The Trauma Recovery Institute

The Trauma Recovery Institute

Leading International Complex Trauma Recovery Specialists

A Neuro-Scientific Based PsychoSocialSomatic Approach

The Trauma Recovery Institute is a Leading international clinic specialising in complex trauma recovery, complex trauma training for clinicians and working with trauma based presentations which may manifest in chronic disease, depression, personality disorders, dissociation, ptsd and challenges in functioning in life and loving relationships. The Trauma Recovery Institute offers a world unique Neuro-Scientific Based PsychoSocialSomatic approach to complex trauma and relationships incorporating object relations psychodynamic psychosomatic psychotherapy with interpersonal neurobiology, lifestyle medicine and cell danger response theory. Our unique approach is trauma & polyvagal informed neurosequential orientated complex trauma recovery grounded in Interpersonal Neurobiology, an integrative, consilient and coherent blend of bottom up and top down therapeutics delivered through a framework of safety and collaboration, helping clients on their journey from reactive survival to receptive secure functioning.

The Trauma Recovery Institute offers a number of unique comprehensive nervous system based trauma informed therapies, courses, workshops and programs for individuals, couples and families including high profile individuals, addressing underlying psychological trauma, chronic stress, chronic disease and the presenting symptoms ubiquitous with trauma. We also offer comprehensive trauma informed interpersonal neurobiological training for clinicians.


Our Complex Trauma Specialist

Darren Maguire M.I.G.P.S is a psychodynamic psychotherapist and complex trauma specialist and currently serves as the clinical Director at The Trauma Recovery Institute.

Darren has a background in psychology, Interpersonal Neurobiology, addiction treatment, transference focussed psychotherapy, conscious parenting and relationship coaching. Darren has developed a number of theoretical and practical models for working with complex trauma, sexual abuse and challenging relationships. These models are grounded in classical object relations, polyvagal theory, attachment research and interpersonal neurobiology.


Trauma Clinicians

Trauma clinicians at The Trauma Recovery Institute have a wealth of experience in clinical hours, diversity of client work, research and scientific training and offer expertise in working with complex ptsd, personality disorders and sexual abuse recovery.

We also offer a specialised trauma and polyvagal informed program for addressing intimacy and relationship challenges using trauma informed relational model. We offer in person and Skype consultations for you to explore our neuroscientific based psychosocialsomatic approach. These consultations are suitable for individuals, professionals, families and couples. The Trauma recovery Institute offers a very safe supportive space for deep relational work with highly skilled and experienced psychotherapists accredited with The International Group of Trauma Informed Psychotherapy Specialisation (IGPS), which holds the highest accreditation standard in Europe & USA. The Trauma Recovery Institute uses a highly structured psychotherapeutic approach called Dynamic Psychosocialsomatic Psychotherapy (DPP).

Dynamic Psychosocialsomatic Psychotherapy (DPP) atThe Trauma Recovery Institute


Dynamic Psychosocialsomatic Psychotherapy (DPP)

is a highly structured, once to twice weekly-modified psychodynamic treatment based on the psychoanalytic model of object relations. This approach is also informed by the latest in neuroscience, interpersonal neurobiology and attachment theory.

As with traditional psychodynamic psychotherapy relationship takes a central role within the treatment and the exploration of internal relational dyads.

Our approach differs in that also central to the treatment is the focus on the transference and countertransference, an awareness of shifting bodily states in the present moment and a focus on the client’s external relationships, emotional life and lifestyle.

Dynamic Psychosocialsomatic Psychotherapy (DPP)

is an integrative treatment approach for working with complex trauma, borderline personality organization and dissociation.

This treatment approach attempts to address the root causes of trauma-based presentations and fragmentation, seeking to help the client heal early experiences of abandonment, neglect, trauma, and attachment loss, that otherwise tend to play out repetitively and cyclically throughout the lifespan in relationship struggles, illness and addictions. Clients enter a highly structured treatment plan, which is created by client and therapist in the contract setting stage. The Treatment plan is contracted for a fixed period of time and at least one individual or group session weekly.

Dynamic Psychosocialsomatic Psychotherapy (DPP)

is an overall evidence-based treatment approach for working with complex trauma and dissociation, that addresses the root causes of trauma-based presentations and fragmentation, and so results in long term recovery.

Highly effective psychological and somatic techniques are woven into a carefully staged treatment approach, which systemically integrates significant relationships into the treatment process. Dynamic Psychosocialsomatic Psychotherapy (DPP) seeks to heal early experiences of abandonment, neglect, trauma, and attachment loss, that otherwise tend to play out repetitively and cyclically throughout the lifespan in relationship struggles, illness and addictions.

It is unique in that it approaches the body first (bottom-up processing) and unlike any other form of therapy also integrates the social element of looking at the clients nutrition, environment, support structures, relationships, level of intimacy and attachment style. Dynamic Psychosocialsomatic Psychotherapy (DPP) involves working with the unconscious drive, behaviour, emotions, thoughts, body structure, posture and movements, the environment (relationships, support and nutrition) and transference.


Represents the unconscious driver and transferential dyadic material


Refers to psychobiological interplay of behaviours, emotions, beliefs and thoughts observed in a neurosequential model.

Dynamic PsychoSocialSomatic Psychotherapy (DPP)

Trauma & Polyvagal Informed Neurosequential application of Interpersonal Neurobiology.


Refers to attachment style and relationships through the framework of interpersonal neurobiology and Lifestyle Medicine.


Represents bodily systems, autonomic nervous system, posture, movements & health through the lens of polyvagal and cell danger response theory.


At The Trauma Recovery Institute We Focus

On how to work more directly and effectively with bodily-based emotions, unconscious affect and transference - countertransference within the therapeutic relationship, especially in “heightened affective moments” of the session.

Attention is also placed upon working with the defenses of right brain dissociation and left brain repression that blot out strong emotions from consciousness. This central focus on right (and not left) brain affect regulation in the co-created psychotherapy relationship shifts the clinical focus from a reasoned, coherent cognitive narrative to a spontaneous emotion-laden conversation. In this manner the clinical emphasis moves from objective cognitive insight to the subjective change mechanisms embedded in the emotional attachment bond of the therapeutic relationship itself. Trauma Recovery is a complex pursuit and due to trauma and neglect’s impact on all bodily systems, any approach to address the presenting symptoms will be an oversimplified model, therefore we must approach trauma with a multidisciplinary approach on top of cultivating presence and establishing a strong therapeutic alliance with our clients.

The Polyvagal Theory

Polyvagal Theory provides a revolutionary map of the nervous system, describing the underlying basis for our behaviour and feelings.

The theory proposes that much of our cognitive and emotional intelligence stems from our physical state. Our body has an innate sense of when we are safe and when we are not, and our body responds accordingly by speeding up our heart rate and stress levels if we feel unsafe and have the need to fight or flee— slowing down heart rate and higher brain functions when we are scared to death (“freezing”), or relaxing us and increasing our ability to engage socially and think creatively when we feel safe and appreciated.


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