Dissociative Disorders Developmental

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.

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Geoff Thompson

Ph.D., CCC
Geoff has demonstrated an exemplary ability to connect with clients while working with the Sunshine Coast Health Centre. An extensive background in both residential and outpatient addiction treatment has helped Geoff... Read more

Martine Charles

Ph.D., RCC
I have close to 25 years experience in providing individual counselling to adult women and men. I offer counselling for a wide variety of difficulties including trauma (recent and past), anxiety, depression, addictions... Read more

Sara Klinkhamer

M.A., RCC
Sara has a background of working on the downtown eastside in Vancouver for more than 10 years, which has given her much experience working with addiction and mental health issues, particularly trauma issues. Sara has... Read more

Peter M Williamson PhD

Ph.D., R.Psych
Dr. Peter Williamson is one of only 7 officially Certified Gottman Method Couples Therapists in the province of B.C. (at time of this writing - 9/2017). Although extensively trained and with 25+ years of expertise... Read more

Dr Joti Samra

Ph.D., R.Psych
Life is not always easy, and it is a core belief that all of us – if we live long enough and go through enough life experiences – will struggle with psychological health difficulties at some point in our... Read more

Robbie-Roberta Chesick

M.Couns., RCC
Robbie Chesick (MA, MC, RCC) is a registered clinical counsellor­­­­­­­­­, certified emdr practitioner,  level II sensorimotor psychotherapist, and certified meditation... Read more

Chris Rensch

M.A., RCC
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Chris Rensch is a Registered Clinical Counsellor who specializes in child and trauma therapy. He helps kids and their parents get unstuck when life circumstances create barriers. As one of the only male trauma-... Read more

Sacha vanEeten

M.A., RCC
Hello, my name is Sacha and I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with over 15 years of experience working with folks struggling with the effects of traumatic stress, substance misuse and a wide range of life’s... Read more

Lisa Catallo

M.A., RCC
You feel alone.  Even though you might have a number of relationships, you aren't sure that anyone else truly gets you, what you've been through, and what you're facing right now.  I get that.... Read more

Mary Lang

M.A., RCC
  Counselling is a profound collaboration between you and your counsellor to create a safe relational space in which you can engage in radical acts -- of change and self-acceptance.  I offer... Read more

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 twenty-five years of experience to my work with individuals, groups, adolescents... Read more

Stephanie Pugsley

M.A., RCC
I have over 20 years experience of working with individuals, couples, families and groups in private practice, the Health Service, the Social Services and voluntary organisations.  I am a registered Clinical... Read more

Augustine Parattukudi

Ph.D. (cand), RCC
My approach to psychotherapy is to facilitate the much-needed relational healing space through connectedness and compassion coupled with a very committed journey to find possible remedies of pain and trauma. This is... Read more

Delyse Ledgard

M.A., RCC
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To be understood, seen, feel the comfort of another’s presence is the heart of therapy.  With over 30 years of experience I have encountered and worked with people from all walks of life... Read more

Devony Baugh

M.Couns., RCC
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I value people and I care deeply for those that I work with.  I believe change, growth and healing are possible and that people are naturally wired for such progress.   At the same time, I recognize... Read more

Katherine Kortikow

M.Ed., CCC
I have been in the helping profession for over 30 years and have experience working in a variety of therapeutic and clinical settings. I have been in private practice for 25 of those 30+ years. Finding... Read more

Mair Cayley

Ph.D., R.Psych
Welcome.  I am a therapist practicing in Vancouver, BC on the unceded Coast Salish territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh people.  I hold a PhD in Counselling... Read more

Candace Marshall

M.A., CCC
Being in the nexus of something means you are right in the middle of it. Hence, easy to feel overwhelmed by the multitude of things coming at you. At Nexus, I will work with you within the context of a... Read more

Ailey Jolie

MC, RCC
I am passionate about embodiment. About supporting others to live fully and wholly within the wisdom of the body. This is mirrored in my work as a trauma therapist and disordered eating specialist, yoga and meditation... Read more

John Wagner

Ph.D., R.Psych
Dr. Wagner is a registered psychologist in British Columbia and Director of the DBT Centre of Vancouver. Dr. Wagner assists adolescent and adult client's struggling with a variety of problems including depression,... Read more