whole issue of safeguarding and responsibility
The majority of professionals who work within the mental health system receive no training on trauma and dissociation, Dissociative Identity Disorder, or any tools to screen or assess levels of dissociation. Many Psychiatrists have little or no awareness that DID exists and instead give incorrect diagnosis and heavy medication.
Private Psychotherapists find it extremely difficult to get support from the NHS, and receive criticism of their ability to work with these clients. There can be accusations from the NHS that the Psychotherapist has created false memory syndrome within the client and can be reported for malpractice to their professional body.
As there are often perpetrators who are placed within these clinical professions then survivors can also be abused when taken into the mental health system or other helping professions.
There is also the issue of safeguarding. Working with clients who are suffering from ongoing abuse can be difficult for mental health and medical, social services and police due to the safeguarding of the survivor.
Therefore it is much easier to refuse to accept this abuse exists and instead turn a blind eye.
My client was seen by staff within a mental health Unit. physical examination noted many scratches, scars, fresh burn marks in the shape of a pentagram on the clients lower back and severe rape injuries. This was taken as ‘Self harm’ – even though it would have been clearly impossible for some of the injuries to have been self harm.
For many years, I think the issue was that accepting RAMC meant cracking open my own worldview. Wrapping my head around the existence and prevalence of RAMC (especially in my hometown where my kids were growing up) made MY world a different place. Once I was ready to move to that expanded view of the world, everything made sense. It was as if once the student (me) was ready, the the teachers (my clients) appeared. It’s a process and a path. I even had the books and resources but never got around to reading them until my worldview had expended. Interesting journey!
For me, it meant seeing the devastation of my own personal journey. Opening my mind to the subtleties of how people gain power has been painful and changed every piece about me. Accepting that indoctrinating unhealthy actions/messages are given and heard even as an infants seems unreal and would mean that one would have to accept the knowledge that it is everywhere – no safe ground. Not everyone is capable or wanting to admit they live in a facade or that their children might have been damaged with the very thing they thought would protect. One would also have to accept evil as having no boundaries..
After working with clients who have DID and are involved in ongoing organised sadistic abuse I can understand why therapist would refuse to work with them. My experience on several occasions has been trying to access treatment or help from statutory services, and there being no available resources or expertise to deal with the issues. I have been left to work with the client on my own. This is so isolating and difficult to work with. Throughout the work there have been threats to myself and my career. Due to issues of confidentiality its not something I can talk through with friends to get support or advice. You can feel pretty much on our own
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