Dissociative Disorders therapists in Rockville, Maryland MD
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9 Years Experience
Psychologist, MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology
For many years I have worked with clients who have dissociative disorders as individuals, in couples and in families and in groups. Dissociation is a defense to deal with trauma, so that a person is distanced from what is happening., Popular books such as "Three faces of Eve" and "I Never Promised you a Rose Garden" outline what this"split personality" can look like. Itis called DID or dissociative Identity Disorder. Many are treated with hypnosis so that the different personalities can be integrated/ Some of these clients are on medication and being treated by psychiatrists as well. Also, I have worked with other therapists' clients with Dissociative Identity Disorders when the therapists were on vacation. Clients with this diagnosis often take a large proportion of a clinician's time, and the responsible therapist cannot leave without having adequate cover. I offer free zoom seminars, which promote a positive view of life and help with issues of integrating different parts of a person's self as well as their relationships. Please feel free to call for a consultation: 301-229-8000
53 Years Experience
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW-C
Dissociation operates on a spectrum and dissociative disorders occur as a direct result of long-term trauma starting in early childhood and continuing throughout adolescence. Dissociation is a childhood survival strategy but can be disempowering in adulthood and actually cause problems. I am trauma certified and can provide psychoeducation about trauma and dissociation. I teach clients how to recognize when a dissociative episode is about to happen and can provide simple, concrete grounding tools to help clients prevent dissociation, and how to "bring themselves back" if they do become dissociated. We can practice these tools over and over in session with the intention of clients using them on their own in-between sessions as much as possible. The best way to learn these tools is to practice them when the client ISN'T dissociated so that over time it becomes more natural and the client doesn't have to think too hard about what to do or how to do them. I provide an in-depth evaluation at the beginning of therapy to determine the level/degree of dissociation a person may be experiencing.
21 Years Experience
I have helped clients cope with and heal from trauma resulting in dissociative disorders for more than 15 years.
32 Years Experience
Dr. Sanness has training and expertise in complex trauma and dissociation. She works with individuals with PTSD, and comorbid dissociative disorders. Dr. Sanness uses a stage-approach to trauma treatment and teaches practical skills to help cope with dissociation such as grounding, containment, etc.
21 Years Experience