chapter  9
12 Pages

The shoemaker and the elves

ByVALERIE SINASON

Here is an initial meeting with a young woman with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). I have the permission of all whose experiences are described. I must also preface this at one alter's request (who wishes to be called Rowan) that Anna's multiplicity was only revealed to me so speedily in a ®rst session because I was trusted. `We would never normally show ourselves on a ®rst meeting', she insisted. Everyone also wished to make clear that they gave permission for me to write this paper for publication and for open debate, with background disguises, because `after all, we only knew about you because you were willing to talk and write books'. No ®rst session before or since provided such a remarkable moment of integration.