Authors: Sarah Reece and Cary Nayda, SA
Event: 2011 TheMHS Conference
Subject: dissociative experiences
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Dissociative experiences are the most common reason individuals make contact with mental health services (Weber, 2007). Despite this, many mental health professionals feel ill-equipped to recognise and respond to dissociative symptoms. Drawing upon knowledge attained from our own lived experiences, formal education and professional experience, we explore dissociative experiences. We draw upon the existing understandings for grounding to describe strategies that individuals can use to manage dissociative symptoms. We introduce the concept of “grounding kits”, using our lived experience to demonstrate how they can be individualised to meet diverse needs, which we’ve found is paramount for recovery. The use of self harm as a grounding technique is also explored.