Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy

Evidence based • Active approach • Techniques to accelerate positive change


Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) is a brief-term, emotion focused therapy which aims to get to the root of emotional difficulties in as short a time-frame as possible to enable clients to overcome symptoms and reach their full potential.

ISTDP is an accelerated form of dynamic psychotherapy. It is an active approach which focuses on processing emotional blockages responsible for symptoms such as anxiety, depression and relationship difficulties.

This method of psychotherapy is practiced internationally and has an impressive evidence base. More than forty published research studies show this approach to be highly effective for a broad spectrum of patients, with benefits that continue and increase in long-term follow-up.

About Dr Sharon Lewis

Dr Lewis has a doctorate in clinical psychology and is a chartered clinical psychologist registered with the British Psychological Society and the Health and Care Professions Council. She has trained extensively with senior clinicians in ISTDP, including Dr Robert J. Neborsky, MD, and Professor Allan Abbass. Her approach is focused on the attachment-based model of ISTDP.

Dr Lewis has experience both in private practice and in the NHS and has a particular interest in working with clients with anxiety difficulties and treatment-resistant depression, as well as those diagnosed with physical health conditions such as auto-immune disorders, fibromyalgia and chronic pain.

She is an ISTDP-UK and IEDTA accredited supervisor and trainer and provides individual supervision in ISTDP as well as running introductory courses and core training groups. She has published books and articles in the areas of trauma and ISTDP.


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