ISTDP Australia

"Freud discovered the unconscious Davanloo has discovered how to use it therapeutically”. David Malan, 1980

ISTDP Australia

ISTDP Training across Australia and the world.

“Freud discovered the unconscious; Davanloo has discovered how to use it therapeutically”. – David Malan, 1980

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Welcome to ISTDP Australia

The aim of ISTDP Australia is to promote training in, and the practise of, Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) in Australia.

Why Choose To Train With ISTDP Australia

Our mission is to train therapists to develop a deep understanding of why people suffer psychologically, from the perspective of Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP).

We do this by helping mental health professionals develop a strong and collaborative therapeutic relationship, learning specific skills and techniques to bring about not only symptom relief but also transformational change in the individual seeking help. Our goal is for this positive change to be ongoing. Furthermore, we expect to see positive change, via the ripple effect, in those who are in relationship to individuals helped by ISTDP.

We seek to help therapists, in Australia and internationally, to develop significantly greater effectiveness at helping people who are suffering emotionally.

Psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, psychotherapists, counsellors, and other mental health professionals from across Australia and many other countries including New Zealand, China, India, Iran, Israel, Lebanon, Malaysia, Portugal, Turkey, and the USA have trained with, or are training with, ISTDP Australia.

We want therapists to have hope that their patients can experience deep, lasting, and transformative change.

Our Values

Our aims and how we go about achieving them are guided by:

  • Personal Integrity
  • Respect
  • Collaboration
  • Compassion
  • Commitment to Excellence
  • Relief of Human Suffering

We further hope that a ripple effect will be created among therapists. As more therapists’ train in ISTDP, more will be exposed to this innovative psychotherapeutic way of working, raising expectations of what can be achieved through therapy. ISTDP Australia aims to help therapists to do more than meet minimum standards of regulating bodies for professional development. It aims for therapists to become lifelong learners who highly value their ongoing capacity to bring about relief from suffering.

ISTDP Australia seeks to evaluate the effectiveness of the therapeutic technique and interventions that are taught; to teach evidence-based interventions, and to continue to develop and refine techniques for maximum effectiveness in therapy.


I had the privilege of undertaking Core Training with Julie Cochrane at ISTDP Australia, and it has been a transformative experience that has been instrumental to my growth both professionally and personally. Julie is an exceptional trainer, demonstrating a remarkable blend of expertise and compassion. Her dedication to the success of each member in our group was shown in her unwavering support to help us all reach our full potential. The training blocks and group supervisions foster a rich learning environment for both skill development and deep reflective practice (including requirement to video record therapy sessions for presentation at supervision). I wholeheartedly recommend training with Julie Cochrane at ISTDP Australia to anyone seeking a profound and effective learning experience in Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy.

Belinda Pacella, Clinical Psychologist
2021 Core Training in ISTDP Graduate

“Cooperation with ISTDP Australia and the opportunity to learn from the great Jon has always been an inspiration for us at Vofour and a source of excellence and progress for the Iranian psychotherapy community. We had almost 50 participants and everyone was grateful for the quality and regularity of the meeting and John’s unique precision and insight in teaching. And without the help of Julie Cochrane, this collaboration would not have started. “

Vofour, Iran

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