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emma and her selves: a memoir of treatment and a therapist's self-discovery

emma and her selves: a memoir of treatment and a therapist's self-discovery

by May Benatar


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emma and her selves is the story of a long term psychotherapeutic relationship between a woman with multiple identities, someone diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder. Dr. May Benatar shares some of her own process as a therapist discovering the ubiquity of trauma in both the general population and in clinical populations. As she begins to treat victims of childhood sexual abuse she comes to understand that dissociation and the creation of sequestered part selves are the common consequence of trauma.

Along the way she meets Emma and her many selves and is changed over the 20 years of their work together. She learns that “parts” exist in all of us, we all have many faces, many states of mind that are called forth in different circumstance. The difference between Emma and more ordinary folks is the degree of access we have to these states and our ability to integrate them within a whole personality. Dr. Benatar becomes more familiar with her own parts in the process of treating Emma.

There are obstacles and triumphs, mystery and spiritual encounter threaded throughout the narrative.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780999596593
Publisher: IPBooks
Publication date: 02/14/2018
Pages: 148
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.32(d)

Table of Contents


1. how I became a trauma therapist

2. dramatis personae

3. introducing emma

4. “when I was a boy”

5. angel

6. memory: the pond

7. these are the twins

8. sabotage

9. missy

10. joey, magic and monarchs

11. benji

12. “listening is an act of love”

13. sydney and emma

14. here comes goodbye

15. “disappeared david”—how I became a trauma therapist, part 2

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