Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy

Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT) was developed by Alessandra Lemma, Peter Fonagy and Mary Target in 2010. It is a form of psychoanalytic and psychodynamic psychotherapy to treat depression and anxiety over a brief period.


DIT was rolled out by the NHS under the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme to treat depression.

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DIT therapy is a brief time-limited form of psychodynamic psychotherapy aimed at helping individuals cope with relationship problems and emotional issues, to improve depression and anxiety symptoms.


Psychoanalysis (from which DIT derives) posits that the things that emotionally disturb us are due to suppressed and repressed memories, which are buried due to their painful and threatening nature. This however can cause mood disturbance, and unhelpful behaviours that keep us stuck. DIT 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 can sometimes feel worse before it feels better. Your therapist will work with you to help manage these difficulties as well, and so the work can lead to long term benefit.

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