Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT) Birmingham

Dynamic interpersonal therapy (DIT) was developed by Alessandra Lemma, Peter Fonagy and Mary Target in 2010.  Deriving from psychoanalytic and psychodynamic psychotherapy, it aims to treat depression and anxiety over a brief period.

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What Is Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT)?

Dynamic interpersonal therapy  is a brief time-limited form of psychodynamic psychotherapy aimed to help individuals cope with relationship problems and emotional issues, to improve depression and anxiety symptoms.  Psychoanalysis (from which DIT emerged) posits that we are emotionally disturbed by the things we suppress and repress.


These memories are buried due to their painful and threatening nature.  But in the longer term, this strategy causes mood disturbance, and creates unhelpful behaviours that keep us stuck.  Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy aims to provide a safe space to explore and unpack issues for understanding and insight, which can lead to change.


Confronting emotional issues in therapy means that it may feel worse before it feels better.  Your therapist will work with you to help manage these difficulties as well, with the aim of long term benefit.

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About Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy At Phinity Birmingham

Dynamic interpersonal therapy (DIT) starts with an initial phase, rather than assessment period.  The initial phase length varies from person to person. During this phase a standard questionnaire is used to understand your life difficulties and the impact of these on you and your relationships.


Your therapist will facilitate a safe and comfortable space to encourage openness and your ability to provide as much useful information as you are comfortable with.  When a good understanding of the issues is taken, both you and your therapist can start to plan the focus of the remaining sessions.


A DIT therapist will provide you with ‘space’, this means that they will not ask many questions.  This can take some adjusting to; however it is aimed to encourage you to speak about what is on your mind.  If you find this dynamic difficult, you can let your therapist know, and they will attempt to help you adjust.


What happens between you and your therapist during sessions is used to help you consider your problems outside therapy. This means there will be a focus on the therapeutic relationship and how you feel in sessions which can lead to insights about the wider issues.  Dynamic interpersonal therapy usually concludes in around 16 weekly sessions, which last 50 minutes each.

Benefits Of Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT)
  • Gain clarity about your past and make sense of how this is impacting your current life


  • Self-development towards a healthier behavioural pattern, so that you can be more at ease and start to enjoy your life once again


  • Develop emotional self-control and better mood regulation, which will lead to much healthier response and outcomes


  • Time limited therapy (16 sessions) so entails clear focus for therapy and goals


  • Evidence-based treatment for depression, anxiety, and relationship problems



  • Useful for insight into your difficulties, self and relationships



  • Confront challenging feelings and work through them safely for long term benefit
What Issues Can Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy Help With?

Dynamic interpersonal therapy was developed to treat emotional problems, relating to depression and anxiety, as well as relationship problems.

Does Phinity Provide DIT Therapy Near Me?

We offer dynamic interpersonal therapy (DIT) in Birmingham. Phinity Therapy also serve other cities and countries through our network of qualified therapists.  Online therapy is also available, catering for those who cannot reach our clinic or have busy schedules.


Make a commitment to taking control and living the life you want and deserve. Start by booking your Free Initial Consultation Today and speak to one of our friendly principal therapists about your concerns and desired goals.


You can alternatively fill in our contact form located on our About Us page, or give us a call.


*Due to limited time slot availability caused by high demand, we now offer only one Free Initial Consultation for prospective clients, further conversations are charged at our normal rate.

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You might have experienced events in childhood that were disturbing and deeply distressing, causing you to feel helpless and unsafe.  These events can be traumatic, impacting a person’s sense of self and their ability to experience a full range of emotions.  This trauma may remain unprocessed, impacting adult life.  But there are ways to work through childhood trauma.


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