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“The process of dissociation is an elegant mechanism built into the human psychological system as a form of escape from (sometimes literally) going crazy. The problem with checking out so thoroughly is that it can leave us feeling dead inside, with little or no ability to feel our feelings in our bodies. “

~Alexandra Katehakis, Mirror of Intimacy: Daily Reflections on Emotional and Erotic Intelligence


Welcome to my dedicated space for understanding and healing from dissociation. As a therapist specializing in dissociation, I am providing compassionate support and effective therapy to individuals who have experienced the disconnection and fragmentation of self. Whether you’re living with dissociative identity disorder (DID), experiencing episodes of depersonalization or derealization, or struggling with other forms of dissociation, there is hope for healing, self-discovery, and integration.

What is Dissociation?

Dissociation is a complex psychological response that involves a disconnection between various aspects of a person’s identity, memory, consciousness, or perception of reality. Dissociation usually occurs from one or more trauma experiences. It can manifest in several ways, including:

  1. Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID): Formerly known as multiple personality disorder, DID is characterized by the presence of two or more distinct identity states, often referred to as “alters,” each with its own unique characteristics, memories, and behaviors.
  2. Depersonalization: Individuals experiencing depersonalization may feel detached from their own body or emotions, as if they are observing themselves from a distance or living in a dream-like state.
  3. Derealization: Derealization involves a sense of detachment from one’s surroundings, where the external world may appear unreal, distorted, or unfamiliar.
  4. Amnesia: Memory gaps or amnesia episodes may occur, where individuals have difficulty remembering significant periods of their life or specific events.
  5. Brain Fog: An event or experience doesn’t feel clear, like you are looking through a steamed up mirror. This can happen in the present moment. Brain fog occurs in more mild forms of dissociation when the first four items on the list do not occur.

How Can I Help You Heal from Dissociation?

My mission is to provide a supportive and therapeutic environment where you can work through the emotions from the trauma originally causing the dissociation and the challenges associated with dissociation to reclaim a sense of wholeness. Here’s how I can assist you:

  1. Specialized Therapy: I offer specialized therapy for dissociation, tailored to your unique experiences and needs. I use techniques which utilize body movement – tapping with fingertips on the face or moving the eyes or stretching a particular muscle – to release emotions which have been trapped since the trauma event. Together, we will explore the roots of your dissociation, promote integration, and facilitate healing.
  2. Validation and Empowerment: You’ll find a safe and nonjudgmental space here, where your experiences are validated, and you are empowered to take control of your healing journey.
  3. Developing Coping Strategies: Learn effective coping strategies to manage dissociative episodes, reduce distress, and enhance your overall well-being.
  4. Integration and Self-Discovery: Explore the process of integration, where we work towards a more cohesive sense of self, helping you connect with all aspects of your identity.
  5. Support for Loved Ones: If you have loved ones who are supporting you through your dissociative experiences, I can provide guidance and education to help them better understand and support your journey.

Contact and Appointment Information: If you are ready to begin your journey toward healing from dissociation, please reach out to schedule an appointment. Your path to self-discovery and integration starts here. My email address is: diana@welcomelifecounseling.com.

Remember, healing from dissociation is possible, and you are not alone. Together, we can work towards a brighter and more integrated future, where you can reconnect the fragments of your identity and find a sense of wholeness.