ISTDP in the UK
Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) was developed during the 1960s by Dr Habib Davanloo, a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst from Montreal, who grew frustrated with the length and relatively limited efficacy of psychoanalysis. Dr Davanloo’s empirical discoveries were based on extensive videotaping of psychotherapy sessions. Current ISTDP practice applies his clinical understanding and techniques whilst also incorporating insights from interpersonal neurobiology and affective neurosciences.
In the UK there is a tradition of short-term psychodynamic psychotherapy dating back to the brief therapy workshops at the Tavistock Clinic initiated by Michael Balint in the 1950s. Dr David Malan, the renowned psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, became part of that group and his subsequent work has done much to advance the understanding and application of short-term psychodynamic psychotherapy.
Dr Davanloo subsequently collaborated with Dr David Malan and he and his wife, 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.
Since then, 10 Core training Groups have been formed and the register of qualified ISTDP therapists in the UK is increasing year by year.
Our shadowers (Trainers in training)
ISTDP-UK shadowers (or “Trainers in Training”) are senior clinicians who have completed a 3-year core training in ISTDP and are undertaking further training to advance both their therapeutic and training skills.
Ofra (MA) is a UKCP registered Psychotherapist and ISTDP Practitioner. She is a UKCP Listed Supervisor. She has over 25 years experience working as a psychotherapist with individuals and couples. In addition to her practice, her work included: over 20 years teaching, training and group facilitating in a private Psychotherapy School in North London. She was a member of UKCP Board of Directors for 3 years and a UKCP/HIPC Chair of Assessment Board for almost 10 years. She is currently running a private practice in Central and North London.
Patsy McGill (MSc Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy) is registered and accredited by the BACP. She works both in private practice and psychological services, providing assessment and treatment to adults. She has experience as a Clinical Lead in an IAPT service, providing managerial support and clinical supervision to therapists, as well as providing short-term psychotherapy. Patsy was part of the Core 6 (2015) group and has further advanced training with ISTDP-UK.
Dr Javier Malda Castillo
Dr Javier Malda Castillo (DClinPsych) is a chartered Clinical Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. He is an accredited MBT supervisor by the Anna Freud Centre, a Group Analytic Practitioner and associate member of the Institute of Group Analysis (IGA). He is also a fully qualified psychodynamic psychotherapist by the Tavistock Clinic in London (D58 & D59 training courses).
His ISTDP journey started in Core 8 under the supervision of Dr Sharon Lewis, Dr Neborsky and Alexandra Knowles. Since 2021 he has been undertaking advanced training and supervision with Dr Josette ten Have-de Labije.
Heather is an analytical psychotherapist with long experience of training psychotherapists. She completed Core Training in ISTDP with ISTDP UK and offers ISTDP therapy in private practice online and face to face (in Cheltenham). She has a firm grounding in psychoanalytic concepts and loves the way in which ISTDP distils the essence of psychoanalysis into an accessible, briefer modality in a highly effective way.
Dr Seh Rho, Counselling Psychologist, central London
Dr Seh Rho is a Counselling Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. She has worked in the NHS for over a decade as a clinician and supervisor as well as enjoys her role as Visiting Lecturer at City University of London’s Counselling Psychology doctorate programme. She has experience working with a range of emotional and physical health difficulties from anxiety, depression to medically unexplained symptoms with a specialist interest in cross-cultural issues. She currently has availability and offers both online and face-to-face sessions; her consultation room is 5 minutes’ walking distance from Victoria station.
Dr Anthony Wharton, Clinical Psychologist, Plymouth
Dr Anthony Wharton is a Clinical Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. Dr Wharton works in a rural NHS community adult mental health team in Devon and in a systemic family therapy service, part-time. He has worked in the NHS for over 16 years and is experienced in providing psychotherapy to people who suffer from a wide range of social, emotional, physical and mental health problems that are underpinned by complex trauma. Anthony has a particular interest in working with health, depression, anxiety and emotional regulation, relational and embodied trauma, inclusive of somatic or medically unexplained physical symptoms.
Dr Wharton is currently taking on new referrals for private practice.