Dissociative Disorders

Do you feel detached from your own thoughts, feelings, or body? Do you experience a sense of unreality or see objects as distorted or changed? Do you have multiple personalities or feel like you are different people at different times? Do you have periods of time where you can’t recall past events or personal information, without explanation from physical injury, alcohol or drug use?

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, you may be struggling with a dissociative disorder. Dissociation is a natural response to overwhelming stress, trauma, or other psychological distress, serving as a defense mechanism that allows the mind to separate temporarily from a traumatic experience and preserve mental stability.

At Lotus Therapy & Counselling Centre, we understand the impact of dissociative disorders and are here to help. Our expert therapists use a holistic approach to support clients in understanding the root cause of their disorder and facing their trauma. With our compassionate care, clients can feel safe, secure, and whole.

Don’t wait to seek help. Contact us today to start your journey towards healing.

Symptoms of Dissociation

Symptoms of dissociation can vary, but they generally include the following:

  • A sense of disconnection from one’s physical body, often described as an out-of-body experience.
  • Feeling separate from the surrounding world.
  • A lack of clarity or stability in one’s sense of self, leading to difficulties in self-recognition and self-definition.
  • Episodes of amnesia or memory lapses, which may involve forgetting personal information, events, or periods of time.
  • A reduced experience of physical pain or altered pain thresholds.
  • The presence of distinct, separate identities or personality states, as observed in dissociative identity disorder (DID).
  • Experiencing emotional detachment or numbness.

How Can Counselling for Dissociation Help?

If you suspect you may have a dissociative disorder, it is essential to recognize that you don’t have to figure it out alone. Symptoms of dissociation may include self-worth and shame issues, fluctuating emotions, unexplained physical pain, anxiety, nightmares, or even hearing voices originating from past trauma.

Our trauma-informed therapists in Vancouver can effectively guide the healing process, providing a safe environment and tailored strategies to ease your distress. We specialize in trauma-focused treatments can help you overcome dissociation and regain control of your life.

Book a complimentary consultation with one of our Counsellors today. we look forward to hearing from you

What are common treatments for dissociative disorder?

Dissociation can be a difficult experience, and there are several different treatment options available that can be effective in helping individuals manage symptoms and improve their overall quality of life. Here are some of the most common treatments for dissociation:

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a form of psychotherapy that teaches clients new skills to manage painful emotions and improve relationships.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is another commonly used treatment for dissociative disorders. Through this therapy, clients are taught coping strategies to help them overcome their negative thought patterns.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a therapeutic approach that was designed to help clients relieve the distress associated with traumatic memories.

Mindfulness-Based Approaches: Mindfulness-based approaches, such as mindfulness meditation, can help clients develop a greater sense of awareness and presence, which can reduce dissociative symptoms.

Our caring and experienced team are always ready to help you get started. They will design a personalized treatment plan with the necessary therapies to ensure your mental health is adequately treated. They can help determine the best course of treatment for an individual based on their specific needs and circumstances.