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Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP)

ISTDP is an attachment focussed evidence based psychotherapy founded upon neuroscience and psychodynamic principles. ISTDP comprises of a set of interventions to relieve emotional distress and to promote mental wellbeing, by identifying and treating the root cause of an individual’s problems. ISTDP is a highly focused interactive psychotherapy, where the client and psychologist work collaboratively to identify, understand, and shift the automatic maladaptive subconscious patterns and defence mechanisms comprised of thoughts, emotions, sensations, and behaviours that underlie psychological disorders. This process builds an individuals capacity to tolerate and integrate previously avoided unconscious emotions. ISTDP works at a neural level, altering the implicit memory experiences which perpetuate anxiety and distress. 


Prolonged Exposure

Prolonged Exposure (PE) is a highly effective evidence based cognitive therapy, shown to be efficacious across a wide range of presentations. PE gradually helps the client approach trauma-related memories, feelings, and situations they have avoided since experiencing trauma, while also shifting the maladaptive beliefs that continue to trap them. This allows a person to process and gain control over their memories and experiences. Prolonged exposure is typically provided over a period of about three months with weekly individual sessions, resulting in eight to 15 sessions overall. 60-90 minute sessions are often needed to facilitate effective processing of traumatic experiences early in treatment.

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