Accessing the Service
For Potential Clients
If you have significant dissociative symptoms you may have had years of involvement with the psychiatric services without the primary course ever being established. On the other hand you may have learnt to hide your difficulties through fear of being misdiagnosed as psychotic or schizophrenic.
We suggest, as a first step, you read the information provided by MIND in their leaflet ‘Understanding Dissociation’. Please visit the MIND website. You may wish to read the articles in the Research & Evidence Section and watch the training videos.
As a next step ask us to send you 2 screening instruments that you can complete and return to us for scoring. They are the DES (Dissociative Experience Scale) and the SDQ20 (Somatoform Dissociative Questionnaire). We will send you a report outlining the levels of dissociative symptoms and an indication of the likelihood of your having a dissociative disorder (see the section on ‘background’ for a definition of dissociative disorders). There is no charge for this service.
While screening instruments can give you an indication of the levels of your symptoms it is not a formal diagnosis. We believe it’s important for a number of reasons to consider having a proper diagnosis. These are some of the reasons:-
Though you may accept in theory the possibility of having a dissociative disorder, at another level you may need convincing by an assessment whether you have this disorder or not. This may be the first step in getting appropriate treatment for your condition (especially if you are hoping to get help through the NHS). Sometimes Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG’s) or the Psychiatric Services are willing to fund an assessment prior to determining what treatment to offer you. If you are already in therapy (either privately or through the NHS) this may help your therapist focus therapeutically on your difficulties.
We are always available to give support and help to any therapist already working with you.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.