ISTDP in the UK
ISTDP was initially developed by Dr Habib Davanloo in Montreal in the 1960’s and his empirical discoveries were based on extensive videotaping of psychotherapy sessions. Dr Davanloo subsequently collaborated with Dr David Malan, the renowned psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, at the Tavistock Clinic in London.
Dr David Malan and his wife Jennie, an educational psychologist, were instrumental in introducing ISTDP to the UK. In 2006, the Malans convened the first ISTDP conference in Oxford where leading clinicians presented video recordings of their work. At this conference, a great deal of interest in ISTDP was generated and a Core Training in ISTDP began in London later that year. Teaching was subsequently provided by international ISTDP trainers including Allan Abbass, Patricia Coughlin, Josette ten Have-de Labije, Rob Neborsky and Jon Frederickson. The members of this first Core Training group founded ISTDP-UK in 2008.