2020 Workshop Series
DID – Not Just a Mental Health Condition!
Presented by Mandy Coghill (Therapist) and Em (living with DID)
Mandy Coghill (Therapist) & Em (living with DID)
(Em) ‘I am not a ‘survivor’ of sexual abuse; I still feel very much a victim! Although I am far away from the perpetrators and not in that horrific situation any longer, Society, Health Professionals (most of them), Council Officials, Psychiatrists, Social Services and others have had such a negative impact on me, that on a daily basis I wish myself dead. Yes, the abuse itself still makes me feel this way, but the added pressure when things go wrong, and they do, constantly, makes me feel not part of this world. Apart from having DID there are other factors that affect my mental health and my stability. I would like my story to help some of the professionals working in this field to treat and understand us better, to know the challenges we face, to ‘bear’ with us when we can appear so disjointed and often child-like and hopefully give us hope.
(Mandy) I have been working as a counsellor for 26 years and in the trauma field specifically since 2006. Difficulties around partnership working with other agencies have been somewhat problematic throughout this period. My work with Em, epitomises many of these difficulties and impacts therapy negatively in different ways. So, a great deal of time is spent ‘firefighting’ leaving very little time for therapeutic work.
Intended Audience: Those already working within the context of trauma and dissociation, those considering working within this field and those who wish to explore the challenges of working with a person living with DID
Max audience size: Any
1) To highlight the personal challenges that are being faced when agencies become involved with a person living with DID e.g. NHS and Housing (Council)
2) To explain how these challenges impact negatively on all-round functioning.
3) To highlight the challenges faced by a therapist supporting someone with DID
4) To gain an insight into what it is like living with DID – expert by experience
5) To generate discussions and ideas about respectfully moving forward and supporting clients with DID and the agencies around them.
born into satanic, ritualistic paedophile ring
From birth to 18 years
Suffered sexual and physical abuse, torture and rape
Diagnosed with DID initially by therapist in 2012
Formally diagnosed by Psychiatrist in 2013
Living with 40 + personalities