Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) is an innovative and relatively young approach to psychotherapy, however as the name suggests, it’s not a long-term approach as traditional psychotherapy is. It aims to offer relief from mental ill-health symptoms and suffering, as well as providing a self-understanding.
Clients who have used this approach will often report a deeper sense of freedom, meaning, and purpose and reduction of psychological suffering. Due to its time-limitedness, ISTDP might only take a few months, showing fast results!
ISTDP recognises the resistance to change that is present in many, even clients who wish to improve, but just cannot allow themselves to be vulnerable due to protective structures. ISTDP however, also highlights that we all have the need to heal and so it seeks to draw this out over the course of treatment.
At Phinity all of our ISTDP therapists are accredited and highly trained and experienced. They will work with you in an interactive way, such that both you and your therapist are working collaboratively to identify and understand troubling thoughts or feelings, how you experience anxiety, and your defence mechanisms, because the latter exist to prevent you from experiencing painful feelings. By feeling these difficult emotions in a safe space, with your therapist, your anxiety around them, and therefore, defences will both decrease.
This will allow you to work with and through them, such that you are able to improve areas of your life, like relationships, communication, and functioning at work or school. ISTDP aims to help reveal the source of difficult thoughts and feelings, which are currently hidden in the unconscious, and help you resolve them for more optimal life quality. Depending on the complexity of issues, ISTDP can last between 10 and 30 sessions. We recommend weekly sessions, which last 50 minutes.
Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) has shown efficacy with several issues, such as anxiety and panic, depression, including treatment-resistant depression, personality disorders, medically inexplicable symptoms, chronic pain and headaches, addictions, self-defeating behaviours, and emotional blocks. In addition, due to its brevity, ISTDP saves time and money whilst also offering the benefit of a thorough and effective treatment.
We offer ISTDP therapy 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.
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