Introduction to Dissociation Disorders
Dissociation - “safety valve”
is a ‘disruption in the usually integrated functions of consciousness, memory, identity, or perception of the environment’
is splitting off experience from our feelings about that experience
emotional numbing & avoidance
Working with Dissociative Processes
Dissociation manifests itself in experiences of disconnection and of fragmentation, which can be confusing and often seen, and experienced, by both client and therapist.
We will explore the importance of appropriate expertise when working with dissociative process; therapist self-care while working with trauma; grounding and containment skills for clients; and establishing and monitoring safe boundaries for the therapy.