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.

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NESTTD is pausing all membership renewals and is not currently accepting new members

NESTTD has currently paused all membership renewals and is not currently accepting new applications for membership as we navigate serious organization challenges.   For more information, read here.

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.

An Update on NESTTD's BIPOC scholarship fund drive  

From your generous donations, we are so happy to announce that we were able to raise money to support two full scholarships to Diane Desplantes’ EMDR Basic Training. Ms.  Desplantes, LCSW is an approved EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) trauma psychotherapist, certified in clinical social work supervision, and an expert witness in the New Jersey courts.  You can learn more about this program and meet our two recipients here.   To support future scholarship efforts, click here.

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.

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 additions include videos from our Fundamentals workshop in March of 2022!

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,  April 30, 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.

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.


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

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