Psychotherapy Services in South West London

Recovery of Dissociative Disorders

Some experts believe dissociative disorders are directly linked to trauma or abuse. Others suggest that they are a result of disruptions to the normal parent  child relationship. Still others believe they come from a disturbance in the stages of childhood development. There are studies showing that a history of trauma is almost universal for people who have moderate to severe dissociative symptoms. The aim of treatment and self help is to bring about increased connection between feelings, thoughts, perceptions and memories and to foster a sense of empowerment. This should create a greater sense of wholeness and internal order, and less disruption in work, social and home life. Effective treatment for the dissociative disorders may combine several methods, but always includes talking treatments. It is the quality of the therapist client relationship that is the most important aspect to recovery. The therapist should be accepting of the client’s experience willing to learn how to work with dissociation and trauma, able to tolerate high levels of frustration and bear extreme pain and be prepared to work with the client long term, often for several years.

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