For, by, and about people with multiplicity, dissociation, and amnesia



Sarah loans out her personal library as a DI resource to anyone for a refundable deposit. You can collect and drop off via SHINE SA, Woodville if you live near Adelaide, or through the post if you are further away. Contact Sarah via email sarah @ to arrange or ask for recommened books for a particular topic.

Donations are gratefully received! More resources can be found through organisations such as Victim Support Services, or often purchased inexpensively from sites such as Book Depository.

If you’re looking for information about multiplicity, we recommend starting with:

  • First Person Plural, Cameron West (memoir)
  • The Dissociative Identity Disorder Sourcebook, Deborah Haddock (great introduction and overview)
  • Got Parts?, by ATW (great introduction by a multiple)
  • Dear Little Ones, by Jade Miller (Youtube reading here)
  • The Flock, Joan Francis Casey, Lynn Wilson (sarah’s review)
  • The Plurality PlaybookIrenes and FreyasSpirit (free online resource for employers of people who are multiple)

More books about multiplicity or dissociation:

  • Treating Dissociative Identity Disorder, Sarah Y. Krakauer (Collective Heart model, written for therapists but the concepts can be used for self help too)
  • A Fractured Mind, Robert B. Oxnam
  • Breaking Free, Herschel Walker
  • Today I’m Alice, Alice Jamieson
  • Fractured, Ruth Dee
  • Rebuilding Shattered Lives, James A. Chu
  • When Rabbit Howls, The Troops for Truddi Chase
  • Little Girl Fly Away, Gene Stone
  • Katherine, It’s Time, Kit Castle and Stefan Bechtel
  • A Life in Pieces, Richerd K. Baer
  • All of Me, Kim Noble
  • Five Farewells, Liz Elliot
  • The Sum of My Parts, Olga R. Trujillo
  • Self Therapy, Jay Earley (Inner Family Systems Therapy approaches for anyone to use)

Books about PTSD, trauma, or abuse recovery:

  • Trauma and Recovery, Judith Herman (still unsurpassed as the best introduction to trauma, it is written for therapists however and therefore technical and dense)
  • Treating Attachment Disorders, Karl Heinz Brisch (full of helpful case studies and success stories)
  • 8 Keys to Safe Trauma Recovery, Babette Rothschild (excellent and accessible resource, each Key stands alone and the book can be read in any order)
  • Victims No Longer, Mike Lew (the dynamics and recovery for male victims of CSA)
  • Facing the Wolf, Theresa Sheppard Alexander (analysis of brief depth focused therapy by both therapist and patient showing the value of confronting hidden wounds and reflecting on them in a safe space)
  • Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor E Frankl (profound explanation of human survival linked to relationship and meaning by a Jewish psychiatrist interned in a Nazi camp)
  • Sickened, Julie Gregory (memoir of an abusive MBP mother, particularly interesting for the recovery process and establishing a new identity)
  • Stalking the Soul, Marie-France Hirigoyen (myth busting exploration of the dynamics of domestic abuse, why it happens, what it means, and how to get out)
  • Stepping out of the shadows, published by Yarrow Place
  • Trauma Model Therapy, Colin A Ross
  • New Shoes, Rebecca Mitchell
  • Understanding Trauma, Roger Baker
  • The PTSD Workbook, Mary Beth Williams, Soili Poijula
  • The Courage to Heal, Ellen Bass & Laura Davis
  • Beginning to Heal, Ellen Bass & Laura Davis
  • The Sexual Healing Journey, Wendy Maltz
  • Re-Authoring Lives: Interviews and Essays, Michael White (the power of story to both block and heal after trauma)
  • Hold Me Tight, Sue Johnson (adult attachment approach to strengthening romantic relationships)

Books about voice hearing, psychosis, or schizophrenia:

  • Unshrinking Psychosis, John Watkins (exploring psychosis from many perspectives including break down, break through, spiritual awakening, and more)
  • The Voice Inside; A practical guide for and about people who hear voices, Paul Baker
  • Working with Voices II; Victim to victor, Ron Coleman & Mike Smith
  • Living with Voices; 50 stories of recovery, Prof Marius Romme, Escher, Dillon, Corstens, Morris
  • Children Hearing Voices; What you need to know and what you can do, Dr Sandra Escher & Prof. Dr. Marius Romme
  • DVD Knowing you, knowing you, Working to Recovery ltd  “Eleanor Logden’s personal story of recovery, her journey through the psychiatric system, to becoming an award winning psychologist working in mental health. Eleanor talks candidly about her experience of abuse, self-harm and voice hearing. This DVD is challenging, inspirational and full of hope.”
  • DVD 1st and 2nd World Hearing Voices Congress 2009-2010, Working to Recovery ltd “Voice hearers, mental health workers and family members from across the world met to share messages of hope and positive action. Presentations focused on important aspects of the recovery process and discussed difficult issues such as the disease concept and the use of medication.”
  • DVD How to Start and Run a Hearing Voices Group, Working to Recovery ltd “Produced to help anyone interested in setting up or running a hearing voices group. The DVD covers a number of issues that will help facilitators and those who wish to become facilitators.”
  • DVD SET Recovery from Psychosis Conference, Perth November 2008
    1. “Hearing Voices and the Complexity of Mental Health Issues from an Aboriginal Perspective” Dr. Helen Milroy (Australia)
    2. “The Personal is Political” Jaqui Dillion (England)
    3. “Hearing Voices with Children” Dr. Sandra Escher (Holland)
    4. “Voice Dialogue” Dr. Dirk Corstens (The Netherlands)
    5. “Understanding Psychosis” John Watkins (Australia)
    6. “Making Recovery Happen: From Rhetoric to Reality” Ron Coleman & Karen Taylor (Scotland)
    7. “Recovery with Voices: A Report on a Study with 50 Recovered Voice Hearers” Prof. Dr. Marius Romme (Holland)
    8. “Recovery from Psychosis: What Helps and What Hinders?” Lyn Mahboub & Mariene Janssen (Australia)
    9. “Working with Voice Hearers in Social Psychiatry” Trevor Eyles (Denmark)

Books more broadly about mental health or life:

  • Love and Survival, Dean Ornish (discovering that loneliness is a far greater health risk than almost any other behaviour even though we focus more on things like healthy eating or not smoking)
  • 8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder, Carolyn Costin & Gwen Schubert Grabb (first chapter uses a parts based approach to the ‘healthy self’ and ‘eating disordered self’)
  • Follow Your Heart, Andrew Matthews
  • The Yipping Tiger, Perminder Sachdev
  • The Broken Mirror, Katharine A Phillips
  • Panic Free, Lynne Freeman
  • Women and Anxiety, Helen DeRosis
  • Journeys with the Black Dog, ed. Tessa Wigney, Kerrie Eyers & Gordon Parker
  • The Art of Being, Constance Rhodes
  • The Brain that Changes Itself, Norman Doidge
  • There’s Something I have to Tell You, Charles Foster (excellent exploration of how to disclose difficult news in a supportive way, and with the best chance of getting a good response)
  • Understanding Panic Attacks and Overcoming Fear, Roger Baker
  • Overcoming Borderline Personality Disorder, Valerie Porr (excellent exploration of family dynamics when someone is chaotic and intense – it doesn’t blame and does offer practical strategies)
  • The Dance of Intimacy, Harriet Lerner
  • The Dance of Deception, Harriet Lerner
  • Safe People, Cloud and Townsend (Christian perspective on how to find – and be – a safe person)
  • Who’s Pushing Your Buttons, Dr John Townsend (Christian perspective on control and enabling in relationships)
  • The Magic of Make Believe, Lee Pascoe (hypnotherapist perspective on finding hidden inner resources through play and pretending)
  • I just want you to be Happy, Rowe Bennett Tonge
  • Exuberance, Kay Redfield Jamison (exploring emotion, mania, and hypomania)
  • Women who run with the Wolves, Clarissa Pinkola Estes (story and myth as tools for navigating relationships, power, and soul)
  • The Soul’s Code, James Hillman
  • Raising Real People, creating a resilient family, Andrew Fuller

Children’s picture-books:

  • A colour of his own, Leo Lionni
  • My Many Coloured Days, by Dr Seuss
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