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"The Wisdom of 5 Messengers: Learning to Follow the Guidance of Feelings"

I educate all of my clients, especially trauma survivors, to learn to listen to their bodies, emotions and instincts. This book educates readers all about the importance of your emotions and being able to reconnect with your innate instincts and inner wisdom. It is a very important book for learning to "really" heal and growth.

Books of Interest for:

Living with a Dissociative Disorder

"You're Not Crazy & You're Not Alone: Inside the Inner World of Dissociative Identity Disorder" By Wendy Lemke, M.S., Licensed Psychologist

DVD for people who have Dissociative Identity Disorders and their Partners/Families.

You're Not Crazy and You're Not Alone: Inside the Inner World of Dissociative Identity Disorder
Six courageous individuals diagnosed with D.I.D. and a few of their partners, including Robert Oxnam, author of, A Fractured Mind:  My Life with Multiple Personality Disorder, and his wife, Vishakha share their experiences, artwork, and poetry, so that you can learn about D.I.D. from their perspective and how treatment has created a window of hope. 

Purchase through clear water counseling services http://www.clearwatercounselingservices.com/id13.html.

           
 
"Feeling Unreal"

A book for people who have Depersonalization Disorder - feeling as though everything around you is unreal, like watching a movie. Only book of its kind!

 
"Amongst Ourselves"

A book written by a psychologist who has Dissociative Identity Disorder. Great book for people who are learning about DID.

 
"Growing Beyond Survival: A Self-Help Toolkit for Managing Traumatic Stress"

I recommend this book to all of my trauma survivors. It has information about managing dissociative and trauma symptoms. Great!

           
 
"Living with Your Selves: A Survival Manual For People With Multiple Personalities"

A book that bridges the gap between clinical literature and personal account. Written by someone who is diagnosed with DID. Great book!

 
"Separated from the Light (A Path Back from Psychological Trauma)"

Written by the director of the Women's Institute of Incorporation Therapy. Dr. Tollefson has survived with DID who developed a treatment for trauma and DID. A different approach that many survivors do well with.

 
"Trauma and Sexuality: The Effects of Childhood Sexual, Physical and Emotional Abuse on Sexual Identity and Behavior"

Very important new book! A must read! This book is for all survivors!

 

 

Personal Accounts
"You're Not Crazy & You're Not Alone: Inside the Inner World of Dissociative Identity Disorder" By Wendy Lemke, M.S., Licensed Psychologist

DVD for people who have Dissociative Identity Disorders and their Partners/Families.

You're Not Crazy and You're Not Alone: Inside the Inner World of Dissociative Identity Disorder
Six courageous individuals diagnosed with D.I.D. and a few of their partners, including Robert Oxnam, author of, A Fractured Mind:  My Life with Multiple Personality Disorder, and his wife, Vishakha share their experiences, artwork, and poetry, so that you can learn about D.I.D. from their perspective and how treatment has created a window of hope. 

 Purchase through clearwater counseling services. http://www.clearwatercounselingservices.com/id13.html

***Please Note: These books can be triggering***
 
"Got Parts? An Insiders Guide to Managing Life Successfully with Dissociative Identity Disorder"

A great place to start if you're just learning about DID. It is a simple read and a small book.

 
"A God Called Father"

This book is written by an incest survivor with DID. Newer book I have not read but it gets good reviews. It is written from a Christian perspective.

 
"First Person Plural"

This is Dr. Cameron West's experience of going through treatment for Dissociative Identity Disorder. Great account of DID and it brings hope for all survivors!

           
 
"A Fractured Mind"

A first person account by a person with Dissociative Identity Disorder.

 
"When Rabbit Howls"

A classic first person account of DID. Truddi's work has been read by many generations. Great book!

 
"Flock"

A newer first person account. Many clients have told me they found this book useful.

           
 
"The Magic Castle"

This book is written by a former school teacher who took in a troubled boy, "Alex," as a foster child. Alex had 8 personalities. Painful account by a parent.

 
"The Minds of Billy Milligan"

A non-fiction book about Billy Milligan who had Dissociative Identity Disorder and whose alters (some) committed violent crimes - multiple rapes. Can be highly triggering.

   

 

Books for Children & Child Alters
 
"The Silver Boat"

The only book written for children who have Dissociative Identity Disorder. This book helps them understand what will happen in therapy.

 
"The Silver Boat II"

Another journey commonly experienced by kids in therapy who have Dissociative Identity Disorder.

 
"The Silver Boat Coloring Book"

Based on the book, "The Silver Boat II" Great for kids and child alters!

           
 
"My Mom is Different"

Book written for children whose parent has Dissociative Identity Disorder.

 
"The Girl in the Shed"

This book is a collection of poems and writings by a survivor of Satanic Ritual Abuse. Good for child alters.  WARNING! This book can be triggering. Not to be used with young children.

   

 

For Significant Others
 
"Someone I Know Has Multiple Personalities: A Book for Significant Others: Family, Friends, and Caring Professionals"

Great book for significant others. It is important to pay attention to the needs of everyone impacted by DID.
 

 
"Understanding Dissociative Disorders: A Guide for Family Physicians and Health Care Workers"

Critically important book for any doctor treating someone with a dissociative disorder.

   

 

Satanic Ritual Abuse/Cult Abuse
 
"Suffer the Child"

This book has often been used to train therapists about Satanic Ritual Abuse. A patient's story of SRA. Can be triggering.

 
"Drawn Swords: My Victory Over Childhood Ritual Abuse"

First person account of surviving and overcoming Ritual Abuse. Jeanne now heads up Mr. Light & Associates, an organization that educates professionals and law enforcement on Ritual Abuse.

 
"Unshackled: A Survivors Story of Mind Control"

The author was once an assassin, prostitute and human guinea pig for satanic rituals and "experiments." She was a part of a criminal network that included a number of organizations and cults. A true account of "Manchurian Candidate" style mind-control techniques that create alter-states in unwitting victims, to perform deeds that are normally repugnant.

           
 
"Safe Passage to Healing"

A book about healing from Satanic Ritual Abuse. While SRA is highly controversial and must be treated carefully, this book is reported to be a relief for SRA survivors. I have not read this book.

 
"Reaching the Light: A Guide for Ritual Abuse Survivors and Their Therapists"

A non-triggering book about ritual abuse and healing from it. I have not read it personally.

 
"The Girl in the Shed"

This book is a collection of poems and writings by a survivor of Satanic Ritual Abuse. Good for child alters.  WARNING! This book can be triggering. Not to be used with young children.

 

For Professionals
 
"The Stranger in the Mirror"

Dr. Steinberg is a leading authority on Dissociative Identity Disorder. She documents her theory about Dissociative Identity Disorder in this book. She developed one of the key assessment tools utilized to assess clients with dissociative disorders.

 
"The Diagnosis and Treatment of Multiple Personality Disorder."

While this book may be older, Dr. Frank Putnam continues to be one of the leading authorities about the treatment of DID.

 
"Dissociation in Children and Adolescents"

This book is an examination of the development of dissociative disorders in childhood. It helps the reader understand the origins of Dissociative Disorders

           
 
"Treating Dissociative Identity Disorders"

A good overview of the treatment of DID. Some very useful interventions. I recommend it but find that Dr. Putnam's books have been the most influential for me.

"The Dissociative Child: Diagnosis, Treatment and Management"

A fantastic addition to the professional series of books about dissociation! A critically important book about identifying and treating children with pathological dissociation. Important!

 
"International Society for the Study of Dissociation: Treatment Guidelines"

Absolute Must for anyone working with dissociative disorders. Can be downloaded free from ISST-D website:

www.isst-d.org

           
 
"Cult and Ritual Abuse: Its History, Anthropology, and Recent Discovery in Contemporary America"

While there is a lot of skepticism about ritual and cult abuse, it is a topic that cannot be ignored when working with survivors of extreme abuse. Important for therapists to review.

 
Satanic Ritual Abuse: A Guide for Therapists"

Dee Brown's book is a controversial book written specifically for therapists working with SRA survivors. I found this book to be very helpful!

 
"The Dilemma of Ritual Abuse: Cautions and Guides for Therapists"

Critical book for any therapist or professional working with a Ritual Abuse Survivor. Its focus is ensuring appropriate treatment for Ritual Abuse Survivors. MUST READ!

           
 
"Blasphemous Rumors: Is Satanic Ritual Abuse Fact or Fiction? An Investigation"

An investigation into ritual abuse in England, where much of the cults in the US originated. Very interesting book.