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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Our remarkable nervous systems provide us with multiple ways to survive overwhelming experiences by disconnecting from our emotions, bodies, surroundings, thoughts, or actions. When this occurs during childhood it can lead to the cutting off of memories and parts of self from the rest of oneself. This can lead to a dissociative disorder marked by persistent zoning out, emotions that come out of nowhere, and critical or even cruel thoughts towards the self. Dissociation is highly treatable.

— Allison Grimes, Counselor in Cambridge, MA
 

I work with those with dissociative disorders, and actively seek monthly consultation to ensure I am providing the best care for this population.

— Joanna Filidor, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

Our remarkable nervous systems provide us with multiple ways to survive overwhelming experiences by disconnecting from our emotions, bodies, surroundings, thoughts, or actions. When this occurs during childhood it can lead to the cutting off of memories and parts of self from the presenting self. This can lead to a dissociative disorder marked by persistent zoning out, emotions that come out of nowhere, and critical or even cruel thoughts towards the self. Dissociation is highly treatable.

— Allison Grimes, Counselor in Cambridge, MA
 

Our remarkable nervous systems provide us with multiple ways to survive overwhelming experiences by disconnecting from our emotions, bodies, surroundings, thoughts, or actions. When this occurs during childhood it can lead to the cutting off of memories and parts of self from the presenting self. This can lead to a dissociative disorder marked by persistent zoning out, emotions that come out of nowhere, and critical or even cruel thoughts towards the self. Dissociation is highly treatable.

— Allison Grimes, Counselor in Cambridge, MA

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
 

Our remarkable nervous systems provide us with multiple ways to survive overwhelming experiences by disconnecting from our emotions, bodies, surroundings, thoughts, or actions. When this occurs during childhood it can lead to the cutting off of memories and parts of self from the presenting self. This can lead to a dissociative disorder marked by persistent zoning out, emotions that come out of nowhere, and critical or even cruel thoughts towards the self. Dissociation is highly treatable.

— Allison Grimes, Counselor in Cambridge, MA

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). https://praxisthriving.com/dissociation

— Kristen Henshaw, Licensed Professional Counselor in Austin, TX
 

I work with people who may experience derealization, depersonalization, and/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. Incorporated practices of trauma informed yoga, mindfulness can help us gently reconnect.

— Teresa Petersen, Clinical Social Worker in Houston, TX
 

I work with people who may experience derealization, depersonalization, and/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. Incorporated practices of trauma informed yoga, mindfulness can help us gently reconnect.

— Teresa Petersen, Clinical Social Worker in Houston, TX

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
 

Trauma can have lasting effects on our brains. If you have every felt like you were having an outer body experience or that you are not connected to your body as you once were, you are not alone. As someone who has experience with this first hand and as a clinician it would be my honor to help you on your journey.

— Jason Ducos, Clinical Social Worker in ,

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 Atlanta, GA
 

Our remarkable nervous systems provide us with multiple ways to survive overwhelming experiences by disconnecting from our emotions, bodies, surroundings, thoughts, or actions. When this occurs during childhood it can lead to the cutting off of memories and parts of self from the rest of oneself. This can lead to a dissociative disorder marked by persistent zoning out, emotions that come out of nowhere, and critical or even cruel thoughts towards the self. Dissociation is highly treatable.

— Allison Grimes, Counselor in Cambridge, MA

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
 

Sometimes your surroundings can feel unreal, almost dreamlike. Other times it can feel as if you are floating above or outside of yourself. Time passes you by, without any trace or recollection of where it went. While the dissociative response was such an adaptive survival response at one point, you have realized how it limits your ability to be fully present today. If you are looking to reclaim the relationship between your mind and body, I will be here as your guide.

— Marley Cote, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Riverside, CA

Through specialized trainings on trauma (EMDR, Expressive Arts, Mindbody techniques, and Dancing Mindfulness), I've obtained knowledge on the treatment of dissociative disorders. I am also active with the Healing Together conference for Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID).

— Peyton Cram, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
 

Dissociation, derealization, depersonalization, Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), and psychogenetic non-epileptic seizures.

— Heather Martz, Clinical Social Worker in Denver, CO

I take more of a family therapy approach to working with folks who experience multiplicity. When working with alters/selves, I focus on highlighting everyone’s strengths, similarities, and shared goals. I encourage mutual respect and healthy communication. I hold space for trauma, and assist in co-creating better time management. I also focus on conflict resolution, healthy grounding and coping mechanisms, and safety.

— JS Very, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in , CA
 

In addition to working with PTSD, I also have experience and training in working with more complex concerns, such as dissociative identity disorder (DID) and dissociative disorder-NOS. My approach is to work with all parts of self with respect, care, curiosity, and compassion at a pace that is manageable for all parts of you. I have deep respect for the systems that have been designed to keep you safe and will work collaboratively with you to reach your goals.

— Brittany Bodwell, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Winston-Salem, NC