Book: Mending the Shattered Mirror - A Journey of Recovery from Abuse in Therapy by Analie Shepherdcategories: Book, Memoir, Child Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Psychotherapy, Multiple Personalities, Dissociative Identity Disorder, PTSD, Recovery from Abuse, Spiritual Abuse, Emotional Abuse, Abuse
Analie Shepherdabout this book: There was a time, a few short years ago, when I did not exist. My abusing therapist had taken over my soul, my heart, my life … my everything. I only existed in her opinion and view of me. For four years she had loved me, showering me with attention, pulling me into a deeper and deeper dependency upon her. Eventually, she turned on me and became as abusive as she had been loving. When I finally understood how terribly I was being abused, I desperately reached out for help. I found an online support group, Therapy Exploitation Link Line, and connected with volunteer responder Laurie, a retired psychiatrist who had been, many years ago, sexually abused in therapy.
Through Laurie's wisdom, compassion, and strength, I was finally able to leave my abusive therapist. Laurie and I continued writing and I slowly came to understand the horror of what had happened to me. As I looked back on those emails, I realized there was a heart-wrenching, yet beautiful story contained within them. My journey of recovery was chronicled within our communication, as well as the story of both of our experiences of abuse within therapy. I determined to turn those emails into a story that could be shared with others. Thus, Mending the Shattered Mirror was conceived. It became a labor of love into which I poured myself: heart, mind, and soul.
My story is complicated by the fact that I have Dissociative Identity Disorder, more commonly known as Multiple Personalities. The abuse perpetrated against my seven alter personalities, by my therapist, is an important part of my story, and their voices, poetry, and artwork are part of the book.
Mending the Shattered Mirror: A Journey of Recovery from Abuse in Therapy, is an important book. Victims of abuse in therapy are doubly wounded as their lives collapse in silence in the midst of a society that has no reference to understand their horrific experience. My hope is that my book can give these victims a voice, and be the beginning of a broader understanding of this shocking abuse. Through my journey of healing, and the writing of this book, my soul has mended … the scars will exist forever, but I exist again. My book is the gift of myself.
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