chapter  6
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The Nature of the Therapeutic Relationship

As with all therapeutic relationships, the relationship between the therapist and the client with DID is built on a foundation of mutual trust and respect. The problem is that mutual trust and respect may be particularly difficult to establish with these clients for a variety of reasons. As survivors of trauma, these clients, or at least certain personalities within the system, have learned from their experiences to be deeply distrustful. If they were hmt during childhood parents or by other adults in positions of authority (such as extended family members, other caregivers, teachers, or clergy), they may be especially likely to distrust someone who would normally be expected to look out for their best interests, such as a therapist.