An Introduction to CDS and Overview of What We Offer

CDS UK (Clinic for Dissociative Studies) is a specialist service offering assessments and treatment for people with dissociative disorders. We are a registered charity and an independent provider to the NHS.

We provide diagnosis, outpatient treatment, clinical supervision, consultancy and training all over the UK. We also participate in research and education, contributing to what we hope is a greater understanding of dissociative disorders.

Dissociative disorders typically arise in response to extreme and repetitive trauma and/or abuse in early childhood.

Dissociation can be a survival mechanism and adaptive response to overwhelming and traumatic experiences, enabling an individual to endure life events that no one person could be expected to manage without a severe impact on their wellbeing.

Find out more about what we offer patients, including assessments, getting referred and treatment options.


Information about referring somebody to CDS UK, including how the process works, what is needed and how long it will usually take.


More information about various types of dissociative disorders, how they can arise and some of the symptoms that may be present.

Our Services

We offer a range of services including detailed clinical assessments, tailored treatment packages, training, consultancy and clinical supervision.


About Us

Find out about our organisation’s history and our current staff, as well as information about safeguarding, charitable work, and publications by members of our team.



This page provides links to a range of external websites and useful related resources which may be able to offer additional support, information and advice.


    Getting in Touch

We are able to offer general information and advice to clinicians, commissioners and those who may have a dissociative disorder as well as partners, carers and families.  However the Clinic is not currently able to offer a helpline service.


Some patient testimonials…

I feel without my weekly sessions there is no way I could cope with life and also cope with the traumatic memories that are resurfacing and a lot of suicide ideation that I otherwise would have likely acted on.”

“I feel that there is hope that I may be able to get through this. My therapist is always there when things get very difficult. I Don’t need to explain, so I feel understood and safe.”

“My experience of your service has been a good one. All your team has shown me that I am being listened to. That you are safe, professional without being clinical. Thank you for all you do.” 

Latest News From CDS UK

Congratulations To Dr Valerie Sinason

Congratulations from all of us to Dr Valerie Sinason, CDS UK Founder and Former Director, who has just been made ...
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CDS UK Congratulates Kathryn Livingstone From First Person Plural

on the award of her New Year's honour for services to people with dissociative disorders. An excellent recognition of the ...
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Announcing the Appointment of Two New Members of the Senior Management Team

CDS UK is delighted to announce the appointment of two new members of the senior management team Mr Mark Linington ...
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CDS UK Addresses ISSTD International Conference in Chicago: 22-26 March 2018

Senior staff from CDS UK again represented a substantial portion of the UK's contribution to the international field of complex ...
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