1st Edition

Cognitive Behavioural Approaches to the Understanding and Treatment of Dissociation

ISBN 9780415687775
Published July 24, 2013 by Routledge
336 Pages 38 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The study of dissociation is relevant to anyone undertaking research or treatment of mental health problems. Cognitive Behavioural Approaches to the Understanding and Treatment of Dissociation uses a cognitive approach to de-mystify the processes involved in linking traumatic incidents to their effects.

Kennedy, Kennerley and Pearson present a full and comprehensive understanding of mental health problems involving dissociative disorders and their treatment, bringing together an international range of experts. Each chapter addresses a single topic in full, including assessment of previous research from a cognitive perspective, recommendations for treatment and case studies to illustrate clinical approaches. Using an evidence-based scientific approach combined with the wisdom of clinical experience, the authors make the relevance of dissociation immediately recognisable to those familiar with PTSD, dissociative identity disorder, eating disorders, hallucinations and a wide range of psychological and non-organic physical health disorders.

Designed to provide new perspectives on both research and treatment, Cognitive Behavioural Approaches to the Understanding and Treatment of Dissociation includes a wide range of material that will appeal to clinicians, academics and students.

Table of Contents

Dedication. Foreword. How to Use This Book. Preface. Kennedy & Kennerley, Chapter 1: The Development of Our Understanding of Dissociation. Kennedy, Chapter 2: Dissociation, Personality and Psychopathology: a Cognitive Approach. Pearson, Chapter 3: Can the Foundations of Dissociation be Found in Childhood? Kennerley & Kischka, Chapter 4: The Brain and Memory. Kennerley & Kischka, Chapter 5: The Brain, Neuropsychology and Dissociation. Stopa, Chapter 6: Imagery and Dissociation. Huntjens, Dorahy & van Wees-Cieraad, Chapter 7: Dissociation and Memory Fragmentation. Mountford, Chapter 8: The Eating Disorders and Dissociation. Newman Taylor & Sambrook, Chapter 9: The Role of Dissociation in Psychosis; Implications for Clinical Practice. Brown, Chapter 10: Dissociation and Somatoform Disorders. Haaland & Landrø, Chapter 11: Dissociative Experiences in Patients with Borderline Personality Disorder. Hunter, Chapter 12: Understanding and Treating Depersonalization Disorder. Cowdrill, Chapter 13: Unravelling the Mystery of Dissociative Identity Disorder: A Case Example and Therapist’s Journey. Gilbert, Chapter 14: An Evolutionary and Compassion Focused Approach to Dissociation. Van der Hart & Steele, Chapter 15: Trauma-related Dissociation: Theory and Treatment of Dissociation of the Personality. Mansell & Carey, Chapter 16: Dissociation: Perceptual Control Theory as an Integrative Framework for Clinical Interventions. Donnelly & Neziroglu, Chapter 17 Dissociation from an Acceptance Oriented Standpoint. Kennedy, Kennerley & Pearson, Chapter 18 Summary and Conclusions. Glossary. Index.

List of Contributors: Richard Brown, Timothy Carey, Vivia Cowdrill, Katherine Donnelly, Martin Dorahy, Paul Gilbert, Vegard Haaland, Elaine Hunter, Rafaele Huntjens, Fiona Kennedy, Helen Kennerley, Udo Kischka, Nils Landro, Warren Mansell, Victoria Mountford, Katherine Newman-Taylor, Fugen Neziroglu, David Pearson, Suzanne Sambrook, Kathy Steele, Lusia Stopa, Onno Van der Hart, Rineke van Wees-Cieraad.

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Fiona Kennedy, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, was formerly an NHS Director of Psychology and is now MD of GreenWood Mentors Ltd. She has published on dissociation and specializes clinically in adult survivors of trauma, personality disorder and dissociation.

Helen Kennerley, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, is a founder member of the Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre and Director of the Diploma/MSc in Advanced Cognitive Therapy Studies. She is an experienced clinician specializing in childhood trauma, dissociative disorders and self-injurious behaviours.

David Pearson, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, is a specialist in child and adolescent mental health, formerly an NHS Head of Psychology and Honorary Tutor at the University of Southampton. He has published in a number of peer-reviewed journals.



'This fresh, in-depth overview of dissociation aims to uncover its various guises and to provide a comprehensive "clinician friendly" text. The book comes from a CBT perspective and the editors are well known and respected in this field. They bring a welath of knowledge and experience in both childhood and adult disturbance. I was impressed by the breadth of information and research of the 18 chapters present on dissociation in its many manifestations... This book is refreshing because it explains dissociation, seeks to demystify it and explains how it can be worked with in therapy... [A] very helpful and long overdue guide to call on for my own clinical work.'

-Caz Binstead, private practice, London, Therapy Today

'This book offers timely and necessary help for clinicians, researchers and students who are not specialists in the field of dissociation to improve their understanding of the wide range of dissociative symptoms and how to treat them.'

- Arnoud Arntz, from the foreword