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Trauma Resolution Integration Program | NSU

Trauma Resolution Integration Program

About Our Program

The NSU Trauma Resolution & Integration Program (TRIP) provides specialized psychological services to individuals age 18 and above who have been exposed to a traumatic situation and are currently experiencing problems in functioning as a result of the traumatic experience. Examples of traumatic situations include childhood abuse, rape, physical assault, or a life-threatening accident or injury that creates ongoing distress that interferes with day-to-day functioning and maintaining satisfactory interpersonal relationships.

Whether or not they have experienced a traumatic incident, we also treat Individuals age 18 and above with dissociative experiences that disturb them or that interfere with their ability to function effectively. Examples of dissociative experiences include: "spaciness," difficulty staying focused on the here and now; not feeling real or feeling as if one's surrounding are not real; losing time or not being able to remember entire periods of one's life; and a radically shifting sense of self. A combination of individual psychotherapy and participation in coping-skills training groups form the core of the treatment package we offer.

We also provide couples and family therapy to individuals with trauma-related and dissociative symptoms as needed.

In addition, we also offer Dialectical Behavior Therapy groups that run on various days and times of the week all year. These groups are open to any individuals age 18 and up. Requirements for participation include current enrollment in individual therapy, although it is not a requirement to receive individual therapy services at TRIP.

Special Populations Served

This specialized program serves individuals ages 18 and above who:

  • Are experiencing problems resulting from sexual or physical assault/abuse occurring in childhood
  • Are experiencing problems resulting from sexual or physical assault/abuse occurring in childhood
  • Have posttraumatic stress disorder in response to a single event trauma (e.g., crime, natural disaster, serious injury) in adulthood
  • Manifest serious dissociative symptoms
  • Have problems with sexual addiction.
  • Identify as a sexual and gender minority and have experienced trauma(s) 

Services Provided

Clinical Services
Psychological assessment for trauma-related and dissociative disorder diagnoses, as well as individual and group therapy, are available for adults 18 years of age and older in South Florida.

Services are available regardless of individual’s race, color, gender, age, presence of disability, sexual orientation, religion or creed, or national origin.

Group Services
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) - Four skills modules serving to help participants cultivate a mastery of behavioral, emotional and cognitive stability. The four modules include mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness.

Male-Identifying Survivors of Trauma Group - The TRIP Male Identifying Survivor Group is founded upon the Contextual Trauma Therapy model (CTT; Gold, 2000), which addresses the following; understanding the impact of trauma on one’s identity and masculinity, stress related coping skills, addressing feelings of shame and guilt, building strong relationships with family and friends, societal impacts of being a male trauma survivor, creating stability in times of chaos.

Sexual-and-Gender-Minority-Identifying Survivors of Trauma Group – The TRIP sexual and gender minority (SGM) identifying survivor group operates from a trauma-informed affirmative care model that highlights individuals’ strengths, explores how trauma affects one’s sense of identity, and empowers individuals to express themselves safely and assertively.

Opportunities exist for specialized training and instruction to mental health professionals, students, and regional agencies. We routinely provide trainings on trauma-informed care, dialectical behavior therapy, dissociation and trauma-related disorders, and trauma-informed affirmative care for sexual and gender minorities.

State-of-the-art research to develop more effective treatment regimens for survivors of trauma through the assessment of abusive experiences, family environment, treatment outcome, therapeutic alliance, and dissociative symptoms.


The Psychology Services Center is a fee-for-service facility that provides services at affordable rates. Some individuals may qualify for low-cost therapy contingent upon available funds and other criteria.

The Program Directors

The NSU Trauma Resolution & Integration Program is directed by Steven N. Gold, Ph.D.. He is a licensed psychologist and clinical supervisor, and has been a professor of clinical psychology since 1982.

The Assistant Director of TRIP is Amy E. Ellis, Ph.D. She is a licensed psychologist and clinical supervisor.

Clinic Hours

By appointment only
Monday–Thursday, 9:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Friday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
For more information or an appointment, please call (954) 262-5851.
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