Natalie Kohlhaas MA LPC NCC CPCS  IMHCounseling

Dissociation

 

Dissociation is a common defense/reaction to stressful or traumatic situations. Severe isolated traumas or repeated traumas may result in a person developing a dissociative disorder. A dissociative disorder impairs the normal state of awareness and limits or alters one’s sense of identity, memory or consciousness. Once considered rare, recent research indicates that dissociative symptoms are as common as anxiety and depression, and that individuals with dissociative disorders (particularly Dissociative Identity Disorder and Depersonalization Disorder) are frequently misdiagnosed for many years, delaying effective treatment. In fact, persons suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder often seek treatment for a variety of other problems including depression, mood swings, difficulty concentrating, memory lapses, alcohol or drug abuse, temper outbursts, and even hearing voices, or psychotic symptoms. People with dissociation often also seek treatment for a variety of medical problems including headaches, unexplained pains, and memory problems. Many people have symptoms that have gone undetected or untreated simply because they were unable to identify their problem, or were not asked the right questions about their symptoms. Because dissociative symptoms are typically hidden, it is important to see a mental health professional who is familiar with this coping mechanisim.

 

Treatment modalities with a high sucess rate for Dissicative Disorders:

 

 

Mindfulness Training - learning "in the moment" techniques that enhance peace and calm, which can reduce and prevent apprehensiveness.

 

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy -  joining somatic therapy and psychotherapy into a comprehensive method for healing this disconnection between body and mind. 

 

Brainspotting – helps you approach trauma-related thoughts, feelings, and situations in a safe envirnoment while reprocessing the information and rewiring the neural pathways in the brain.

 

Hypnotherapy - an altered state of awareness, perception or consciousness that is used, by licensed and trained doctors or masters prepared individuals, for treating psychological or physical problems in a highly relaxed state.

 

Individual Psychotherapy - provides a supportive environment that allows you to talk openly with someone who’s objective, neutral and nonjudgmental.