Blogger’s Bio

I believe that multiple personalities and the diagnosis of Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) is a cultural artifact and generated by pop-psychology. It is a phenomenon that is proven to be born out of the relationship between therapist and client and, in some cases, is known to be harmful to patients. For additional information on my opinions and publications, please read this blog.

I believe that most professionals who work in the mental health care field are caring people who offer helpful services for their clients.

Although I was not abused during childhood I was, nevertheless, treated for over six years in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA for Dissociative Identity Disorder (multiple personalities) stemming from theories associated with repressed memory therapy allegedly due to severe childhood sexual abuse. My attending physician during that time held a medical degree (doctor of psychiatry) and was considered an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of multiple personalities, renamed Dissociative Identity Disorder, or DID and a long-term member of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD).

I hold a psychology degree; am not a psychotherapist; never have been.

Education, Studies, Volunteer Positions, Youth Sports:

  • The College of New Jersey, Bachelor’s degree, psychology
  • The College of New Jersey, Graduate studies, psychology
  • New York Times video, November 24, 2014, featured participant, Barbara Dury, Producer. Sybil: A Brilliant Hysteric?
  • Frontline: Divided Memories, documentary consultant, Ofra Bikel, Producer
  • Journalist and reporter: Candace Newmaker rebirthing therapy trial. Therapists Connell Watkins & Julie Ponder, were convicted of child abuse resulting in death after murdering 10 year-old child during treatment.
  • David Burns, M.D., Author of Feel Good: The New Mood Book, workshop participant
  • The False Memory Syndrome Foundation, volunteer
  • Crisis USA, former certified crisis phone volunteer
  • New Jersey State Psychiatric Hospital of New Jersey, Social Re-education Counselor
  • Eden Institute, Princeton, NJ, Volunteer Coordinator, agency manual creator/writer
  • Candace’s Law, testified before Colorado House and Senate in support the bill that banned the therapy in Colorado.

Writing Studies:

  • The University of Iowa, Iowa, USA: the Writer’s Summer Workshop
  • The University of Denver, Colorado, USA
  • Lighthouse Writers, Denver, Colorado, USA
  • The University of Colorado – Boulder, USA
  • Writer’s Idea Factory, Louisville, Colorado, USA

Athletics:

  • Temple University, fencing instructor
  • The College of New Jersey, fencing team, national competitor & medal recipient
  • Hungarian American Athletic Club – competitive fencer
  • Philadelphia Fencing Academy  – fencing studies
  • Salle Santelli – Maestro Santelli, fencing studies, New York City
  • Cheyenne Fencing Society and Modern Pentathlon Center, fencing instructor & studies, Denver, CO
  • South Denver Fencing Academy, fencing studies
  • United States Fencing Association, competitor & former professional member
  • Special Olympics, volunteer

Other:

  • Children’s Playground Theater, Colorado (defunct) actor, stage combat coordinator
  • Princeton Rep Company, props & set design

Professional Memberships & Affiliations

  • National Writer’s Union, New York
  • American Christian Fiction Writers, Denver, Colorado
  • False Memory Syndrome Action-Network
  • Writers Idea Factory, Louisville, Colorado

Diagnosed & Treated for multiple personalities/Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID):

  • treatment dates: 1986-1992.
  • inpatient hospitalization for 2 years, (1986-1988). Rotated in and out of private psychiatric hospital for nearly 4 years. Total treatment days for treatment for multiple personalities – 1040 days. Total inpatient years – ~ 3.
  • diagnosed by: Dr. Stratford, M.D. * & Dr. Richard Kluft, M.D., Philadelphia, PA, USA.

Legal Wranglings:

  • filed a medical malpractice and negligence lawsuit against Dr. Stratford* and the hospital where he was employed in Philadelphia, PA
  • settled 2 days before trial
  • have a partial gag-order which means I may not disclose the true name of the treating psychiatrist or the hospital where the events took place. Otherwise I am free to write and talk about my case.

* a pseudonym

Last Updated 12-07-14.

 

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