Confidentiality in Psychotherapy

The Building Block of Healing Psychotherapy is a marvelous tool for healing. This is especially true when you are facing a major mental health disorder. But how can one be sure that the stranger they are spilling your guts to will not tell the world what you have said?...

Attachment Theory and Dissociative Identity Disorder

Everyone has attachment behaviors depending on their upbringing. So, it is important to understand this vital part of who we are as human beings. John Bowlby’s attachment theory helps to explain the behaviors of those who experienced severe and repeated childhood trauma. This article will attempt to explain attachment...

The Lost Child

The term dysfunctional family is used to give a name to a family that does not function within normal parameters. There may be alcoholism, drug abuse, neglect, and abuse. These disturbed families harbor children who, because of their debilitated families, are not capable of living the lives they should...

The Effect of Trauma on the Developing Brain

Child abuse is a rampant epidemic in the United States with millions of kids getting hurt every day. The ramifications of this abuse and neglect are long-lasting and possibly permanent. What happens in the brains of traumatized children? The answer is that a traumatized child’s brain shrinks, and certain...

Medical and Mental Health Gaslighting and Iatrogenic Injury

You are a woman and go to the emergency room with a severe cough and the ER doctor listens intently at first and acts nice. However, the physician sees on your record that you have a mental health condition or that you have complained about this same problem before....

Common Myths Surrounding Dissociative Identity Disorder

Dissociative identity disorder (DID) is a highly controversial diagnosis. Doctors and therapists alike struggle with a lack of knowledge not because they do not want to know, but because they were not trained. On the average psychiatrists receive a few hours or days of training about recognizing and treating...

Therapists, Do You Believe Your Client Will Heal?

The subject of therapists believing their client’s needs to be heard by those who treat any type of mental health problem. This is especially true for a diagnosis as frustrating as Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). This article will hopefully send a message to therapists and those living with dissociative...

Normal Vs. Abnormal Dissociation

One might think that dissociation is an abnormal condition that only happens to people who have lived experience with childhood trauma. They would be wrong. Dissociation is a totally normal human reaction to boredom or becoming overstressed. What happens when dissociation becomes abnormal? What are the causes for the...

The Importance of Setting Firm Boundaries

As survivors, some of us suffer with the inability to recognize and enforce firm boundaries in our interpersonal lives. Yet, setting clear personal boundaries is vital to ensure that relationships are equally supportive, respectful, and caring. This article will explore personal boundaries and how to set them plus enforce...

The 4 Necessary Components and 5 Stages of Successful Psychotherapy

First recognized by Carl Rogers, there are components to psychotherapy that are experienced in the therapeutic relationship. The three basic ones become apparent when one researches the literature. This article will focus on the three vital components of psychotherapy, including unconditional positive regard, genuineness, empathy, and confidentiality, plus the...