Grey Matters Centre


Dissociation is a normal response to overwhelming trauma. 

Everyone dissociates to a normal degree, such as driving to work and not remembering the journey there. This is when we have focused on our thoughts, rather than the outside world. Most people do this and it’s not a trauma response. 

A trauma response is if we suffer an event that is overwhelming or threatening to our life we will disengage from our body and our feelings to keep ourselves safe. 

This will cause our thoughts, feelings or body sensations to be fragmented and not join together. The experience will be stored separately in the mind from every day experience and in many cases this will result in gaps in memory.

Dissociation is a functional coping mechanism at the time of trauma but after the trauma we need to integrate the experience in order to heal. It is maladaptive if we fail to integrate and the memory remains dissociated. It is also dysfunctional as a permanent coping strategy as we cannot recognise body sensations such as feeling, tired, ill, hungry, temperatures etc.

Some symptoms may include

  • General memory problems
  • Not remembering childhood or big chunks of time
  • Feelings of not being real
  • Feelings the world isn’t real
  • Flashbacks
  • Unexplained body sensations
  • Trance-like behaviours
  • Different voices
  • Time loss
  • Coming to
  • Others telling you of your actions
  • Finding belongings you don’t recognise

How we can help
We offer an initial assessment which is an hour long, Within this in-depth discussion we will ask you about your presenting issues, your childhood and any other relevant history. We will also be asking you of the areas you want to work on and any goals you may have.

The treatment plan is tailored to each clients individual needs. which may include understanding the root causes of your problems and what is keeping them going. 

We will work with any triggers you may have and help you with any other areas of your life that are affected by your issues.

We will teach you tools and resources for the future so you can establish a full and lasting, sustainable recovery.

Criteria for this service

  • If you think you are suffering with any (or similar) symptoms to the above and you would like to do the work to make the changes you want.
  • If you have been diagnosed with dissociation
  • You do not need a referral from your G.P.

Our privilege
It is our mission and our privilege to support you on your journey to recovery and to reach your goals. We are confident that together we can make a difference to your world and help you to live your life the way you want to live it. Imagine what your life would be like after therapy and the difference it would make to you. 

We help hundreds of people every year to be the best they can be. Please don’t suffer unnecessarily any longer, get in touch with us today and take the first step to make great things happen!

*Dissociative disorders can sometimes be misdiagnosed for conditions such as epilepsy.

Dissociative disorders are treatable and recovery is possible.

Telephone 07907613600