The Complex Trauma and Dissociation Clinic

Recommended Reading

Here are some books recommended by our followers on Twitter for people looking to understand more about the nature and treatment of Dissociative Disorders.

Each person has worked with, or has lived experience of these conditions, and gives their reason behind the choice.

Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors; Janina Fisher


"It's really helpful in explaining how childhood trauma can affect people so severely that their personalities don't integrate."

The Body Keeps the Score: Mind, Brain and Body in the Transformation of Trauma; Bessell van der Kolk.


"This book explains how trauma lives in the body long after the trauma has ended. It also talks about ways to heal from this." @Multiplied_Is_M

A Fractured Mind: My Life with Multiple Personality Disorder; Robert Oxnam


"Very insightful and yet easy to read, its not a triggering book more just about living life with DID. Best I've ever read."


Coping with Trauma-Related Dissociation: Skills Training for Patients and Therapists; Suzette Boon, Kathy Steele, Onno van der Hart


"It's a mix of explanations and exercises that can be used in therapy and for self-help" @DIS_SOS


Becoming Yourself: Overcoming Mind Control and Ritual Abuse; Alison Miller


"For survivors of Ritual Abuse and Mind Control. Most helpful book I’ve read."

The Haunted Self: Structural Dissociation and the Treatment of Chronic Traumatization; Onno Van Der Hart, Ellert Nijenhuis, Kathy Steele


"This book gives hope for healing. Addressing some heavy and confusing complexities of structural dissociation. Breaks it down to understand it and builds a road to lead you to recovery." @GeGeGessicas

Overcoming Depersonalisation and Feelings of Unreality, 2nd Edition: A self-help guide using cognitive behavioural techniques , Baker et al


"Improved my clinical understanding. Very accessible as a self-help book."

Additional Resources

CTAD work alongside First Person Plural, an expert-by-experience organisation for people with Dissociative Disorders. Alongside ESTD and The Pottergate Centre, we produced two training DVDS,

"A Logical Way of Being" and "No Two Paths the Same". You can find more information and how to buy these via the FPP website by clicking on these two pictures of the DVDs.

If you would like to know more about dissociation, you can find information at the website of the European Society for Trauma and Dissociation (ESTD). Dr Mike Lloyd is a member, having just spent 7 years as one of the UK contacts. Click the image to visit their site.

CTAD Publications

Here are our latest articles which many people have been finding useful in their clinical work, or in negotiations with health providers for funding applications. 


This article demonstrates how treatment for dissociative identity disorder in NHS service actually reduces the use of service and associated costs by comparing before and after therapy.


Lloyd, M. (2016) Reducing the cost of dissociative identity disorder: Measuring the effectiveness of specialized treatment by frequency of contacts with mental health services, Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, 17 (3), pp 362-70


Click the Journal picture below to take you to the Journal of Trauma and Dissociation website to find out how to access the article.

Sarah Parry, from Manchester University, and Mike published this article, also in the Journal of Trauma and Dissociation. We looked at the experiences of people with dissociation on hospital wards. 


Parry, S. L., Lloyd, M. & Simpson, J. (2017) Experiences of therapeutic relationships on hospital wards, dissociation, and making connections, Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, 18:4, 544-558


Click the Journal picture below to take you to the Journal of Trauma and Dissociation website to find out how to access the article.