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.
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