September 2020: Mastering the ISTDP Trial Therapy

17th Halifax ISTDP Immersion

Facilitator: Prof Allan Abbass and Colleagues

3 Day Online Video-based Immersion course focused on the Intensive Short-term Dynamic Psychotherapy Trial Therapy

This 17th Halifax ISTDP Immersion will provide a detailed video – based study of a series of trial therapies from across the two spectra of patients, examining trial therapies of patients with low to high resistance, as well as patients who suffer from repression and significant fragility. The goal of this course is to assist attendees to master the understanding of, functions of and key processes involved in the trial therapy to help build momentum from the very first session of treatment.This immersion will be held online using a secure platform.

September 2020

New 1-year programme starting: Core Training in Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy

Details and registration form here: or email [email protected] for more information

October 2020

Treating Medically Unexplained Symptoms with ISTDP

Facilitator: Dr Sharon Lewis
Andrew Sims Centre, Leeds
23 October 2020

This is a half-day, online workshop.

A number of patients experience bodily symptoms for which no clear physical cause can be identified. These difficulties may be referred to as medically unexplained symptoms (MUS), psychosomatic or functional neurological disorders. Symptoms of MUS range from chronic pain to pseudo-seizures as well as various neurological symptoms such as dizziness or weakness.

For some patients these symptoms are caused by emotional dysregulation and traumatic experiences, but without effective strategies to diagnose and treat these emotional factors, these patients at risk of incurring unnecessary invasive procedures and medications.

ISTDP is an emotion-focused, accelerated form of dynamic psychotherapy which provides an effective framework for diagnosing and treating patients presenting with MUS. ISTDP focuses on the unconscious emotional processes that may underlie physical and somatic difficulties such as chronic pain, fibromyalgia, gastrointestinal issues, headache, muscle weakness and other mind body problems.

The workshop will outline techniques to assess emotional factors impacting on physical symptoms and treatment techniques. Vignettes of clinical sessions will illustrate key ISTDP treatment principles.

Booking and info here:

January 2021

Treating Anxiety with ISTDP

Facilitator: Dr Sharon Lewis
Andrew Sims Centre, Leeds
11 January 2021

Booking and info here:


June 2020

Integrating Neuro-biology, Attachment Theory and Psychoanalysis

This online seminar is presented by Dr Graham Music, with discussant Dr Sharon Lewis. The talk will highlight how early experiences affect emotional expectations and psychological patterns. We will see how what starts as appropriate, sometimes life-saving adaptations, can become maladaptive defensive strategies, and how relational, attachment and body based nervous system templates become deeply ingrained, profoundly affecting life-trajectories.

The idea of ‘bringing the body back into psychotherapy’ will be explored and the interface between traditional psychotherapy and ISTDP techniques will be discussed.

The seminar will be of interest to psychotherapists, counsellors, analysts and all those working in related fields.

Dr Graham Music is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist and Adult Psychotherapist . Formerly Associate Clinical Director of the Tavistock Clinic’s Child and Family Department, he now works at the Portman as a Consultant forensic psychotherapist as well as in private practice. Graham has published widely in academic journals and the media. He is the author of several books, including: Nurturing Children: From Trauma to Hope using neurobiology, psychoanalysis and attachment (2019)

May 2020: Anxiety as a Gateway to the Unconscious Mind

Online seminar with Dr Sharon Lewis

16 May 2020, 10am – 12pm
The talk focuses on the concept of unconscious anxiety and the way in which anxiety symptoms are a gateway to accessing unconscious emotion.The seminar will start from first principles and is suitable for clinicians new to ISTDP or in early phases of learning. More experienced clinicians wanting a refresher are also welcome!

The following topics will be covered:

– The links between attachment trauma and development of anxiety symptoms

– the physiology of unconscious anxiety

– assessment of severity of anxiety pathways

– Specific regulatory techniques used in AB-ISTDP to treat anxiety symptoms

– Working effectively with anxiety to deepen emotional processing in session

There will be opportunity for questions and discussion. I will also be available for 30 minutes after the seminar if participants have questions about training further with ISTDP London.
This workshop is now fully booked

April 2020: Dealing with High Anxiety: The Attachment-Based-ISTDP way

3-hour online seminar with Dr Robert Neborsky & Dr Sharon Lewis, ISTDP London

The talk will focus on the concept of unconscious anxiety and the way in which is viewed as a gateway to the unconscious. Dr Neborsky will discuss the links between attachment and anxiety symptoms, and explain how anxiety is conceptualized in the meta-psychology of ISTDP. Specific techniques used in AB-ISTDP to treat anxiety disorders will be discussed. Dr Neborsky will demonstrate how this understanding translates into effective intervention through a case presentation.

Robert J. Neborsky, M.D., is a psychiatrist in private practice in Del Mar, California, and a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCSD School of Medicine as well as UCLA School of Medicine (Hon). He was a founding member on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy and has recently co-authored a textbook book on Attachment Based-ISTDP with Josette ten Have de Labije. He teaches Attachment Based ISTDP internationally.

Fully booked

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