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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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 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 work with people who may experience derealization, depersonalization, or don't feel connected to body, space, and/or time. Dissociation is a spectrum that ranges from very mild symptoms through to forms of dissociative identify disorder. The important thing to know is this is what we humans do, you're not"crazy." Some of us may need more help to feel grounded and/or present. Treatment modalities include EMDR with Ego State and embodied skills practices.

— Teresa Petersen, Clinical Social Worker in Houston, 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 Associate in Round Rock, TX
 

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

In our work together I can help you: -uncover and remember what is beautiful and whole about yourself -attune and respond to the deep wisdom of your body -make meaning of your (automatic/autonomic) brain and body reactions -respond more flexibly when triggered, activated, flooded, frozen -compassionately attend to shame and trauma responses -deepen your capacity for presence with experiences that may now feel intolerable -discover what healing looks and feels like in your body/mind/spirit/heart

— horizon greene, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Seattle, 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

Whether it is one event or repeated dissociative episodes, dissociation can be frightening. Clients with dissociative problems may feel like they are robots moving through their lives, face extreme energy loss, and may have problems with memory.

— Whitney Davison, Therapist in Lee's Summit, MO
 

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