How does Dissociation Counselling work?
A wide range of therapy techniques are used when treating dissociative disorders. These techniques generally involve talking to your therapist about your condition and possible triggers. Your counsellor will help you understand the root causes of the dissociation and find coping strategies to help you deal with stressful situations.
Other dissociation treatment options that have been proven to help dissociative disorders include creative art therapy, somatic therapy, and sensorimotor psychotherapy. With the help of our counsellors, these methods can help you become more aware of your own presence in a way that will improve your life.
In some cases, the person who is dissociating does not realize it is happening. The key strategy to deal with dissociation is grounding, meaning connecting back to the present.
Some techniques you can use to help ground someone include:
Making direct eye contact
Pointing out the dissociation while it’s happening
Have the person talk about their immediate situation and environment
Give them a physically active task
Who can Dissociation Counselling benefit?
Dissociation counselling can benefit people who are experiencing any of the follow dissociation symptoms:
A disconnection to one’s body & body sensations
A disconnection or shift in role or identity, along with sudden changes in behaviour, such as a different voice, use of different names, or disconnection of yourself and or loss of control over one’s self
Disconnection from one’s sense of self
Memory issues or a disconnection from your memory
Feeling disconnected to one’s body and/or thoughts (confused thinking)
Disconnection to one’s emotions
Feeling like you don’t belong, that the world is not real, seeing things from outside yourself