Dissociative Disorders

Dissociative disorders (DD) are mental conditions characterized by disturbances or breakdowns of memory, awareness, identity, or perception. Typically, dissociative disorders occur as a coping mechanism for the brain to deal with a situation too upsetting for the conscious mind to process. Dissociative disorders are thought to be primarily caused by trauma or abuse, causing the individual to escape reality in involuntary and pathological ways. They can also be caused by things like stress or substance abuse. There are three main types of dissociative disorders: 1. dissociative amnesia and/or fugue: selective amnesia of a specific time, person or event. 2. Dissociative identity disorder: an indistinct or distorted sense of identity. 3. Depersonalization disorder: a feeling of being detached from yourself. If you think you may be suffering from a dissociative disorder, reach out to one of TherapyDen’s experts today.

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Dissociative disorders are more common than many realize. Because I specialize in trauma, and dissociation is a very common and primal response to trauma, I have training in this area, with sensitivity to complex trauma, RA, and other somatic trauma responses.

— Anya Surnitsky, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in ,

My area of expertise is the Dissociative Disorders. I am a member in good standing of ISST-D (The International Society for the Study of Trauma & Dissociation). I am trained in Dr. Frank Corrigan's Deep Brain Reorienting Therapy, & am an EMDRIA Approved Consultant, Sensorimotor Psychotherapist & Ego State Therapist. I work with experiencers of: Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) Dissociative Amnesia/Unspecified Dissociative Disorder OSDD/Depersonalization/Derealization PNES & FNSD

— Cheri Yadon, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Poulsbo, WA
 

Dissociative disorders are mental disorders that involve experiencing a disconnection and lack of continuity between thoughts, memories, surroundings, actions and identity. People with dissociative disorders escape reality in ways that are involuntary and unhealthy and cause problems with functioning in everyday life.

— Rosa Shetty, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Burbank, CA

Dissociation exists on a spectrum, and is often a survival strategy implemented to deal with significant trauma, pain, and distress. In helping survivors with dissociative symptoms and experiences, I utilize a trauma-informed lens including structural dissociation model, sensorimotor psychotherapy (body-oriented), and mindfulness.

— Krystal Ying, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Rosa, CA
 

As a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, my focus is on working with dissociative disorders, including Dissociative Identity Disorder (formerly called "multiple personality disorder"). In this work, you and I will focus on decreasing the effects of the dissociation on your present day life rather than on remembering the details of the traumatic events, which could be re-traumatizing. We can't change the past, but we CAN change how it affects you now.

— Alicia Polk, Licensed Professional Counselor in Belton, MO

Complex trauma or traumatic histories are at the heart of dissociative disorders. People often struggle in fear, feeling broken, and as if there are not in control of themselves or their lives. You may feel alone, isolated, unwanted, and worthless. But there is hope for change and healing. I work with all kinds of dissociative disorders, and have a major focus on working with individuals living with Dissociative Identity Disorder. If you are struggling with DID-- please reach out.

— James Nole, Counselor in Seattle, WA
 

Mental health and medical practitioners are typically taught little about dissociation, with the effect of making it challenging, and at times, invalidating to seek support for an issue few truly understand. I'm passionate about helping people who dissociate and want you to know that I know without a doubt that DID and other dissociative issues are real. Your experience will be honored and respected, and I have the knowledge and training to help you feel whole. You, and your parts, are welcome

— Allison Gilson, Clinical Psychologist in Ann Arbor, MI

I treat dissociative concerns through a “parts work” lens which honors and explores each of the internal parts of a system. We often set goals of working towards improvement on internal collaboration and communication between parts. I work with dissociation across the spectrum including structural dissociation diagnoses such as DID and OSDD.

— Angela Harris, Mental Health Counselor in Dallas, TX
 

Dissociative disorders are mental disorders that involve experiencing a disconnection and lack of continuity between thoughts, memories, surroundings, actions and identity. People with dissociative disorders escape reality in ways that are involuntary and unhealthy and cause problems with functioning in everyday life.

— Rosa Shetty, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Burbank, CA

I have eight years of experience in treating dissociative disorders, attachment issues, and complex PTSD.

— Scott Hoye, Psychologist in Chicago, IL
 

Dissociation can manifest in a variety of ways, all of which can feel disconcerting and overwhelming. I have extensive training and experience in working with individuals who feel 'outside themselves' and not fully apart of their day to day lives.

— Morgan Grace, Psychotherapist in Austin, TX

Dissociative disorders, including DID, are at times hotly debated, even amongst mental health professionals. I have experience working with clients who have been diagnosed with DID, and you can expect empathy, support, understanding, and an approach that is tailored to you and not a blanket approach to your diagnosis.

— Fiona Crounin, Licensed Professional Counselor in , TX
 

I am certified in trauma and trauma informed stabilization treatment which helps people struggling with dissociation and fragmentation to become more present and aware.

— Kelly Price, Licensed Mental Health Counselor