Clinical Treatment Approach

Our recovery-focused treatment model is based on the widely accepted, three-phase paradigm of trauma treatment that has evidence-based support in the ISSTD Guidelines for the Treatment of Dissociative Identity Disorder in Adults, 3rd Edition (2011); the ISTSS Expert Consensus Treatment Guidelines for Complex PTSD in Adults (2012); and the Treatment of Patients with Dissociative Disorders (TOPDD) study, prospective research project on treatment outcome for patients with severe dissociative disorders.

  • Phase one focuses on the establishment of basic safety for the individual, stabilization of symptoms, and development of coping skills for emotional and self-regulation and for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and dissociative symptoms
  • Phase two, while also focused on the goals of stabilization and safety, concentrates more directly on emotional recollection and integration of trauma memories
  • Phase three focuses on reconnection and reintegration into the present, as traumatic memories and adaptations no longer dominate the individual's life