Dissociative Disorders Dance-Movement Therapy

Dissociative Disorders

Dissociative disorders are common reactions, or defenses, to traumatic or stressful situations. It is normal for someone who has experienced a severe isolated trauma, or repeated traumas, such as abuse or domestic violence, to develop a dissociative disorders.

The main symptom of dissociative disorders is the fact that it alters a person's sense of identity, consciousness or memory. These symptoms are no less common than depression or anxiety, yet many individuals with dissociative disorders are frequently misdiagnosed. It could take years for the correct diagnosis to be made, and therefore, effective treatment is often delayed. During this time, they are often treated for headaches, psychotic symptoms, hearing voices, temper outbursts, poor concentration, memory lapses, mood swings, substance abuse, temper outbursts and more. Common misdiagnosis for dissociative disorders include Bipolar disorder, eating disorders, anxiety disorders, ADHD, and substance abuse.

Experienced mental health professionals know how to spot the hidden symptoms of dissociative disorders. They use scientifically proven diagnostic tests to arrive at the conclusion of dissociative disorders.

A wide range of therapies are used for dissociative disorders. It involves the client talking to the therapist about his or her  condition and related issues. The therapist will help the client understand the causes of the condition and finding coping strategies to cope with stressful situations. In some cases, hypnotherapy can help the client understand what triggered the dissociative disorder.

Some of the other treatment options that have been proven to help dissociative disorders, include creative art therapy and cognitive therapy. Applied by a qualified therapist, these methods can help you change your thinking and find beneficial behaviours that will improve your life.

If you are looking for a counsellor or psychologist who offers dissociative disorders therapy to address your symptoms, you may want to search the directory to find a professional whose approach will suit you best.

Dance-Movement Therapy

Psychotherapists who facilitate Dance-Movement Therapy use movement to promote physical, spiritual, cognitive and emotional development. This type of therapy is suitable for people of all ages, and it is particularly helpful for people with mental and emotional health needs, physical disabilities, addictions, and personal development requirements.

Each client will have different needs to address through dance-movement therapy, but it will include the therapist observing a client's physical movements. Physical movement can bring great insight into a client's emotional, cognitive and behavioural state. The therapist can then plan movement sessions, sometimes in groups, to cater to the group  or a single individual's requirements.

Dance-Movement Therapy offers a safe environment for clients to communicate, acknowledge and contain their feelings and to encourage positive interactions with other individuals.

If you are looking for a therapist who offers Dance-Movement Therapy, please browse our list of practitioners below..

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Tannis Hugill

M.A., RCC
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I am a Dance-movement and Drama Therapist, BC Clinical Counsellor and Spiritual Director with an MA in Somatic Psychology. I bring over thirty-five years of experience to my work with individuals, groups, adolescents... Read more