What is depersonalization and dissociation?

Depersonalization can feel like you are not connected to your body, like things around you aren't real or robotic. Have you ever felt at times you couldn't connect to your emotions, sesations or body? Like you are watching your life on a moive screen or you are foating over yourself watching from the outside? Things just don't feel real or right. You feel numb. You try to explain to others what is going on, but you can't put it into words and no one understands. The more you focus on it, the worse it gets and you feel like it will never go away or get better. 

Dissociation can feel like a complete removal of self from the present moment. Have you ever lost chunks of time? Can't remember how you got somewhere? Lost memories all together? Something happens and you are pulled from your body without warning? You feel like you have lost all control over your mind and body, being at the mercy of outside forces. You can't connect and have lost your sense of identity. 

Depersonalization and dissociation are often the result of trauma and the brains attempt to protect itself from harm. It is scary, but it does not have to be forever. 

Treatment

 

I use EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) to identify root cause/causes of the depersonalization and dissociation, and reprocess to allow you to regain control and power over your life.

EMDR is a therapy modality that targets trauma memories and works to desensitize those memories to reduce emotional intensity. By using bilateral stimulation (fast moving eye movements), EMDR activates boths sides of the brain to allow for healing and reprocessing of the traumatic event(s). This is a proven and evidence based treatment that has shown to reduce sessions to achieve goals. 

CBT is a therapy modality that uses the idea that thoughts create and depict our reality. Thoughts stem from perceptions which are refletions of core beliefs. Core beliefs can form in childhood and after traumatic events. Challenging thoughts can result in changing emotional responses and later shifting negative core beliefs to positive. This is a proven and evidence based treatment that has shown effectiveness in treating depersonalization and dissociation. 

Courtney Johnson, MA, LPC

Onyx Counseling and Wellness Center 

706 W Ben White Blvd Building B 170

Austin, TX 78704

(512) 649-5789

hello@onyxcounselingandwellness.com

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