Donald B. Beere  |  Retired


Dissociative Disorders



I was a practicing clinical psychologist for 43 years. I taught about, supervised, trained and worked directly with most presenting problems. I was trained in hypnosis during graduate school, began to use hypnosis in my clinical work, and then taught a hypnotherapy course to doctoral students at CMU. In the latter half of my professional work, I specialized in the treatment of trauma and, in particular, the dissociative disorders.  One of these disorders used to be called multiple personality disorder. I developed a specialty in using a specific treatment technique called Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Over the last 20 years of my clinical work, I had many mental health professionals coming to me for consultation and training. I was invited to do numerous inservice trainings to mental health groups on my areas of specialty. 

I integrated many different therapeutic approaches in my treatment approach, and my consultation and teaching. These included behavioral, autogenic training, cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, non-directive, psychodynamic and humanistic-existential ways of responding. I also used a wide variety of  anxiety reduction techniques such as progressive relaxation and the relaxation response,

In 1997 I was awarded a Diplomate in Clinical Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology, the most prestigious award possible for a practicing psychologist.