NEW QUOTE?? “Mindfulness is paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally" - Jon Kabat-Zinn
What is ISTDP?
Intensive short-term dynamic psychotherapy (ISTDP) is a therapeutic approach that we use primarily at Lucid Psychotherapy and Counselling. It's proven to be very effective with treating a vast range of clinical problems, and can led to rapid change in clients due it's focused technique (link to EVIDENCE?). In this model we engage in therapy with our clients in an active collaborative relationship to help the client to overcome their problems by seeing the things that happen inside them (defences) that contribute to their current problems. By seeing how this happens in the present moment we can work together to find new, more beneficial ways of being.
ISTDP is a relational, engaged therapy where we work together to identify the ways you relate to and experience your emotions, and the ways in which feelings may be getting blocked, which can led to a range of symptoms and difficulties such as anxiety, feeling numb/flat or unexplained physical symptoms.
ISTDP was founded by Habib Davanloo who developed a simple way of understanding how clients problems arise. Essentially by being alive we experience difficulties with others and ourselves, this gives rise to feelings. Feelings are designed to help us to know what we do or don't want and to take action that helps us to achieve this so we can lead a better life. Without access to feelings, we are often lost as help us to find a direction in life (they are our compass). However, many people who come to therapy are experiencing some difficulty with accessing feelings and taking appropriate action, they instead feel anxious or use defences. These defences create the presenting issues and symptoms that lead to pain and difficulties. Through ISTDP we help people to experience their feelings