Bridgeway Counseling Treats Multiple Personalities & Dissociative Identity Disorder: Idaho, USA

From the website:

Founded in 2001 by Frank Shull.

The agency was first known as “My Counselor,” and counseling was our only service. In the decade that followed we added psychiatric evaluations and psychiatric medication management to our services.

Frank’s goal has been to create a psychiatric / mental health agency that would treat every patient with dignity and give professional, first-rate care. Our Counselor, Social Worker, Psychiatric Medical Clinician, and Office Staff are highly-trained and very friendly. We understand that for many people, visiting a mental health professional can be a stressful experience. Whether you come to us for marriage or couples counseling, depression, anxiety, or to bring a family member in “for their issues, such as anger or hyperactivity, we do our best to make each of your visits as enjoyable as possible.”

Frank E. Shull, M.Ed., LCPC earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Lewis Clark State College at Lewiston, Idaho. He completed his Masters degree training from University of Idaho at Moscow, Idaho.

Frank is credentialed as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), the highest counselor licensure in Idaho. He is a State of Idaho Certified Supervisor for other mental health professionals seeking supervision.

Dissociative Identity Disorder

Previously known as Multiple Personality Disorder, Dissociative Identity Disorder is characterized by the presence of two or more distinct personality states that sometimes have power over the person’s behavior, thinking, or feeling. With dissociative identity disorder, there’s is an inability to recall key personal information that is too far-reaching to be explained as mere forgetfulness. There are also highly distinct memory variations, which change with each specific personality.

The “alters” or different identities may have their own age, sex, or race. Each may have his or her own postures, gestures, and distinct way of talking. Sometimes the alters are thought of as people. As each personality takes control of the individuals’ behavior and thoughts, a ‘switch’ is occurring. Switching can take seconds, minutes, or days.

Dissociative Identity Disorder is often misdiagnosed, because it is misunderstood by many medical and mental health professionals. When that happens, the most common misdiagnosis includes one or more of the following: Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, or Schizophrenia. Having the wrong diagnosis will lead to years of medication administration for the patient without any understanding of the true nature of the problem.”

http://bridgewaycounseling.us

Retrieved 03/29/12. Bold font not by blogger.

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  1. avalon111

     /  04/03/2012

    Another notable facet is that although DID is supposed to be the rarest of the dissociative disorders, ‘Frank’ doesn’t bother with the messy bit of dealing with them. Instead we go straight for the ‘sexy’ one – DID/MPD

    So no

    Dissociative Amnesia Dissociative
    Dissociative Fugue Dissociative disorder.
    Depersonalization Disorder
    Dissociative Disorder NOS

    It would be interesting to be able to find just how many therapists and psychiatrists are dedicated to just DID as a proportion of those who diagnose and treat other dissociative disorders.

    Or is there perhaps a tendency to ‘upgrade’? Say persuade/diagnose the client to exchange that dull and boring plain old dissociative disorder with a brand-spanking new gee-whizzy go-faster-striped dissociative identity disorder, not least if it presents the opportunity to get the client to speak of sadistic sado-masochistic sex in the voice of a 5-year-old?

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    • Altus

       /  04/04/2012

      Poke around the web and you’ll find plenty of therapists treating (creating?) DID. Talk about going for the sexy, this woman starts of her discussion of DID with a TV show! http://evelynwenzel.com/?cat=102
      Then she goes on to pitch a group she is forming for DID. So much for it being rare. How do you find enough DID cases in Orlando FL to make a support group? From the page:

      “Group therapy often is a good place for people to learn more about their diagnosis and engage in interventions designed specifically for their disorder.”

      Have these people learned nothing about how DID works as virus in group situation as people start to “educate” each other on how to act?

      I don’t know if anyone else has noticed this, but these DID “therapists” seem to be much older, Frank here, http://therapists.psychologytoday.com/rms/name/Frank_E_Shull_MEd,LCPC,NCC_Lewiston_Idaho_99883
      the woman’s web page I posted, the therapist being sued at Castlewood all appear to be 60ish. It’s like they read the old repressed memory text book (attended the same workshops?) from decades ago and held onto it.

      Maybe there is hope for the future as these people retire.

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      • Thank you for the links, Altus.

        Group therapy? A terrific place to learn how-to have multiple personalities. Other places to go? Internet chat rooms, yahoo groups.

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      • Altus

         /  04/04/2012

        Whoops, I take that back that these folks who treat DID are older. Here is a younger woman who claims to treat a lot of things, but she is “certified” in DID…what?!?! It gets better. Read the right hand side of her page and it says, “I also have experience with …
        Gambling
        Conflict Resolution
        Peak Performance
        Divorce
        Prostitution…”

        http://www.emdrtherapistnetwork.com/laila.narsi.specialties

        WOW! It’s either the layout of the site or her sentence construction, but those are some pretty wild claims for a “therapist” to be publicly making.

        Startling claims aside, one wonders about the quality of care you would receive from someone who claims to treat any any all of the things listed on her page.As you say, Jeanette, buyer beware!

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      • avalon111

         /  04/05/2012

        Evelyn Wenzel’s site is a good find.

        She lists;

        General Topics (which covers ADHD, sleep problems, bullying at school & ‘2 tips for better marital communication during conflict’
        Depression & Anxiety
        PTSD
        Self Injury
        Sex Abuse

        and

        Dissociative Identity Disorder

        and that’s it!

        Bi-polar, bpd let alone schizophrenia (with 2.2 million people in the USA alone who are sufferers) don’t get a mention.

        But instead DID/MPD is given the extra special prominance that it particularly doesn’t warrant, but does get, thanks to the fascination it engenders amongst a sizeable number of therapists and Evelyn Wenzel.

        Perhaps this simply reflects the nature of the clientele – DID patients, with or without medical insurance are just such a fantastic source for money. Until the insurance or savings run out or the penny drops, they invariably spend and spend and spend on the innumerable books, DVD’s, ‘survivor’ group conferences and therapists DID-promotion seminars, and of course the therapy sessions, foot-spas & massages, occasional psychiatric ward weekends (say during ‘Satanic holidays’) and of course group meetings (to hopefully dissuade a doubter).

        Gotta be better than dealing with someone with a serious condition!

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  2. interesting points. Trauma is a buzz word. When used, it has certain implications – like remembering events whether or not they happened. Avoiding buzz words is common yet the practice of recovering memories lives on.

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  3. Altus

     /  04/02/2012

    Scary. Somebody who studies career development is telling folks they may have been misdiagnosed (perhaps by a doctor in the past) and are actually DID? Here is the academic coursework of a counselor;

    normal human growth and development; abnormal human behavior; appraisal or assessment techniques; counseling theories; counseling methods or techniques (individual and group); research; lifestyle and career development; social, cultural and family issues; and professional orientation.

    Sounds more like what we would refer to a guidance counselor in the past and yet these folks are getting paid by insurance companies to do a medical diagnosis or potentially “correct” a doctor’s past diagnosis.

    What is really scary is how the DID definition seems to be expanding here…no mention of trauma. Sounds like anyone who mimics a few symptoms can be diagnosed.

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