Origins of ISTDP Australia

Julie Cochrane is a clinical psychologist who co-founded ISTDP AUSTRALIA with psychologist Peter Watt, in 2010. She has been practising short-term dynamic psychotherapy for 23 years and introduced ISTDP to Australia in 1999 with Australia’s first training in ISTDP with Dr Patricia Coughlin.

Julie Cochrane first discovered and began training in David Malan’s short-term dynamic psychotherapy before discovering ISTDP through Habib Davanloo’s Unlocking the Unconscious, marking a significant change in the style and efficacy of her therapeutic work. In 1998, Julie began supervision with Dr Patricia Coughlin, the U.S.-based author of Intensive Short-term Dynamic Psychotherapy, Lives Transformed and Maximising Effectiveness in Dynamic Psychotherapy. Julie has since undertaken extensive further training in ISTDP, including further training with Dr Coughlin (including a three year core training in Stockholm, Sweden), and with Dr Habib Davanloo, Jon Frederickson, Josette ten Have-de Labije, Allan Abbass, Kees Cornelissen and John Rathauser.

Currently, Julie continues to travel to Europe twice a year for advanced trainings with Jon Frederickson. She is certified to teach and supervise in ISTDP by the ISTDP Institute, the IEDTA, and ISTDP International. She runs short courses, core trainings, and advanced training in ISTDP, offers individual and group supervision, and has private practices in Melbourne and Colac. She also teaches and supervises mental health professionals in ISTDP locally and internationally, including Lebanon and India.


“Julie Cochrane is that rare therapist who combines presence, empathic attunement and active engagement with highly refined skills designed to assess and treat a wide variety of patients effectively and efficiently.   In addition to her superb clinical skills, she is a talented teacher and supervisor.   With her extensive training in Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy, an empirically validated treatment for a wide variety of emotional and psychological disorders, she is at the forefront of the field. Whether you are a patient seeking treatment or a therapist searching for top notch training, you will be well served to contact Julie Cochrane.”

Patricia Coughlin PhD, Clinical Psychologist
Author of “Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy”, “Maximising Effectiveness in Dynamic Psychotherapy”, and (co-authored with David Malan) “Lives Transformed”.