Edred Flak

Integrative Psychotherapy; Psychotherapy with Complex Patients; Dissociative Identity Disorder; Trauma

Edred Flak is an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Toronto, in the Division of General Psychiatry.  He is the Clinical Director of the Inpatient Service of the Department of Psychiatry of Mount Sinai Hospital.  In addition to inpatient, outpatient, and consultation-liaison experience in an academic setting, he has experience in a full range of treatment venues in small-town Ontario, including hospital, community, and prison settings.  Dr. Flak’s approach to psychotherapy is integrative and wide-reaching, drawing from psychoanalytic, cognitive-behavioural, interpersonal, and experiential schools, but grounded in a psychodynamic framework and appreciation of patient-therapist interaction.  He believes that psychotherapeutic considerations should inform all aspects of patient care across the biopsychosocial spectrum, regardless of the patient’s diagnosis.  Dr. Flak has a subspecialty interest in treating patients suffering from psychological effects of trauma, including severe posttraumatic stress disorder and the range of dissociative disorders. Dr. Flak’s methods of psychotherapy teaching include demonstration, theoretical clarification, and supervision by direct observation, videotape or audiotape review, and case discussion, as negotiated with the supervisee.