Kathy Steele

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This week Kathy Steele returns to The Trauma Therapist | Podcast and I couldn’t be more happy, and honored.

Kathy returns with the 2017 ISSTD Pierre Janet Writing Award under her arm she received for her new book, Treating Trauma-Related Dissociation: A Practical, Integrative Approach.

Kathy has been offering consultation and training for the past 30 years in the areas of complex trauma, dissociation, and attachment.

She is a sought after consultant, supervisor, and international lecturer and trainer.

Kathy is a Past President and Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation(ISSTD), and has served on the Board of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies(ISTSS), as well as served on the International Task Force that developed treatment guidelines for Dissociative Disorders.

Currently Kathy is on a Joint Task Force that is developing treatment guidelines for Complex PTSD.

Kathy has authored and co-authored numerous book chapters, journal articles, and two award winning books on trauma and dissociation with Dutch colleagues: The Haunted Self: Structural Dissociation and the Treatment of Chronic Traumatization (Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology), and her most recent work, Coping with Trauma Related Dissociation Skills Training for Patients and Therapists. This most recent work just won The Pierre Janet Writing Award from the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation last week. One of her current projects is a third book on treatment of trauma-related dissociation focused on the issues that clinicians often bring to supervision.

What Led to the Specialization of Trauma?

Kathy got into this field accidentally. She shares the story of how she began her training as a nurse, and quickly grew to love the psychiatric part of nursing. When she was getting her Master’s degree she started working in a major inner-city hospital of Atlanta where she came into contact with a lot of trauma, though as Kathy says, I didn’t get it. I didn’t understand what was going on.

This set the stage for Kathy’s first client in private practice, who happened to be someone who was highly dissociative. Slowly, through supervision and consultation, Kathy started down the pathway to being known as a someone who could work and wanted to work in this specialization.

Kathy’s Go-To Books

Interview Links

You Can Trust Yourself. Trauma Therapist | 2.0 Member. Jessica Culp
Patricia Sherman. Treating Trauma Without Drama Tele-summit.

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