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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I have experience in inpatient and outpatient settings working with broad Dissociative Disorders. Most of my experience is with Dissociative Identity Disorder helping either newly diagnosed clients or clients that have been diagnosed for a longer time. I also have experience working with Depersonalization/Derealization and helping clients reconnect with their bodies and emotions.

— Jeremy Cooper, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Richardson, TX

I have attended multiple trainings on working with dissociative disorders and participate in an ongoing consultation group for therapists working with dissociative disorders. I have worked with individuals with symptoms of derealization and depersonalization and I have treated multiple people who have Dissociative Identity Disorder.

— Stephanie Holtgrefe, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in West Chester, OH
 

I have experience with, and passion for working with people who struggle with dissociation including Dissociative Amnesia, Depersonalization / Derealization, OSDD, and Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID).

— Kristen Henshaw, Licensed Professional Counselor in Austin, TX

I have advance training in Dissociative Identity Disorder.

— Sandi Bohle, Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern in Pasadena, CA

The thing about dissociative disorders is that they hide, so it is likely that you may come to see me for depression or anxiety, and when we meet, you might have been previously diagnosed and treated for all kinds of disorders. It's okay, we will figure it out. It takes a lot of time and perseverance, but the worst is behind you.

— Chelle Epstein, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Miami, FL
 

I've worked with depersonalization and derealization of dissociative disorders as well as alternate identities of dissociative identity disorder, all a form of detachment and dissociation due to trauma. With the challenging nature of these disorders for clients, I feel much respect and admiration is due for their creativity in coming up with necessary survival skills and resiliency. We work to find safe ways to track, ground, and communicate between parts of the self.

— Kelley Goodwin, Licensed Professional Counselor in Roswell, GA
 

PTSD and dissociation go together like 'peas and carrots'. Most therapists are unaware of dissociation and do not know how to recognize or treat it. I assess all my clients for signs of traumatic dissociation, which can be relationally caused as well as caused from abuse and traumatic events. Healing proceeds through grounding and connection. I do not consider dissociative capacity pathological; it is a natural human gift found in abundance in highly creative and spiritual people.

— Susan Pease Banitt, Clinical Social Worker in Portland, OR