Did you understand your therapist in regards to "safe place"? In EMDR terminology this does not mean being hospitalized and so I am wondering if you may have confused something. Also, if you know you have dissociative tendencies then you probably know what dissociation is. I,too, find that one a bit difficult to grasp because it is on a continuum. For myself it tends to be a disconnect from feelings associated with memories, a disconnect from my body - not feeling emotions or being aware that I am tensed up.
Also, please do not do yourself a disservice by comparing your traumas to others - a comparison of suffering only serves to minimize when minimization is not needed. I have done the same and, yet, if anyone else were to tell me they had the experiences I had I would be greatly shocked. They happened to me, not so bad as others. If they had happened to someone else they would seem much more horrible than I can admit. (a bit of denial comes into play - I think some would say that denial is a form of/part of dissociation)
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