Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy

Evidence based • Active approach • Techniques to accelerate positive change

Introduction to ISTDP
Treating Medically Unexplained Symptoms
Foundation Skills in Attachment-Based ISTDP
Core Training in ISTDP
Advanced Training in AB-ISTDP

Foundation Skills in ISTDP

1-Year Programme

This course is designed for practitioners wanting to integrate highly effective ISTDP techniques into their existing therapy practice. It is suitable for those new to ISTDP, as well as for those who have already completed a core training but wish to develop further skills in the Attachment-Based ISTDP approach.

The syllabus will cover:

  • Metapsychology of ISTDP
  • Key therapeutic interventions
  • The diagnostic spectrum and assessment process
  • Working effectively with unconscious anxiety & maladaptive defence processes
  • The punitive superego
  • The Central Dynamic Sequence

Lectures and clinical video presentations are used to teach key concepts and techniques. Supervision of participants’ own clinical work is a key element of the programme and trainees are required to present video tapes of their work in progress.

This programme is suitable for clinicians working in NHS as well as private settings. To be eligible for the foundation skills programme, participants must be qualified mental health professionals registered with a professional body (eg: psychotherapists, psychologists, psychiatrists or counsellors)

After completion of this foundation course, participants have the option to enrol in a further two years training to be eligible for the IEDTA accredited core training certificate.

Course dates 2019-2020

One space remaining 

Fri 22 and Sat 23 November 2019

Fri 24 and Sat 25 January 2020

Fri 20 and Sat 21 March 2020

Fri 22 and Sat 23 May 2020

Fri 3 and Sat 4 July 2020

Course Dates 2020

12 & 13 March 2020

14 & 15 May 2020

9 & 10 July 2020

17 & 18 September

12 & 13 November

Cost: £2000 (£400 per block)

Fees include individual supervision sessions  between training blocks.

Venue: London, NW3

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Introduction to ISTDP
Treating Medically Unexplained Symptoms
Foundation Skills in Attachment-Based ISTDP
Core Training in ISTDP
Advanced Training in AB-ISTDP

Lead Trainer

Dr Lewis has extensive experience in training clinicians in advanced psychotherapy skills, in particular attachment-based ISTDP. She is an accredited trainer and supervisor with the International Experiential Dynamic Association (IEDTA). She is currently a visiting lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire, teaching ISTDP to doctoral students. She was one of the original founders ISTDP-UK and later co-director, before founding ISTDP London in 2019.

ISTDP London training programmes have been designed in consultation with Dr Robert Neborsky, MD, who has developed the attachment-based ISTDP model.

Training programmes can also be delivered in-house and tailored accordingly. Dr Lewis has trained for and consulted to organisations including the Centre for Continuing Education, University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, British Psychological Society, University of Hertfordshire, Dr Now, Beaconsfield, several NHS trusts and Arsenal Football Club.

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