ISTDP Australia

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

ISTDP Resources

This page compiles resources that are relevant to those wishing to find out more about the technique and theory of ISTDP. It is divided into several subsections.



Research Base

There have been a wide array of studies done on the efficacy and technique of ISTDP. One of the biggest researchers are the Centre for Emotions and Health at the Dalhousie University. The link below will take you to their collection of studies.

The Centre for Emotions and Health, Dalhousie University


Publications and Books

There are several well-written books about this therapy; below are our recommendations.

Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy
by Patricia Coughlin Della Selva
ISBN: 978-1855753020

Co-Creating Change: Effective Dynamic Therapy Techniques
by Jon Frederickson
ISBN: 978-0988378841

Co-Creating Safety: Healing the Fragile Patient
by Jon Frederickson
ISBN: 978-0988378803

Healing Through Relating
by Jon Frederickson
ISBN: 978-0988378827

The Healing Power of Emotion: Affective Neuroscience, Development & Clinical Practice
by Diana Fosha, Daniel Siegel and Marion Solomon
ISBN: 978-0393705485

Lives Transformed
by Patricia Coughlin Della Selva and David Malan
ISBN: 978-1855755116

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: Learning to Listen from Multiple Perspectives
by Jon Frederickson
ISBN: 978-0876309629

Individual Psychotherapy and the Science of Psychodynamics
by David Malan
ISBN: 978-0750623872

Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy
by Habib Davanloo
ISBN: 978-0471497042

Unlocking the Unconscious
by Habib Davanloo
ISBN: 978-0471956112

The Collected Writings of Robert J. Neborsky, MD, and Josette ten Have-de Labije, PsyD.
by Robert J. Neborsky and Josette ten Have-de Labije
ISBN: 978-1-934690-26-0

Reaching through Resistance: Advanced Psychotherapy Techniques
by Allan Abbass
ISBN: 9780988378865


Below are some of the recommended websites of featured teachers and therapists, as well as professional organisations governing the use of ISTDP.

ISTDP Institute – This website features great free and paid skill-building exercises, articles, and other resources to better learn ISTDP. It is run by Jon Frederickson, MSW. He is co-chair of the ISTDP Training Program at the Washington School of Psychiatry where he has been on the faculty since 1988.  He was previously chair of the Supervision Training Program and the Advanced Psychotherapy Training Program at the Washington School of Psychiatry as well as chair of their Faculty Clinical Council.

International Experiential Dynamic Therapy Association – The IEDTA and its psychotherapist members are dedicated to the practice, research, and dissemination of Experiential Dynamic Therapies (EDTs).  EDTs are psychodynamic in orientation and emphasize the importance of healthy emotional experience in fostering deep, lasting, and rapid therapeutic change. This site contains information about EDTs and about the IEDTA for therapists and interested laypeople.

Patricia Coughlin – Patricia Coughlin (Della Selva), Ph.D., is a licensed Clinical Psychologist with over 35 years of clinical experience. She has held faculty positions at Northwestern University Medical School, Albany Medical College, and the Thomas Jefferson School of Medicine. Currently she is Clinical Faculty at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. Over the past 20 years she has written professionally, given presentations at professional conferences and conducted workshops for mental health professionals internationally. Currently, she is conducting training groups in New York, Australia, Denmark, and Poland.

ISTDP-UK – This organisation is dedicated to the promotion and development of ISTDP. The organisation provides training for mental health professionals in this method of treatment, and provides information about accredited ISTDP therapists who practice in the UK.

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