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COVID-19 Update

Notice Regarding COVID-19

CDS UK (Clinic for Dissociative Studies) remains open and our therapists and therapeutic teams continue to support their patients. In most most cases this will be online or on the phone. We are following all NHS and Government guidelines with regard to safer working.

We recognise that everyone is under more strain at this very difficult time. We know that this current situation will be having a significant impact on people’s mental health as well as potentially their physical health. We aim at CDS UK to continue to offer our support to people throughout this time.

We will continue to be available for contact with professionals and potential patients wishing to discuss possible referrals and we will continue to support funding requests to Clinical Commissioning Groups.

When funding for assessments is agreed, our clinical management team will consider whether we can offer an assessment on a case by case basis.In most instances we will have to delay assessments until the COVID-19 restrictions are relaxed. Online assessments will be considered, where appropriate safety measures can be put in place.

We are still accepting applications (via a CV and covering letter) for those professionals wishing to register to work with us.

Our accounts team may take a little longer to respond to queries. Calls to the clinic will still be answered. However, we may be able to respond more quickly to queries by e-mail at

Referrals – Please send through all referrals via email to as our staff are currently working from home and the post will be checked less frequently than normal.

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 a fellow of the ISSTD – March 2018 – to add to her Lifetime Achievement Award of 2016. Fitting recognition to her lasting contribution to the field of complex trauma and dissociation.

Dr Rachel Thomas Appointed Clinic Director

RachelOn 9th January 2017 Dr Rachel Thomas, Consultant Clinical Psychologist & Consultant Adult Psychotherapist took over as Clinic Director, succeeding Dr Valerie Sinason, who retired from the post at the age of 70 years.

Dr Thomas stated:  ‘it is a challenge but a great privilege to be following in the footsteps of the Clinic’s founder and pioneer. I hope I can both do justice to her legacy and also take the Clinic forward into a new era of development in 2017. I am delighted that Dr Sinason’s expertise remains available to the Clinic in a senior consultative role going forward’.

Dr Thomas was previously the Clinic’s lead clinician, following 20 years’ experience working in the NHS in complex mental health with traumatised patients.