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PODS’ best-selling Dissociation Resource Guide and Child Sexual Abuse Resource Guide have now both been released in new and updated second editions. Available now for £8.00 including P&P.

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PODS has its own page on Facebook. Please visit it by clicking on the link to the left and ‘like’ it to receive updates and wall posts.

You can also sign up to follow Carolyn (@CarolynSpring) on Twitter!

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PODS provides a private online forum for dissociative survivors and their partners or supporters.

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PODS holds a register of therapists and counsellors who are willing to work with trauma and dissociation. There are currently around 1400 people on our register.

If you are looking for a therapist, please get in touch with us and we will email you a list of therapists in your local area.

If you are a therapist/counsellor and would like to join our register, please also contact us to find out more about our requirements.

This is not an ‘open forum’ which is free for anyone to join as there are several of these available on the internet already.  Instead, this is a ‘closed forum’ and access is only granted to people who have made contact with PODS either via the helpline, by email, or by having attended a training day.  The other requirement is to be a ‘Friend of PODS’.

If you would like more information about joining the forum, including a copy of our guidelines, please email us: info@pods-online.org.uk.

PODS provides:

PODS is run by Rob and Carolyn Spring, who are assisted by a small staff team and some volunteers, some of whom have a dissociative disorder. Rob is a qualified counsellor and Carolyn is a freelance writer, speaker and trainer who developed DID as a result of organised abuse. Go to Meet the Team.


Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) may affect as much as 1.5% of the population (Johnson et al, 2006). That’s just under 1 million people in the UK.  At least a further 3.5% of the population may suffer from another dissociative disorder, which equates to a further 2 million people (see here for details of statistics).

PODS exists to make recovery from dissociative disorders a reality through training, informing and supporting.  Click here for a PDF about us.

PODS is a project run by START (Survivors Trauma and Abuse Recovery Trust), a registered charity number 1161950.


PODS runs a helpline on Tuesday evenings between 6 and 8 pm. If you cannot get through, please leave a message and we will phone you back ASAP. Appointments can also be made to speak at other times - please either leave a message or email. This is not a ‘crisis’ helpline (like the Samaritans) but we are happy to speak with DID survivors, partners and anyone who is living with or supporting someone with dissociation or DID, or professionals seeking advice.

Helpline Number (freephone)

0800 181 4420

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Carolyn Spring, Director of PODS, has recently released her first book on the Kindle platform. A collection of her essays, ‘Recovery is my best revenge: my experience of trauma, abuse and dissociative identity disorder’ is available for £2.99 by going to:


A second volume will be released alongside a printed edition, combining volumes 1 & 2, in 2015.

Don’t have a Kindle? No problem! Kindle reading apps are free and available for iPad/iPhone/Mac, Android & Windows. Go to:


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The latest edition (June 2015) of the PODS magazine Multiple Parts is now available and can be ordered here. Written for survivors by survivors, this resource is published three times a year in February, June and October and is now a full colour printed publication with a new design. It contains articles of interest to both survivors and professionals.

Go to www.pods-online.org.uk/resources to order the latest edition.  A free PDF version of the February edition is now available here.

Friends of PODS receive the printed version free of charge as soon as it is published.

Saturday 26 September 2015 in Darlington

Saturday 5 December 2015 in Cambs

Cost: £75.00 per person

Group discounts & concessions

also available

A training day for people who work with people who have been hurt by people. A day about our intrinsic value as human beings, and how our experiences of relationships shape us—for ill or for good.

For further information and a booking form

please go to our events page.  

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‘Trauma and the Body - Somatisation and Dissociation’

Trauma doesn’t just affect the mind and the emotions.  It profoundly affects the brain and the body too.  Often ‘the body remembers’ what the mind cannot.

Why is it that so many trauma survivors not only suffer from ‘psychological’ disorders such as Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) but also from a whole raft of physical issues — chronic pain; frequent or recurrent infections; auto-immune disorders such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (aka ME), fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis; and difficulty in both connecting with the body and living healthily?  The body is both the medium through which often the original trauma was enacted, and the source of ongoing suffering and self-hatred.

Come and find out what long-term impact trauma has on the body, and most importantly what we can do about it!  This day has run already run successfully on a number of occasions so far, around the country.  The workshop will be running as follows:

For more information and to book, go to our events page.

There are other courses you can also book onto. Go to our events page for further information.

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Would you like to support the work that PODS does? If so, become a ‘friend’!

Apart from training days, which are self-sustaining through charging an attendance fee, all of PODS’ other activities require the support of grants or donations.

Become a ‘friend of PODS’ for £20.00 a year (UK individual) and you will receive each of the 3 editions throughout the year of the printed version of Multiple Parts in the post as soon as it is published. You will also receive the last back copy as a PDF by email and will be entitled to a £5.00 discount on every PODS training day.


And more importantly, you will be helping us to continue to provide the services we do, which includes publishing Multiple Parts, providing resources such as the free Emergency DID Information Cards and Resource Guides, and providing the helpline which has so far supported over 500 people.

For more information on how to become a ‘Friend’, as well as organisational and overseas ‘Friendships’, please click here.


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