Events and Training


Introductory Workshops in ISTDP

The Introductory Workshop in ISTDP is a three day workshop for mental health professionals seeking an introduction to the theory and practise of Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP).

This workshop will provide an introduction to the theory of Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy with a specific focus on the basic skills required to begin implementing ISTDP in your therapeutic work.

In addition to didactic lectures, you will watch videotapes that illustrate the specific theory and techniques that you are learning.   You will also participate in skills building exercises.   We will cover forming a therapeutic alliance, The Triangle of Conflict and the Triangle of Person, establishing an intrapsychic conflict, diagnosing and regulating anxiety, recognising defenses, assessing strengths and capacities and facilitating the experience of emotions.

The workshop is designed for mental health practitioners who would like more understanding of the skills and techniques involved in the practise of ISTDP as a precursor to beginning a three year core training program and also for those practitioners who would like more skill in practising ISTDP but who want more exposure to the method before committing to a three year core training.

The workshop is independent of core training and attending the workshop does not imply an intention to enter a three year core training program.

Readings will be assigned on successful application to the workshop so that you will have at least a basic familiarity with the technique before attending the workshop.

There are options for ongoing training and development through individual supervision or small group supervision via Skype, at the end of this introductory workshop.

Contact Julie Cochrane on 0424220314 or

Dates and Locations

Introductory Workshop in ISTDP
3-5 November 2017

Introductory Workshop in ISTDP
29 November – 1 December 2017

Introductory Workshop in ISTDP
16-18 February 2018

Introductory Workshop in ISTDP
23-25 February 2018

Core Training in ISTDP
2018 intake to 3 year training program
3-5 March 2018

Advanced Training in ISTDP with Jon Frederickson and Julie Cochrane
16-18 May 2018

Individual and Group Supervision in ISTDP
Individual and small group Skype supervision in ISTDP is available.

If you would like to further information about any of these events or supervision groups or ISTDP therapy, please contact Julie Cochrane on mobile 0424220314 or email


“I have immensely benefited from her observations and suggestions regarding my clients. Julie has a very meticulous attention to detail about the technique of ISTDP.   She has a step by step approach to apply the theory and technique to the client’s problems. She has encouraged me to follow the moment by moment interventions and I have seen amazing results emerge from following up on her suggestions. Even though miles away in India, I have found no logistical difficulties in connecting for the supervision over Skype. I wish she continues this superb work and helps many more trainees like me.”

-    Dr Darshan Shah
Psychiatrist and ISTDP Core Training Trainee;
Ahmedabad, India.

“I highly recommend Julie Cochrane as both a psychotherapist and teacher/supervisor.   As a therapist, Julie is remarkably attuned and attentive. She helps each client find their personal growth edge with her warm, understanding presence and productive focus. As a supervisor, Julie has a gift for helping therapists identify their personal learning blocks and compassionately guiding them through to improved effectiveness. Julie is highly sensitive to differences of culture, race, gender, etc., and treats every client and trainee as a unique person.

Do yourself a favour and see Julie!”

-    Tony Rousmaniere, PsyD, Clinical Psychologist
Author of Deliberate Practice for Psychotherapists: A Guide to Improving Clinical Effectiveness.