Emma Sunshaw (Dr. E) of System Speak

On YouTube at https://youtu.be/q8lysG9j_hg

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What is the Polyvagal Theory - and what is it NOT? Why is is such a big deal? What does it have to do with trauma and dissociation? How is it helpful for survivors to understand, and how is it often misunderstood or misapplied by clinicians? Learn the history behind the latest development in neuroscience, and get the story behind the latest rage in research.


Emma Sunshaw, PhD, earned her B.S. in Human Development, her M.S. in Professional Counseling, and her PhD specialized in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in two states, as well as a certified chaplain. She has been in private practice since 2004, with additional experience in ER triage, inpatient psychiatric, residential treatment, school-based, and outpatient settings. In presenting for this conference, she is sharing information and experience only, and not providing any medical or therapeutic advice.

Emma and her system were diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder by a licensed therapist and psychiatrist following inpatient treatment for a significant fugue experience and related trauma issues. Prior to this experience, Emma had functioned well for twenty years as a doctorate level clinician, until both her parents passed away. The layers of this experience triggered a collapse of protective walls that had thus far sustained them internally, leading them to seek treatment. Finding appropriate and quality treatment was more difficult than expected, and Emma now travels four hours from home for weekly two-hour sessions.

Emma and her system began their global podcast, System Speak, when they recognized the need for an ongoing DID-related podcast to educate themselves and others. System Speak is about documenting one journey, educating many, and finding her own voice. It is about finding a way to bridge the gap between survivor and clinician. It is about advocacy, fighting stigma, and adding substance and quality and rawness to the online conversation regarding trauma in general, and Dissociative Identity Disorder specifically.

System Speak podcast is available on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, and most other players, as well as the website https://www.SystemSpeak.org.