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Intensive short-term dynamic psychotherapy

Gilles Fleury, Benjamin Fortin-Langelier, Imen Ben-Cheikh
The field of psychodynamic psychotherapy would benefit from a comprehensive model that integrates its constructs with neurobiology. Research on the autonomic nervous system activity during the psychotherapeutic process is necessary because it is key in affective experiences and defensive behavior. The current case study reports physiological findings on heart rate dynamics in a patient suffering from panic disorder during two therapeutic sessions in which we used Davanloo's Intensive Short-term Dynamic Psychotherapy...
2016: American Journal of Psychotherapy
Dianna T Kenny, Stephen Arthey, Allan Abbass
INTRODUCTION: Kenny has proposed that severe music performance anxiety that is unresponsive to usual treatments such as cognitive-behaviour therapy may be one manifestation of unresolved attachment ruptures in early life. Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy specifically targets early relationship trauma. Accordingly, a trial of Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy with severely anxious musicians was implemented to assess whether resolution of attachment ruptures resulted in clinically significant relief from music performance anxiety...
2016: SpringerPlus
Leo A Russell, Allan A Abbass, Steven J Allder, Steve Kisely, Bernd Pohlmann-Eden, Joel M Town
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to examine preliminary evidence of intensive short-term dynamic psychotherapy (ISTDP) as a treatment option for psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES) in terms of impact on healthcare costs, emotional wellbeing, and somatic symptoms. METHOD: Drawn from a sample of patients treated in a tertiary psychiatric service over a nine-year period, this naturalistic pilot study compared within-group changes from pretreatment with each year up to three years posttreatment, in physician visits, physician costs, hospital admissions, and overall hospital costs...
October 2016: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
Allan Abbass
Intensive short-term dynamic psychotherapy (ISTDP) was developed out of the need for relatively short psychodynamic psychotherapeutic treatment approaches to complex and resistant patient populations so common in public health systems. Based on extensive study of video recordings, Habib Davanloo discovered, and other researchers have validated, some important clinical ingredients that align the therapist with healthy aspects of the patient striving for resolution of chronic neurotic disorders and fragile character structure...
2016: Psychodynamic Psychiatry
Bita Ajilchi, Vahid Nejati, Joel M Town, Ryan Wilson, Allan Abbass
This study examined the efficacy of intensive short-term dynamic psychotherapy (ISTDP) on depressive symptoms and executive functioning in patients with major depression. We examined pretest, posttest, and follow-up depression scores as well as pretest-posttest executive functioning scores between 16 participants receiving ISTDP and 16 allocated to wait-list control. Participants in each group were matched according to age, sex, and educational level. Mixed-models analyses demonstrated significant interaction effects of group and time on depression scores when the group ISTDP was compared with the wait-list control group; participants receiving ISTDP had significantly reduced depression severity both after treatment and at follow-up...
July 2016: Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease
Behzad Chavooshi, Parvaneh Mohammadkhani, Behrouz Dolatshahee
INTRODUCTION: This study examined the effectiveness of telemedicine in providing psychotherapy to patients with medically unexplained pain (MUP) who may not have access to in-person treatment. The impact of Internet-delivered intensive short-term dynamic psychotherapy (ID-ISTDP) was investigated for MUP via video teleconferencing (Skype™). METHODS: A randomized, controlled trial of ISTDP, an evidence-based intervention for MUP, was conducted to compare delivery modalities on variations in MUP symptoms...
March 31, 2016: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
Behzad Chavooshi, Parvaneh Mohammadkhani, Behrouz Dolatshahi
BACKGROUND: Research has shown that Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) can effectively decrease pain intensity and improve quality of life in patients with medically unexplained pain. OBJECTIVE: Understanding that not all patients with medically unexplained pain have access to in-person ISTDP, this study aims to investigate the efficacy of an Internet-delivered ISTDP for individuals with medically unexplained pain using Skype in comparison with treatment as usual...
May 2016: Psychosomatics
Ole André Solbakken, Allan Abbass
OBJECTIVE: The study investigated the effectiveness of an 8-week intensive residential treatment programme based on principles from intensive short-term dynamic psychotherapy for patients with known treatment-resistant anxiety- and/or depressive disorders (mainly with comorbid personality disorders). METHODS: Patients (N=95) with prior repeated treatment failure were included. Changes in self-reported target complaints, symptom severity, and overall interpersonal problems have been presented for these patients in two previous articles...
October 2016: Acta Neuropsychiatrica
Behzad Chavooshi, Parvaneh Mohammadkhani, Behrouz Dolatshahee
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2016: Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics
Catherine Hickey
Davanloo's Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (IS-TDP) is a unique brief dynamic psychotherapy characterized by relentless therapist intervention. While Davanloo has published extensively on his findings, there has been a paucity of publications on his most recent work involving the Montreal Closed Circuit Training Program. The purpose of this article is to highlight Davanloo's current understanding of his technique as well as his newest research findings. This will be done contextually, by highlighting case vignettes from the Montreal Closed Circuit Training Program...
December 2015: Psychodynamic Psychiatry
Allan Abbass, Denise Bernier, Steve Kisely, Joel Town, Robert Johansson
The aim of this pilot study was to evaluate the changes in symptom severity and long-term health care cost after intensive short-term dynamic psychotherapy (ISTDP) individually tailored and administered to patients with psychotic disorders undergoing standard psychiatric care. Eleven therapists with different levels of expertise delivered an average of 13 one-hour sessions of graded ISTDP to 38 patients with psychotic disorders. Costs for health care services were compiled for a one-year period prior to the start of ISTDP (baseline) along with four one-year periods after termination...
August 30, 2015: Psychiatry Research
Allan Abbass, Steve Kisely, Daniel Rasic, Joel M Town, Robert Johansson
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate whether a mixed population of patients treated with Intensive Short-term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) would exhibit reduced healthcare costs in long-term follow-up. METHODS: A quasi-experimental design was employed in which data on pre- and post-treatment healthcare cost were compared for all ISTDP cases treated in a tertiary care service over a nine year period. Observed cost changes were compared with those of a control group of patients referred but never treated...
May 2015: Journal of Psychiatric Research
Robert Johansson, Joel M Town, Allan Abbass
Background. Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP), as developed by Habib Davanloo, is an intensive emotion-focused psychodynamic therapy with an explicit focus on handling resistance in treatment. A core assumption in ISTDP is that psychotherapeutic effects are dependent on in-session emotional processing in the form of rise in complex transference feelings that occurs when treatment resistance is challenged. Recent research indicates that an unlocking of the unconscious, a powerful emotional breakthrough achieved at a high rise in complex transference feelings, can potentially enhance ISTDP's effectiveness...
2014: PeerJ
Joan Haliburn, Ashley Baker
OBJECTIVE: Short term psychodynamic psychotherapies have been markedly phased out of Australia's mental health services. This paper aims to describe the successful introduction of a Conversational Model of Short Term Intensive Psychodynamic Psychotherapy into a public health service in an attempt to revive its practice. METHOD: A brief review of relevant papers in the Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists journals since 1980 gives a background to the decline of dynamic psychotherapy in Australia...
October 2014: Australasian Psychiatry: Bulletin of Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
Dianna T Kenny, Stephen Arthey, Allan Abbass
This paper reports on the process and outcome of therapy using intensive short-term dynamic psychotherapy (ISTDP) with a professional musician who had suffered severe music performance anxiety over the course of his entire 30-year career. In this paper, we describe the nature of the therapy, the case history of the musician, the first assessment and trial therapy session, and the course and successful outcome of therapy. The patient underwent 10 sessions of ISTDP over a period of 4 months. This paper reports on the first 6 sessions, which were most relevant to the understanding and treatment of the patient's severe music performance anxiety...
March 2014: Medical Problems of Performing Artists
Mahmood Dehghani, Mohammad-Kazem Atef-Vahid, Banafsheh Gharaee
OBJECTIVE: This study has been conducted to investigate the efficacy of short-term dynamic psychotherapy on Love Trauma Syndrome (LTS) in female students. LTS includes a constellation of intensive signs and symptoms which appear following the breakdown of a romantic relationship after a long time. It interrupts person's function in many areas (academic, social or professional) and leads to maladaptive reactions. METHODS: This study was a multiple baseline single-case experimental study...
2011: Iranian Journal of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Ole André Solbakken, Allan Abbass
BACKGROUND: This protocol presents a systematic residential treatment- and research program aimed at patients who have not responded adequately to previous treatment attempts. Patients included in the program primarily suffer from anxiety and/or depressive disorders and usually from one or more comorbid personality disorders. The treatment program is time-limited (eight weeks) and has its basis in treatment principles specified in intensive short-term dynamic psychotherapy (ISTDP). This treatment modality is theoretically well-suited for the handling of various forms of treatment resistance presumably central to these patients' previous non-response to psychological and psychiatric interventions...
2014: BMC Psychiatry
Allan A Abbass, Joel M Town
Davanloo's Intensive Short-term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP), while derived from traditional psychoanalytic theory, is a modified brief treatment with growing empirical support for its effectiveness with clients with psychoneurotic disorders and character pathology. This model describes key empirically derived processes that can bring ready access to unprocessed unconscious emotions that otherwise perpetuate widespread symptom and behavioral disorders. Herein we describe the metapsychological underpinnings, clinical application, and evidence for central interventions used in ISTDP through the use of a case example...
September 2013: Psychotherapy
Joel M Town, Allan Abbass, Denise Bernier
More than 20 years ago Habib Davanloo coined the term unlocking of the unconscious to describe how the psychodynamic concept of the human unconscious can become accessible using the technique of Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP). According to Davanloo, the possibility that unconscious material will be revealed is greatly increased when therapeutic efforts promote dominance of the unconscious therapeutic alliance over unconscious resistance. When these ingredients are present there is a psychic shift that allows unacceptable painful feelings to come to the surface...
2013: American Journal of Psychotherapy
Robert J Neborsky, Christian Bundy
OBJECTIVE: The present study addresses whether it is possible to accurately determine a subject's Adult Attachment Interview (AAI) classification by observing a video-recorded clinical psychotherapy discussion that uses the principles of Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP). METHOD: A random sample of eight of the author's (Robert J. Nebrosky) private practice patients participated in an AAI administered by an experienced interviewer. The authors were blind to the results of the AAI, which were scored and classified by Erik Hesse, PHD (consultant and expert in AAI coding and classification)...
2013: American Journal of Psychotherapy
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