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Clinic for Dissociative Studies


Valerie Sinason (Director)

Clinic for Dissociative Studies


0207 794 1655


The Clinic for Dissociative Studies was established by Valerie Sinason in 1998 as a small specialist outpatient mental health service for people suffering from the range of dissociative disorders.  It was established following the completion of a Department of Health-funded research project on sadistic ritual abuse.  This project had been undertaken by Dr Rob Hale, consultant psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, and Valerie Sinason, consultant child psychotherapist and adult psychoanalyst, at the Portman Clinic in London.  The research project had found that a significant minority of subjects in the research sample were dissociative.  With the aid of the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust, the Clinic for Dissociative Studies was established as an independent provider to the NHS.  

The Clinic for Dissociative Studies offers individual, couples and family psychotherapy, which can be on a non-intensive or intensive basis.  Intensive psychotherapy is from twice-weekly; where necessary to aid traveling or other problems, this can be offered on the same day through a double session.

The Clinic offers multi-disciplinary assessments, which are carried out by a consultant psychologist, psychiatrist and psychoanalyst/psychotherapist.  Treatment offered is psychoanalytically-based, is tailored to suit the individual client and can include a mixture of therapies.

ESTD (European Society for Trauma and



European Society for the Study

of Trauma and Dissociation

1ste Hogeweg 16-a

3701 HK Zeist

The Netherlands

0031 30 6977841


Aims of the ESTD:

  • To promote an increase in the knowledge of Trauma, Dissociation and all disorders related to chronic traumatisation.
  • To provide professional and public education about dissociation, trauma and trauma related disorders.
  • To support communication and cooperation among clinicians and other professionals in the field of dissociation and trauma.
  • To stimulate national and international research projects.
  • To provide knowledge and education specifically to those countries in Europe who do not have easy access in this field.

Has a UK Listserve with over 120 professionals, contact: mike.lloyd@cwp.nhs.uk

First Person Plural


PO Box 2537




The UK Survivor-led Association for Dissociative Survivors of Abuse & Trauma and their allies.

First Person Plural is a small UK-wide registered charity led by abuse survivors with first hand experience of complex dissociative distress. We are a membership association open to dissociative survivors, their friends, family & professional allies and anyone with an interest in dissociation who wishes to support our work. Much of our work is achieved through a mutual support model which means that members support each other with self-help tips, information etc through the medium of the newsletter and attendance at occasional open members meetings.

ISSTD (International Society for the

Study of Trauma and Dissociation)


International Society for

the Study of Trauma and


8400 Westpark Drive

Second Floor

McLean VA 22102


The International Society for the Study of Trauma & Dissociation (ISSTD) is the only international nonprofit professional society that:

  • Promotes research and training in the identification and treatment of dissociative disorders,
  • Provides professional and public education about dissociative disorders,
  • Supports international communication and cooperation among clinicians and investigators working in the field of dissociation, and
  • Promotes development of local component groups for study, education and referral.

Izzy’s Promise



Izzy's Promise

1 Victoria Road



01382 206222


Izzy’s Promise is a charity organisation based in Dundee, Scotland (UK) that offers free and confidential support services to :

  • Ritual/organised abuse survivors
  • Refugees
  • Asylum seekers
  • Ethnic minorities
  • People trafficked via rituals

As recognised experts in the field of ritual and organised abuse we also:

  • Offer training and consultancy services
  • Conduct research into causes of ritual abuse and any ways of preventing or relieving the suffering caused by abuse
  • Recruit and train volunteers to work towards supporting survivors of ritual/organised abuse and those who support them
  • Network with other agencies



National Association of People

Abused in Childhood (NAPAC)

PO Box 63632



Support Line: 0800 085 3330

NAPAC is the National Association for People Abused in Childhood. We are a registered charity, based in the UK, providing support and information for people abused in childhood.

PODS - Positive Outcomes for Dissociative Survivors


83a High Street



PE29 9GJ

Office: 01480 878409


PODS raises awareness and provides education and information for people who suffer from a dissociative disorder, including Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID).  

PODS provides:

  • information and awareness training days/workshops to inform and educate about the reality of living with and recovering from dissociation, trauma and sexual abuse
  • resources such as an e-newsletter, Information Booklets and Emergency DID Information cards
  • signposting to other helpful organisations

Pottergate Centre


Remy Aquarone (Director)

The Pottergate Centre for

Trauma and Dissociation

26 Princes Street



01603 660029 / 633115


The Centre offers a wide range of services to professionals, to clients who may have a dissociative disorder and to the public at large.

Our experienced team is dedicated to provide the best possible service for this area of complex trauma.

The Pottergate Centre for Dissociation & Trauma offers a wide range of services tailored to the specific needs of individual Professional Services across the country. These include Assessments, Treatment Plans, Consultancy, Training, Court Reports and Research. In addition, we offer supervision, consultancy and support for therapists working with this client group.

Services Offered

Assessment: A full Psychiatric and Dissociative Assessment is undertaken using DES (Dissociative Experience Scale), SDQ20 (Somatoform Dissociation Questionnaire) and SCID D (Structured Clinical Interview for DSM IV Dissociative Disorders). A detailed report is sent that will include a recommended treatment plan.

Treatment Plans: A variety of treatment plans can be offered. This can include any of the following depending on requirements: weekly 2 hour individual therapy ; up to three times a week 50 minute individual sessions; weekly group analytical psychotherapy; local psychiatric cover; short term residential stay.

Consultancy: This is a unique feature that the Centre is able to offer in partnership with the funding body. We are able to meet with the psychiatric team on location and help put together a Care Plan tailored to their requirements and that of the patient in question. This can include training of a local designated psychotherapist; supervision of the individual therapy; initial facilitating of the multi-disciplinary team (Consultant Psychiatrist, GP, CPN, etc).  A key element to a good outcome, with this patient group, is a contained holding environment where the patient’s potential for splitting is reduced to a minimum.

Training: Workshops are regularly offered in Norwich and can be organized nationally for both therapists and multi-disciplinary teams.

Reports: The Centre is experienced in undertaking Court Reports as well as assessments for Social Services. We are also able to provide 'Capacity Assessments' for Professional Organisations requiring an independent assessment under the recent Mental Capacity Act 2005.

RAINS (Ritual Abuse Information

Network & Support)



Ritual Abuse Information Network and Support is a support group and provides information for people working with child or adult survivors of ritual abuse.

They also assist survivors in accessing individual support.

Sidran Institute


PO Box 436


MD 21022-0436


Because many people underestimate the developmental, emotional, psychological, and spiritual injuries that can result when people experience or witness traumatic events, Sidran Traumatic Stress Institute, Inc. (formerly Foundation) is:

A nonprofit organization of international scope that helps people understand, recover from, and treat:

  • traumatic stress (including PTSD)
  • dissociative disorders, and
  • co-occurring issues, such as addictions, self injury, and suicidality.

We develop and deliver:

  • educational programming
  • resources for treatment, support, and self-help
  • trauma-informed community and professional collaboration projects and
  • publications about trauma and recovery

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