. Inner Lessons in Self-Advocacy 10. Decreasing Anxiety to Remove Obstacles to Inner Guidance 11. Working Through Trauma: Sharing Memories and Internally Challenging the Authority of the Abuser 12. Together as One: The Postjoining Process 13. Current Status of the Collective Heart Treatment Model Appendix A: Preservation of Life Contract (Avoiding Self Harm) Appendix B: Preservation of Life Contract (Avoiding Physical Harm to Others) References Index

About the Author

Sarah Y. Krakauer, Psy.D., a licensed clinical psychologist, maintains a private practice in Williamsburg, Virginia, and is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychology at the College of William and Mary. After obtaining intensive training in the diagnosis and treatment of dissociative disorders during her predoctoral internship, Dr. Krakauer earned her Doctor of Psychology at the Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology.


"A major strength of this book is its detailed depiction of Krakauer's clinical work. Her techniques are given in sufficient detail for the reader to use. . . . [Another] asset of the book is Krakauer's unusual candor in reflecting on alterative understandings of her findings and ideas, and on the possible limitations on the utility of her methods. . . . Many of her ideas and approaches are thought-provoking and deserve further study. . . .This book is very well-written. It reads more smoothly and clearly than most texts of its type. . . . Dr. Krakauer is a clever and skilled clinician, and those interested in the treatment of DID who are already experienced and well-grounded in the literature of that field will find it worthwhile to acquaint themselves with her contributions." -Richard Kluft, M.D., Ph.D., American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis "Dr. Sarah Krakauer presents her Collective Heart model in a personal, engaging and highly readable fashion, This volume will enrich clinical understanding as well as stimulate important theoretical and research developments." -Carolyn Zerbe Enns, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Cornell College, From the Foreword "This book is well-written and interesting to read. The model is innovative and the case examples are quite well done and compelling." -Christine Courtois, Ph.D., Washington, D.C. "This is the best new book on treating Dissociative Identity Disorder. Sarah Krakauer has developed a balanced caring approach based on research and clinical experience... This book will transform how you work with these patients." -Leonard Holmes, Ph.D., Mental Health Resources "This book presents an empathic caring model that putspower in the hands of the client and assumes that clients hold within themselves the capacity for self-healing. The goal in therapy is personal mastery and current coping rather than recovered memory. . . . This is an innovative and impressive treatment model. I am convinced that more rigorous empirical investigation would demonstrate its efficacy." -Miriam Liss, Ph.D., Mary Washington College

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