DYNAMIC PSYCHOTHERAPY (IS-TDP)
INTENSIVE SHORT-TERM DYNAMIC PSYCHOTHERAPY (IS-TDP) IS NOT JUST A TECHNIQUE, BUT A WAY OF UNDERSTANDING HUMAN NATURE. It belongs to a class of experiential therapies that are emotion focused.
PSYCHOLOGICAL PROBLEMS CAN STEM FROM EMOTIONS THAT HAVE BEEN AVOIDED. This avoidance is an automatic response, often taking place without your full awareness. Until a precise connection to these unconscious feelings and thoughts is made, alleviating persistent symptoms will be an ongoing struggle. With IS-TDP, helping you to bring these dynamics into your awareness is the first order of business.
IS-TDP ASSERTS THAT YOU ARE A PRODUCT OF WHAT YOU’VE EXPERIENCED. The way you have perceived, interpreted and responded to these experiences has shaped who you are - your operating system, which now influences how you relate to the world and to yourself.
PROBLEMS ARISE AS A RESULT OF THE UNEASE THAT IS EXPERIENCED WHEN YOU HAVE DEEMED SOME OF YOUR THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS AS “OFF LIMITS”. This is not a passive endeavor. It requires you to erect and maintain a facade, constructed to hide your true self, rendering you cut-off from authentic connections.
WITHOUT AN ACCURATE AND SECURE INTERNAL EMOTIONAL CONNECTION, YOU OPERATE FROM A PLACE OF SELF-DOUBT AND WORRY. From there, all types of self-defeating behaviors and symptoms can develop: difficulty making decisions, feelings of shame, sadness, self-criticism, insecurity, difficulties in relationships, helplessness, perfectionism, self destructiveness, ruminating about the past and obsessing about the future. In short: depression and anxiety. None of this is a problem of intellect or thought process. It is the result of emotional disconnect.
IS-TDP THEN, FOCUSES ON THESE UNDERLYING, LIKELY DIFFICULT, FEELINGS THAT HAVE BEEN CUT OFF. Together, we can bring them safely into consciousness, where they can be experienced and handled directly.
Instead of remaining stuck with the cards you’ve been dealt, this approach offers an effective way of acquiring an honest view of yourself and a means to develop new ways of engaging with yourself and others. You can expect me to be highly engaged in this process and remain so until your goals are achieved.
RESEARCH ON IS-TDP
Recent studies suggest that this strategic short-term method can offer effective long-term improvement. Informed by current understandings in neuroscience, Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (IS-TDP) integrates traditional psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral (CBT) and experiential therapies.
Learn more about this evidence-based method by starting with WIKIPEDIA/ISTDP
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David presents a solid case for the importance of connecting to our emotions to inform and direct us through life. -J.F.
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Honest and clear conceptualization of the dynamics of addiction. -J.F.
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