Rachel C. Thomas
Clinic for Dissociative Studies, London, UK (CDS UK)
I am a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with nearly 18 years of post-qualification experience in Clinical Psychology, having qualified from the South Thames doctoral program, London, UK, in 2000 following four-year training. In addition, I am a qualified Consultant Adult Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, having undertaken a further post-qualification training at the Tavistock Centre in Adult Psychotherapy (2004-8).
I worked at the Tavistock Centre, London, UK, as a Consultant Psychologist and Psychotherapist for nearly 10 years (2004-14) within their Adult Directorate. For the duration of this period, I was a senior clinician in the Tavistock Clinic's specialist Trauma Unit and worked additionally with many complex adult patients with significant psychiatric morbidity.
In March 2014, I left my post at the Tavistock to take up the role of Clinical Lead and Director Elect for the Clinic for Dissociative Studies, UK, a well-reputed and specialised, NHS-funded, national trauma clinic working with survivors of extreme trauma and dissociative disorders in the UK. I became Director of the Clinic in January 2017 upon the retirement of my predecessor and the Clinic's founder, Dr Valerie Sinason.
I have also been working as an Expert Witness in complex trauma since 2002 and have prepared several hundred reports for court connected to the psychological and psychiatric condition of traumatised asylum seekers. I have received a number of commendations for my reports from the UK immigration tribunals for this work.
Sunday, March 25
1:50 PM – 2:10 PM
Sunday, March 25
4:30 PM – 4:50 PM