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.

Important News from NESTTD

Over the past year, we have communicated multiple times about the difficulties we've faced in recruiting new volunteers for leadership roles during this challenging time.  Very recently, several talented individuals have reached out in reply to our pleas for help.  We conducted multiple interviews with these highly qualified professionals, to whom we are extremely grateful.  However, after careful and comprehensive consideration of all alternatives, and with several of our experienced Board members departing the organization this year, the Board has ultimately concluded that NESTTD simply does not have the numbers to continue our work on a volunteer basis, nor do we have the financial capacity to hire sufficient staff.    Sadly and regretfully,  the NESTTD Board of Directors has concluded it is no longer feasible for our organization to operate and has voted to dissolve. For more information, read 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!

2021-2022 Board of Directors


Deborah Hughes, LICSW


Carolinda Sterczala, MSW


Jessica Reed, LICSW


Carol Lambert


Rina Dubin,  Ed.D

Lauren Petrilli, LICSW

Garry Ratliff, Sr, MS, MFT

Roberta Fortgang, LICSW (Interim)

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, June 18, 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.   

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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