Managing Dissociation

Last week, we covered the dissociation spectrum: from everyday forms of dissociation to dissociative disorders. This week, we'll dive deeper into the coping strategies we can use to manage dissociation.
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The Idea of the Week

When we dissociate, we disconnect from our surroundings, feelings, thoughts, or present moment. Grounding is the opposite: it is a coping strategy used to “ground” us in our surroundings, body, feelings, and the present moment. A powerful way to ground ourselves is to engage with our 5 senses (a 5-minute read). 

Remember your self-soothing sensory kit (a 6-minute read)? This kit is a powerful tool that you can use when you find yourself dissociating. 

Practice of the Week

Follow Kya from DissociaDID in this 21-minute video as they explore different ways to engage with your senses and ground yourself. They also provide a lot of useful tips to practice grounding skills in subtle, but powerful, ways. 

When you get anxious, do you find yourself disconnecting from the world, your body, or your surroundings? In this 5-minute article, Verywell Mind covers the connection between anxiety and dissociation and shares a few tips to manage dissociation when you’re feeling anxious.

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News of the Week

Join Tati, back by popular demand, for her next series of Family Constellations and Sharing of Ancestral Knowledge Workshops!

In April, Tati visited the U.S. for the first time to hold workshops and healing sessions in Erieville and Fayetteville, NY, all of which had such a positive reception that people requested more! Join Tati for her return in October and the next series of workshops and healing sessions.

Tati owns a healing and psychotherapy practice working with sacred plant medicine, ancestral healing, and art therapy in her home in Ecuador.

Family Constellations is a type of therapeutic approach that focuses on exploring the dynamics within a person’s family system, including their relationships with parents, siblings, grandparents, and other family members, even ancestors. This approach can be used to address a variety of issues, such as relationship difficulties, emotional blocks, and unresolved traumas.

This workshop involves a group of participants who come together to explore their own family dynamics through a series of exercises and discussions led by our facilitator, Tatian Davila, a psychotherapist, healer, and seeker of ancestral knowledge. Tati will offer 2 workshops as well as individual healings. The workshops will be held at Breathing Space Studio in Erieville, NY.

The Family Constellations Workshop will be held on October 28, 2023, from 10 am to 4 pm. 

The Sharing of Ancestral Knowledge Workshop will be held on October 29, 2023, from 10 am to 4 pm.
Both workshops will be held at Breathing Space Studio
3455 Erieville Road
Erieville, NY 13061

Individual Healing Sessions will be held in Fayetteville, NY from October 30th through November 3rd.

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You asked for more; we delivered! Back by Popular Demand:
Unlock Your Mind and Journey to Self Discovery at Our Summer Ketamine-Assisted Experiential Psychotherapy Retreat

Our first KAP retreat in April had such a positive reception and requests for more that we’re excited to share our Summer KAP Retreat in August!

One Ketamine Journey—lots of deep dives into experiential therapy incorporating meditation, writing, art making, yoga, and other body-centered modalities. Step away from the stressors of daily life and fully immerse yourself in the therapeutic process. We will use Ketamine and experiential therapy to break through the stuck places to find more freedom, pace, and motivation!
Zoom Preparation Session: Thursday, July 27th from 6-9 pm.
In-person: Thursday, August 3rd from 6-9 pm.
In-person: Friday, August 4th from 10-6 pm.
In-person: Saturday, August 5th from 9-5 pm.
Zoom Integration Session: Thursday, August 10th from 6-8 pm.

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The Thought of the Week

Tips for coping with dissociation: 1) splash cold water on your face. 2) deep breathing. 3) grounding methods. 4) mental distractions, such as counting and naming animals. 5) self-soothing, such as drinking tea, aromatherapy, stress balls, and fidget toys. credit: PsychCentral

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