Brief Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy

What is Brief Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy?

Brief Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT) is specifically designed to address presenting symptoms of depression and can help people with emotional and relationship problems. It is a psychodynamic technique that draws on expressive, supportive and mentalising techniques. This form of therapy focuses on internal and external influences within our lives that manipulate our thoughts and feelings; therefore, informing how we perceive ourselves within relationships.

This form of therapy is sometimes offered to patients if they are not responding to cognitive behavioural therapy; or if the patient specifically asks for a psychodynamic therapy.

How does it work?

DIT will explore difficult events in your past that continue to affect the way you feel and behave in the present. It will require you to discuss your emotions and behaviours in a particular situation you have faced in the past, and then relate this to your present relationships and how you interpersonally interact. This can often involve discussions of your relationship with your therapist and how you view them.

Is it effective?

DIT is a relatively new form of therapy and there are few studies exploring its effectiveness. However, some recent research has found that DIT can significantly reduce the symptoms of depression and that these symptoms decline fastest in the first 2-3 sessions of therapy.