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