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Mental Health and Wellness
For people suffering from dissociative disorders, Solara Health strives to free clients from emotional and physical pain, return to full psychological health, and live fulfilling, healthy lives. To achieve this goal, our program combines the strengths of individual therapy, group therapy, and holistic therapies for comprehensive and effective treatment. Our clinicians also integrate innovative, trauma-specific therapies such as EMDR and somatic experiencing to address each clients’ individual experiences, symptoms, and needs. This combination of treatment modalities offers clients specific, effective, and compassionate treatment—treatment that helps clients address the complex symptoms and effects of dissociative disorders, and come to live satisfying, healthy, and full lives.
Dissociation to Unity
By definition, “dissociation” is the act of disconnecting one thing from another thing. In dissociative disorders, it is the brain that does this disconnecting. Following a traumatic event, the brain disrupts the usual process of integrating upsetting or frightening memories and emotions. When this process is disrupted, people find themselves unable to fully make sense of what happened to them, and thus unable to process the traumatic event in healthy ways. This can lead to a rift in the mind-body connection, leaving people with dissociation disorders feeling physically or psychologically incomplete.
Types of Dissociation
Dissociation can happen in several different ways, which are described here:
Dissociative Amnesia: People with dissociate amnesia find themselves missing memories related to the trauma, including the time when the event happened, specific details of the event, or events immediately after the trauma itself. Sometimes, after a traumatic event, people experience complete amnesia, where they cannot remember anything about the event at all.
Dissociative Fugue State: This is an altered state where patients find themselves unable to remember anything about their past, and as a result, complete confusion over their personal identity. To cope, those in a fugue state form new identities, which can last from just a few hours to several years. When the fugue state ends, people remember their old experiences and original identity—however, the consequences of this change can cause shame, guilt, confusion, and depression as they grapple with both the trauma itself and the fugue state they were in.
Dissociative Identity Disorder: In this disorder, people form alternative personalities, called “alters,” in response to traumatic experiences and stressors. These alters protect the authentic self from painful thoughts and emotions, and are very distinct: they can be a different sex, age, race, and nationality from the authentic self, and often have characteristics and habits that vary greatly from that of the original individual. Those with identity disorder may or may not be aware of when their alters appear, which can lead to intense disorientation, and often anxiety, insomnia, depression, compulsive behavior, and hallucinations.
Depersonalization Disorder: People with depersonalization disorder feel detached from their physical body and their sense of self. Often, this makes people feel as though they are watching themselves in a movie, having an out-of-body experience, or simply dreaming. This sensation is distressing and frightening, and can cause anxiety, panic, and depression.
Treatment and Healing
Solara understands that the unique nature of dissociate disorders makes them particularly disruptive to everyday life, and how it can feel impossible to feel truly whole again. To aid in clients’ healing, we have created a facility that is calm, quiet, and comfortable, the perfect oasis from the stresses of day-to-day living. Here, clients have no need to worry about potential stressors or triggers; they can simply relax and focus on recovering.
The peaceful environment of our facility is supported by our compassionate staff. In addition to fostering a sensitive, respectful environment, our clinicians will provide comprehensive, expert holistic treatment to all clients, helping them safely uncover the causes of their disorder and face the trauma. Clinicians will never make clients move faster than they are ready to go, but as clients face the trauma of their past, they will find strength and support from clinicians and peers alike. Through this treatment, clients can receive the reassurance and support they need to finally heal physically, psychologically, and emotionally, and to finally feel secure, safe, and whole.
While our clients make considerable and rapid improvements, dissociative disorders are often long-term conditions. Understanding this through years of experience, Solara Health provides the entire spectrum of care from in-residence to outpatient to transitional living to continuing, customized case management of long-term aftercare planning to ensure maximum, long-term success. Solara Health is committed and dedicated to freeing our clients from the clutches of dissociative disorders, and each of our programs is created to ensure this.
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What Our Clients Are Saying
The program has given me the tools I needed to really gain stability. For the first time in years - maybe for as long as I can remember, actually, I’m learning how to cope and manage my stressors and triggers. I now believe that I can find some relief and happiness.
Even though I’m not religious, I realized when I got sober that for the first time in my life I wanted to explore my spiritual side. I benefited hugely from the individual spiritual sessions that I had with Chris. I’m really grateful for that aspect of the whole treatment experience.
The Solara Treatment Program was a life-changing experience for me. To be able to heal in such a beautiful, peaceful environment, with such a terrific treatment team, was so amazingly positive. I have found my true self, again. I thank you and my family thanks you for helping me become the person I was meant to be.
I want to thank you and the entire staff and support system at Solara for taking such good care of my sister. On behalf of my entire family, we want you all to understand that your patience and kindness stretches further than you can see… Thank you, again and again, from the bottom of my heart.
We are so grateful to you for the treatment and care you provided our daughter. She is doing unbelievably well now thanks to your program. We will gladly tell anyone we encounter that needs treatment about the wonderful work you do at Solara.
The Solara program is truly amazing. I’ve never had more clarity or more good energy in my entire life. The attention the physicians and the therapists gave me was outstanding. I feel like they truly understood and addressed my issues, which had consumed my life for years. Thank you all.
I have never felt better than I do now, since completing your program. The truly caring and supportive staff and the intensive program changed my life. What a neat place to stay for treatment - I love Pacific Beach! I have learned skills and behavior to move forward with my life thanks to you.
Solara’s program was such a positive experience for our mom (and for us)! She had become almost impossible to deal with. Your entire staff was phenomenally supportive and kind and patient with her. We feel like we’ve got our mom back, now.
The therapists and counselors and really whole team were extremely beneficial to me and my understanding of my issues. The treatment plan they developed was exactly what I needed
Solara was truly a life-changing experience for me and for our children, because of what you did for my wife! The treatment team was phenomenally supportive and perfect for helping her with her anxiety and depression. We are all now moving forward to put our lives back together and it started with you all in Pacific Beach. Thank you for what you do.