“A preliminary evaluation of intensive short-term dynamic psychotherapy within a functional neurological symptoms service”.

Leo A. Russell, Ann C. Turner & Philip J. Yates.


This outcome study evaluated quality of life and emotional wellbeing of patients referred with functional neurological symptoms (FNS).  These conditions include symptoms such as: psychogenic non-epileptic seizures, functional weakness, fatigue and medically unexplained pain. In the study, participants were referred to an NHS Community Neuropsychology Service and treated with a course of Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP). Measures of quality of life and emotional wellbeing demonstrated significant improvement amongst the patients treated. These outcomes support the view that ISTDP may be a helpful psychological treatment option for patients with FNS.  The full article can be found in The Neuropsychologist (4)  – October 2017.