Dissociative Disorders (DID) Therapy
Dissociation Therapy can transform your relationship with all parts of yourself
Do you sometimes feel that you or the world around you is not real?
Do you hear other voices commenting on your tasks throughout the day?
Do you have blackouts in your memory or sometimes feel like an entirely different person?
You may feel disconnected from yourself or those around you. You may even identify that you have different “parts” of yourself, or various aspects of yourself. It may be difficult to identify what’s happening inside for you as you feel divided - one part of you feels one way, while another part of you feels entirely different. Whether you are walking through feelings of unreality, or questions of multiplicity, there is help available.
Major Types of Dissociative Disorde
1. Dissociative Identity Disorder - You may have formerly heard of this as Multiple Personality Disorder. DID is marked by the alteration between multiple distinct identities. You may not be aware of switches but you may notice various different voices speaking in your head or commanding you what to do. Many individuals experience gaps in their memory, doing things that feel out of character for them, or feeling that something is trying to take over their body.
2. Depersonalization/Derealization - Depersonalization/Derealization Disorder (or DPDR) is marked by experiencing the world around you as not real or feeling that you or your body is not real. Many individuals describe this as feeling as though they're in a video game or a simulation.
3. Dissociative Amnesia - Dissociative Amnesia is marked by major gaps in memory that can't be explained by typical forgetfulness. Dissociative amnesia may occurr surrounding traumatic experiences. Many individuals may not remember basic identifying information regarding themselves.
Help is available
Experiencing dissociation can feel quite distressing, regardless of at what level we experience dissociation. Most individuals who have experienced trauma will experience or live with some experience of dissociation. Dissociation can manifest in several ways, including depersonalization (feeling detached from your body or observing yourself from the outside) and derealization (feeling disconnected from the world around you). Other dissociative experiences may involve amnesia, identity confusion, or identity alteration. It is important to note that dissociation can be present as a symptom of various mental health disorders, such as dissociative disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety disorders, and depression.
Through individual therapy and mental health services, we can support you through your trauma recovery. Our team is here to help you in navigating the best treatment plan for you based on your specific needs. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out.
What does recovery from a dissociative disorder look like?
A good portion of the beginning work is focused on safety and stabilization in the present moment. This means working on skills to help keep us grounded in the present and to be able to tolerate our feelings and the environment around us. Your dissociation therapist will help you understand why you are experiencing dissociation and teach you skills to help tolerate the present moment. As you work together, you will begin to understand and collaborate with all parts of yourself.
Common concerns that you might have before starting treatment...
If you identify with having multiple parts or identities you may be concerned about whether or not you will be forced to integrate. At Grace Therapy & Wellness we believe in the collaboration of all parts in the therapeutic process. Whether you desire to live with functional multiplicity or you desire to progress towards full fusion, you will find a safe and supportive space in order to do this.
An inclusive and holistic practice
At Grace Therapy and Wellness we value inclusivity and diversity. Like other mental health conditions, Dissociative Disorders do not discriminate based on age, weight, race, socioeconomic status, sexuality, gender identity, and many other parts of your valued identity and experience. Our therapists take all of these factors into consideration when working with clients and treating dissociative disorders.
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If you think our services may be right for you, take the next step and reach out to us today to schedule an initial appointment. We offer local in-person counseling in Austin, TX and online for the state of Texas.