What is ISTDP?

Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) is a form of short-term psychotherapy developed through empirical, video-recorded research by Habib Davanloo, MD.

ISTDP’s primary goal is to help the patient overcome internal resistance to experiencing true feelings about the present and past which have been warded off because they are either too frightening or too painful. The technique is intensive in that it aims to help the patient experience these warded-off feelings to the maximum degree possible; it is short-term in that it tries to achieve this experience as quickly as possible; it is dynamic because it involves working with unconscious forces and transference feelings.


ISTDP – An Introduction by Patricia Coughlin and Jeff Katzman 2013

What is ISTDP? by Dr Rohan Naidoo

‘The Case for Specific Factors in Psychotherapy Outcome’ by Patricia Coughlin click here

An audio introduction to ISTDP by Jon Frederickson click here

ISTDP Institute – Introductory ISTDP Videos click here