Therapy and Support for Dissociative Disorders

Arne Pedersen

Registered and Certified Counselling Hypnotherapist, Victoria, B.C.

Understanding Dissociative Disorders: Therapy, Tips and Recovery Strategies

Confusion and challenges in Dissociative Disorders can severely limit one’s life, stripping away joy and connection to oneself and the world. At the core, Dissociative Disorders involve significant disruptions in the integration of consciousness, memory, identity, emotion, perception, body representation, motor control, and behaviour. These disruptions often manifest as feelings of disconnection, fogginess, memory lapses, and a sense of being lost or detached from reality.

What Causes Dissociative Disorders?

Dissociative Disorders, like many mental health conditions, often stem from traumatic experiences. When faced with overwhelming stress or trauma, the subconscious mind may enact dissociation as a survival mechanism. This subconscious defence mechanism serves to protect the individual from experiencing the full impact of traumatic events by disconnecting them from their emotions, memories, or surroundings. However, over time, repeated instances of dissociation can lead to significant disruptions in daily functioning and quality of life.

Reclaiming Control: Practical Tips for Healing

Recovering from Dissociative Disorders requires a multifaceted approach that combines self-awareness, mindfulness, and therapeutic intervention. While seeking professional support is likely crucial to full recovery, there are several practical steps individuals can take to begin their journey towards healing:

  1. Build Body Connection through Awareness Practice:
  • Find a safe and comfortable space where you can practice mindfulness.
  • Focus on your breath and observe its rhythm without judgment.
  • Dedicate a few minutes each day to this practice, fostering consistency and trust in the process.
  1. Utilize Breathing as a Bridge to the Subconscious:
  • Recognize that your breath serves as a gateway to your subconscious mind.
  • By calmly observing your breath, you communicate a sense of safety and relaxation to your subconscious.
  • Understand that engaging in relaxed breathing sends a powerful message that you are secure and capable of being present in the moment.
  1. Practice Self-Acceptance and Validation:
  • Embrace self-acceptance as a vital component of healing.
  • Dedicate time to acknowledge and validate your thoughts, feelings, and experiences.
  • Engage in activities that foster self-compassion and reinforce your inherent worthiness.
  1. Affirm Safety:
  • When we dissociate, the subconscious perceives a threat and seeks to protect us from it, because if it was safe, we would not need to avoid what was happening.
  • Being present with acceptance sends a clear message that life is safe; otherwise, we would be avoiding it.
  • Reaffirming safety in the present moment is crucial.
  • Calmly observe your breath while acknowledging your surroundings and reassuring security.
  • Engage in practices of assessing environmental safety to send a powerful message to the subconscious that it is In-Fact safe.
  • Through these intentional efforts, you are dismantling the need for dissociation as a coping mechanism.
  • Cultivate a deep sense of safety and presence in daily life.
  1. Seek Professional Support:
  • Recognize that self-help strategies are valuable but may not be sufficient on their own.
  • Consider reaching out to a qualified therapist who specializes in treating Dissociative Disorders.
  • Explore therapeutic modalities such as Hypnotherapy and mindfulness-based practices, which can offer targeted support and everyday tools to support your unique needs.

Why Professional Therapy Matters

While self-help strategies can provide a starting point for healing, navigating the complexities of Dissociative Disorders often requires professional guidance. A skilled therapist can offer personalized interventions, support, and insights that empower individuals to address underlying trauma, reframe negative beliefs, and cultivate resilience.

Take the First Step Towards Healing

If you’re ready to reclaim control over your life from Dissociative Disorders and embark on a journey towards healing, I invite you to schedule a free 1-hour zoom video consultation with me. Together, we can explore your challenges, goals, and the therapeutic approaches best suited to support your recovery. By investing in professional therapy, you’re investing in your well-being and laying the foundation for a brighter, more fulfilling future.

To ensure our therapy work together is as productive as possible, I provide you with a comprehensive audio program to maintain momentum and progress between our sessions.

Don’t let Dissociative Disorders dictate your life any longer. Take the first step towards empowerment and schedule your free consultation today. Your journey towards healing begins here.