Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP)

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About This Program

Target Population: Adults with a broad range of disorders including personality disorders

Brief Description

The basic ISTDP understanding of many psychological disorders is based on attachment and the emotional effects of broken attachments. Interruptions and trauma to human attachments may cause a cascade of complex emotions which may become blocked and avoided. When later life events stir up these feelings, anxiety and emotional defenses may be activated. These reactions may be totally unconscious to the person having them, and the result is ruined relationships, physical symptoms, and a range of psychiatric symptoms. A proportion of all patients with anxiety, depression, substance use, and interpersonal problems have this emotional blockage problem. ISTDP focuses on emotional awareness and the ability to feel these emotions in order to heal.

Program Goals:

The overall goal of Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) is:

  • Resolution of attachment trauma-related symptoms that manifest as anxiety, depression, conduct problemss, and somatic symptoms

Contact Information

Danielle Haber, MD
Agency/Affiliation: University of California - San Diego
Phone: (858) 401-9922
Fax: (858) 792-8333

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: June 2016

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: March 2016

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: March 2010