What’s in a name? Reflections on how the dissociative coping strategies of survivors of trauma are anything but a disorder

This interview, which I gave in April, 2020, shares my process of becoming a therapist
working with, and eventually attempting to be an ally to, people living with dissociation,
especially with dissociative ego states. An important focus of this interview is my
discussion of how I have come to abandon the use of “disorder” in my understanding of
these and other post-traumatic coping strategies. Emma Sunshaw, my interviewer, is
herself both a psychotherapist who worked with trauma survivors, and a person living
with dissociative ego states, facts which I believe make this a unique interview for me.

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