Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy - What is the Evidence?
Psychoanalytic psychotherapy has a strong and expanding evidence base. There now exists a large number of outcome studies which have alternately examined the efficacy of short-term and longterm psychoanalytic psychotherapy and the efficacy of psychoanalytic psychotherapy for specific conditions. This is a document prepared by the British Council for Psychotherapy presenting this evidence.
Psychoanalytical psychotherapy aims to help people understand themselves and their difficulties at a deeper level by thinking about the connections between their present and past experiences. Presenting difficulties might include; relationship problems at home or work, underlying feelings of depression, anxiety, losses that are hard to overcome or traumatic life events. Occasionally, the therapy might be of short duration but this therapy is best considered as a treatment involving thoughtful commitment.
Short-term therapy – Brief Dynamic Interpersonal Psychotherapy
I offer a 16 week programme for people struggling with depression. Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT) is a new therapy and is one of the five therapies recommended for the treatment of depression in the Department of Health’s guide Which talking therapies for depression? DIT aims to help people have a better understanding of the links between their anxiety and depression and what is happening in their relationships. The intended outcomes of this therapy are symptom relief, an increased capacity to cope with personal relationships and a greater understanding of yourself and others.
How will you know what therapy is right for you?
Deciding the best therapy for you will require some thought and the initial session will help us with that.
The brief therapy (DIT) is designed specifically with depression and anxiety in mind. If these symptoms are what brings you to the initial meeting then we can talk about it in more detail. You will be asked to fill in a questionnaire so we gauge the severity of your symptoms. DIT works best with the mild to moderate range of severity.
If a problem is deep seated and has been in a place for a long time then a longer therapy might be appropriate for you. We use the consultation to help you reach a decision.