UK Network

Division of Clinical Psychology


“Understanding Alters”

Presenter: – Dr Mike Lloyd

Through a series of videotaped clips of actual therapy sessions with people who have Dissociative Identity Disorder, Mike will offer thoughts about the meaning behind why an alter emerges. The session is presented to invite discussion from the group. While differing views exist about how to work with alters, it is recognised that each has meaning that can provide understanding, which is then used to try and help the person move forward. The clips demonstrate the ‘switch’ and behaviour of alters, allowing the viewer to consider why the alter is present and what they are attempting to communicate. Consent has been given by the people filmed for the clips to be used in the workshop. As clips are of real therapy sessions, some caution may be advised for attendees who may be distressed by seeing filmed dissociation during the workshop.

Dr Mike Lloyd works as a Chartered Clinical Psychologist for the Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust as well as in private practice. He works in adult community mental health settings, responsible for assessment and treatment of a range of mental health conditions, including dissociative and complex trauma disorders. Mike has recently published cost effectiveness outcomes data in the Journal of Trauma and Dissociation. Mike is also a contributor to the two First Person Plural training DVDs on dissociation, and lectures on the North West clinical psychology doctoral training courses as well as being a UK contact for ESTD.