Dissociative Disorders

Bridges to Recovery provides personalized treatment plans to address the complex needs of people living with dissociative disorders. Our clinicians have the expertise and compassion necessary to promote psychological integration, improve emotional functioning, fortify the mind-body connection, and address the deep traumas that often lie at the heart of dissociative experiences. Our comprehensive assessment process allows us to achieve diagnostic clarity and create a treatment plan that includes individual psychotherapygroup therapy, and holistic therapies specifically designed to meet your needs. As part of our commitment to providing the highest standard of trauma care, we offer both EMDR and Somatic Experiencing to enhance your ability to understand the effects of trauma and process disturbing events in productive, healthy ways. At Bridges to Recovery, you can feel secure in the knowledge that recovery is possible, and we are here to help you restore stability, wellness, and your sense of self.

From Dissociation to Wholeness

Dissociation is an attempt by the brain to protect you from overwhelming pain by breaking down identity, memory, perception, consciousness, and/or awareness. Following a traumatic event or extreme stress, the mind can use a variety of dissociative techniques to disrupt the integration of distressing memories and emotions, inhibiting the creation of a cohesive narrative of the trauma and preventing you from processing your pain in healthy ways. Dissociative symptoms can also create deep chasms in your mind-body connection and leave you without a sense of psychological and somatic wholeness.

  • Dissociative Amnesia: The erasure of memories related to the trauma. You may have difficulty remembering specific details of the event, the general time period during which the event occurred, or everything from the trauma onward. It is also possible to experience complete amnesia, a troubling state in which you are unable to remember any of your experience and have no sense of your identity.
  • Dissociative Fugue State: An altered state in which you experience total amnesia regarding your past experiences and confusion over your identity, often forming a new identity that may last for hours, months, or years. Fugue states usually involve traveling to new places, where you may establish a life as the person you are imagining yourself to be. When the fugue state ends, you regain your memories and original identity, but may feel a sense of confusion, guilt, shame, and depression as you struggle to cope with the psychological and practical consequences of your disorder.
  • Dissociative Identity Disorder: The formation of multiple personalities. Alternative personalities, also known as “alters,” emerge in response to stressors, allowing your authentic self to be protected from painful emotions. Alters may be a different age, sex, nationality, and race and have distinctive accents, handwriting, preferences, and habits that differ from your own. You may be aware of these alters or you may not be conscious of when they appear, creating profound disorientation and confusion. People with dissociative identity disorder often suffer from depression, compulsive behavior, anxiety, insomnia, and hallucinations.
  • Depersonalization Disorder: A detachment from your body and sense of self. You may feel as if you are dreaming, watching yourself in a movie, or having an out-of-body experience. This sensation can cause significant distress and lead to depression, anxietypanic, and a feeling of loss of control.

The nurturing, inclusive environment at Bridges to Recovery is ideally suited to the treatment of dissociative disorders. Our small size and 2:1 staff-to-client ratio allow individualized attention and constant observation to ensure that you remain safe and have the resources you need to meet your treatment goals. Our cozy facilities offer a soothing space where you can safely and comfortably investigate the roots of your mental health disorder with the guidance of highly trained clinicians.

We have the experience necessary to help you process trauma and develop increased resiliency with compassion, respect, and dignity; our goal is to engage you in therapeutic modalities that enhance insight and develop the skills necessary to cope with overwhelming feelings in healthy, productive ways. Our clinicians have a strong awareness of the need for sensitive, empathetic practice that enhances your ability to synthesize emotions, thoughts, memories, and sense of self into a cohesive whole and reintegrate your psychological, cognitive, and somatic experiences. You will never be asked to take on more than you can handle, and you can rely on the support of both your therapists and peers as you navigate the path to healing. At Bridges to Recovery, you can gain the awareness, self-assurance, and coping mechanisms you need to recover from trauma and allow your authentic self to flourish.