The New England Society for the Treatment of Trauma and Dissociation (NESTTD) is devoted to providing education, training, and resources on the effective treatment of psychological trauma, complex trauma and dissociation.

Founded in 1984, NESTTD is incorporated as a nonprofit organization. The society has its headquarters in Massachusetts and has members from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Upcoming Events

An Important Update from Our Nominations Committee

We have several key openings in our organization, and we need your help if we are to continue our important work.  Is 2022 the year you can do more to help?  Please read this important message here.

Statement of Solidarity with Black Lives

In keeping with our goal to support Black lives, to work towards becoming an antiracist organization and our promise to you, our valued members,  the NESTTD Board and committee members have written a Statement of Solidarity with Black lives.  Read the statement here.

NESTTD Launches BIPOC scholarship fund drive.   

Click here to learn more and support this effort.

NESTTD Supports the AAPI Community

Stop Asian Hate.  We, at NESTTD, are distraught and dispirited by the unnerving escalation of violence against the Asian, Asian-American, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. NESTTD stands in support and solidarity with the AAPI community.  Read our full statement here.

For a list of mental health resources for the AAPI Community, click here.

Our blog has been updated!  Check out our latest entry here.

Videos for purchase

We now offer a number of videos for purchase  from our events and programs.  To purchase one of our videos, click here.  For a description of all videos available, please click here for a full listing.  Our latest addition:

Heather Hall MD:  Dissociation and Misdiagnosis in Populations Experiencing Chronic Discrimination and Social Defeat

$50.00 - Member price

$60.00 - Regular price

Please Note:  This video is offered free of charge to self-identified BIPOC clinicians.   Please send an email to our office at to take advantage of this unique offer!

A Conversation with Pat Ogden,  Ph.D

 In this featured interview, Uncovering Implicit Biases, Pat Ogden (founder and director of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute) shares the most essential commitment for White trauma therapists to embark upon towards establishing an anti-racist clinical practice.   (Interviewer: Barbara Phillips, PhD, LICSW (Certified Sensorimotor Psychotherapist, SPI-Approved Consultant)

To see the interview, click here.

2020-2021 Board of Directors


Deborah Hughes, LICSW


Carolinda Sterczala, MSW


Jessica Reed, LICSW


Carol Lambert


Kimberly Cherry, PhD

Rina Dubin,  Ed.D

Lauren Petrilli, LICSW

Garry Ratliff, Sr, MS, MFT

NESTTD Committees

We have several committees on which our members serve to accomplish all of the great things we do.  Program, Racial Justice and Equity, Membership,  Outreach and Publicity, Friday Afternoon Series and Nominations are all welcoming new members!  Learn more about our committees here:

Board Meeting Highlights

Find out what our NESTTD Board is focusing on here.

Next Board Meeting:  Saturday,  December 11, 10:00 am -12:30 pm

All Board and committee members are welcome to attend.  Please RSVP to and materials/zoom link will be provided.    Winter 2022 Board Meeting dates:   January 29,  February 19th , March 26th,  April 30th,  May 21st,  June 18th.  All meetings will be from 10 am to 12:30 pm, and are currently scheduled to be held via Zoom.


Need a referral?  Check out our searchable directory,  Find-A-Therapist.

Membership in NESTTD

Apply for Membership Online

We'd love to have you join us by becoming a member of NESTTD.  Access unique website features available only to members, enjoy networking opportunities with other mental health clinicians, be eligible for early sign-ups for our workshops, and receive reduced prices for our programs and workshops, including at least two free half-day sessions. 

A Special Invitation to our BIPOC Colleagues

In keeping with our commitment and vision to become an Anti-Racist Organization, the Board and Committee Members of NESTTD are in a process of change and growth.    As a part of this ongoing process and as a measure of Invitation and Solidarity with Black lives, NESTTD will be eliminating fees (Membership and Programs) for the 2020-2021 season for our colleagues who self-identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color).

For our Members