Understanding and Responding to Dissociation: Part 1

Dr. Diane Langberg, clinical faculty member of Biblical Seminary, author, and practicing psychologist speaks current and future counselors about the experience of dissociation and the process of “leaving.” She explains how self-injury may be common during dissociation. Near the end of this portion of the lecture, Dr. Langberg gives some guidance to counselors on how to help their clients recognize the subtle steps of dissociation. Stopping dissociation is a necessary skill for the client to stay safe and to not relive past traumatic experiences.

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  1. SB says:

    This was very helpful. Thank you! I was diagnosed with PTSD about two years ago and have been working with a counselor through the local r*pe crisis program. I do dissociate, though it seems a little different than described here and don’t typically remember the time I lost while dissociated. Those observing me describe agitation to the degree that the counselor believes I am having flashbacks during the times of dissociation. I don’t know as I can’t remember…
    She has tried EMDR, but the moment it starts, I start having a flashback and can’t do it. On the whole, I am making a LOT of progress, but I still don’t want to remember the past. There are many large gaps and I don’t want to know what is in them. I want to be whole without knowing and remembering everything. Is that possible?

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