Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP)

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Scientific Rating:
2
Supported by Research Evidence
See scale of 1-5
Child Welfare System Relevance Level:
Medium
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About This Program

The information in this program outline is provided by the program representative and edited by the CEBC staff. Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) has been rated by the CEBC in the area of: Depression Treatment (Adult).

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

Name: Danielle Haber, MD
Agency/Affiliation: University of California - San Diego
Website: www.istdp.com
Email:
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