Dissociative Disorder (DD)

Dissociative disorders are the brains way of a coping with a situation or incident too upsetting for the conscious mind to process. A person with a dissociative disorder escapes reality in involuntary and pathological ways. There are several types of dissociative disorders (dissociative amnesia, dissociative identity disorder, dissociative fugue and depersonalization disorder), all of which are thought to be caused by experiencing a trauma or abuse. Symptoms common to dissociative disorders include selective amnesia (of a specific time, person or event), depersonalization (a feeling of being detached from yourself), an indistinct or distorted sense of identity, and derealization (a feeling that something is off and the world and people around you are unreal). Individuals suffering from dissociative disorders often experience other mental health problems, like depression and anxiety. A mental health professional can help a person with a dissociative disorder to learn new ways of coping.

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Gabriella Losada (she/her)

Professional Counselor Associate

Please note that I specifically work with depersonalization and/or derealization and that I do NOT have experience working with Dissociative Identity Disorder (formerly, Multiple Personality Disorder). My knowledge of dissociative disorders includes personal experience, direct client work with people experiencing dissociation, and trainings such as "Treating Trauma" with Bessel van der Kolk and Pat Ogden

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Sam Wilson

Licensed Clinical Social Worker


Dissociation is generally a reaction to trauma and overwhelm and in my experience it always has some protective features. But what's adaptive in one situation can be harmful or unmanageable in another. Dissociation can rob us of the full experience of ourselves, our emotions, our sensations, even our intuitions. I use mindfulness techniques including wave meditation to practice reconnection in a safe way.

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Kimberlee Harrison

Licensed Professional Counselor


I have several years experience working with people who have dissociative disorders, particularly Dissociative Identity Disorder. I help clients work on cooperation and communication within their system, with a focus on safety.

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Trellis Counseling

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Often seen when someone has complex trauma, dissociative disorder can be a challenging occurance. I have training in, and experience with, working with this disorder. I work from an internal family systems-informed perspective.

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