So I received some news this past week that I haven’t shared yet. My therapist tried contacting a colleague of hers to see if she had any experience treating someone with DID. Her colleague did not but pointed out that there is a new psychiatrist in town that specializes in trauma. My therapist just happens to have other clients that go to this psychiatrist so she felt comfortable enough contacting her about me, minus the revealing details of course. IT turns out that the new psychiatrist worked in a large city and was involved in a women’s program that dealt extensively with trauma which inevitably included patients with DID. Imagine that! A psychiatrist in our little city with such experience. It’s like winning the lottery in a way. My therapist was glad to find this out so she set up a referral for me. The new psychiatrist has agreed to do a consultation to see if she’d be willing to take me on as a full-time client. She is now in private practice which allows her to be selective about her caseload giving her more control over her schedule. I understand this. I just find it quite miraculous that I’ve finally found someone who has seen this disorder before.
My current therapist is a social worker with 20 years under her belt dealing with all manner of things. She understands trauma and has been really good for me so far. The new psychiatrist indicated that she would only consider taking me on if I was fairly stable and had a good sense of grounding and being present. So my current therapist and I are working on making sure I have the grounding down pat. As we went through a few techniques together I was actually surprised at how much I knew already. Of course knowing it intellectually and putting it into practice are two totally different things.
Anyway, I’m very excited about this new development. It will likely take a couple of months to get the actual appointment but that’s better than the years I waited for my current treatment. I’m so very thankful for my current therapist. If you are reading this… please know that.
Until next time,