You feel like important pieces of information are missing from your life. There may be gaps in your memory that make it difficult to make sense of your past, or to function from day to day. Sometimes you feel as though the world around you isn't real, or that you yourself aren't real. You feel disconnected, overwhelmed, frustrated, confused, or just completely numb.
You feel misunderstood, making it difficult to connect with others. Often you find connecting with your own self quite challenging. You may ask yourself, “who am I?” You struggle to know what you want, but you know it’s not this! You build a wall around you to keep yourself safe, but you feel isolated and alone. You long to connect and break down your walls, but at the same time you feel terrified by the feeling of vulnerability.
Dissociation is a coping mechanism that works quite well for a time in overwhelming circumstances, but after a while it often creates problems in day-to-day life.
But there is hope! Putting the pieces back together can feel like a daunting, frightening, and overwhelming task - but the very nature of dissociation equates to strength and resilience that you can harness in order to heal. All of the parts of you deserve to find peace.
I have experience with, and passion for working with people who struggle with dissociation, whether that be in the form of dissociative amnesia, depersonalization / derealization, Dissociative Identity Disorder (formerly Multiple Personality Disorder), or Other Specified Dissociative Disorder (OSDD, formerly Dissociative Disorder Not Otherwise Specified or DDNOS). For compassionate and respectful dissociation therapy in Austin, set up your free 30-minute consultation to determine if I am the best therapeutic fit for your needs.