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Loss of Role / Identity


Is this your issue?

Clients with this problem describe it in a variety of ways:

  • I don’t know who I am.
  • I need to find myself.
  • I don’t feel quite real; my voice doesn’t feel like it is coming from myself.
  • I identify with many roles in life, but I can’t quite find what I want to do.
  • I have to have very defined and rigid roles, or else I feel an existential dread and anxiety.
  • In conversations, when the identity is threatened, I feel that I have to rigidly defend my point of view.
  • I feel existential dread if my self-identity role is taken away.

This problem usually occurs when a person loses their role in life. It turns out that for some people, the rigid, role-bound self-identity was a defense, used to avoid feelings of annihilation and dread in the core of their body. If their ability to play out their role is blocked for some reason (they are a teacher who is fired; a mother whose children have left; and so on), they start to feel the dread and try to either hold onto the old role, or live a new one to hold the feelings at bay.



Treatment
Treatment is quick and simple, typically taking three sessions of between 1-2 hours. It involves regression to an early developmental event, followed by the use of standard trauma-healing techniques. The biggest issue is the adjustment time needed after treatment, which can last for weeks. During this time, the client finds themselves discovering who they are outside of the rigid role(s) they had. We don't recommend the client make any major decisions during this period, until their sense of themselves stabilizes.

Clinic Staff Therapists
Some of the Peak States clinic staff that specialise in our treatment to address a loss of role/identity include:

Name Country Languages Contact details
Marzena Defler Poland Polish https://www.peakstatestherapy.com/defler.php
Julien Roux Canada, France, Switzerland French, English https://www.peakstatestherapy.com/roux.php
Astrid Paulini Germany German, English https://www.peakstatestherapy.com/paulini.php
Shayne McKenzie Australia, Europe, UK, US, Canada English https://www.peakstatestherapy.com/mckenzie.php
Mary Pellicer MD USA English https://www.peakstatestherapy.com/pellicer.php
Agata Szyplinkska Spain, Sweden Polish, English, Spanish https://www.peakstatestherapy.com/szyplinska.php
Nemi Nath Australia English, German https://www.peakstatestherapy.com/nath.php
Lailah Johansson Denmark Danish, English https://www.peakstatestherapy.com/johansson.php
Kirsten Lykkegaard DVM Europe Danish, English https://www.peakstatestherapy.com/lykkegaard.php
Ghita Ibnbrahim (on maternity leave) Canada French, English https://www.peakstatestherapy.com/ibnbrahim.php



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Revision History
1.1 Jun 4, 2022: Added list of certified clinic staff for this process.
1.0 Jan 6, 2010: First draft of the treatment process.