Project Description

2 Day Introduction to ISTDP, January 2020

22nd and 23rd of January 2020

10am to 4.30pm

Holiday Inn Express, Swiss Cottage, London

Alexandra Knowles BSc (Hons), Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist

Dr James Louis, Consultant Psychiatrist

£400 early bird fee (Until 1st December 2019)
£420 full fee
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In this two-day course, participants are given an overview of the theory and metapsychology of ISTDP and learn the core principles of this approach within a small group setting. Lectures, role-playand videotaped ISTDP therapy sessions are used to demonstrate effective interventions to:

Develop an effective focus for change
Assess and regulate unconscious anxiety
Identify maladaptive defence patterns

Trainers

Alexandra Knowles

Alexandra Knowles BSc (Hons) (2006 core group) is a UKCP registered Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist through the Universities Psychotherapy & Counselling Association (UPCA) and an Honorary Member of FiP which she founded. She has been involved in the training & supervision of therapists and currently devotes her time to her ISTDP practice working with individuals & couples.

Dr James Louis

Dr James Louis is a Consultant Psychiatrist who has worked in the NHS for more than 15 years. He completed his core training in ISTDP with Josette ten Have-de Labije and Dr Robert Neborsky. He is also a qualified practitioner of Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy.

He specialises in working with adults with a range of complex difficulties and is also endorsed by the General Medical Council in the treatment and management of mental health problems associated with physical health issues. He provides training, consultation, and supervision to mental health professionals including trainee psychiatrists based both within and outside of the UK.

Dr Louis is a Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and of the British Society of Clinical Hypnosis. He is an Associate Trainer with ISTDP-UK and an Advanced Member the International Experiential Dynamic Therapy Association.

Participant Feedback

This has been one of the finest learning experiences I’ve had over the past years. It was organized, rational and delivered in a most competent and respectful way – tutors were obviously extremely skilled and committed to the work.
(Psychologist, 20+ years in practice)

Highly stimulating and challenging. Thank you both for expert facilitation.
(Psychotherapist, 11-20 years in practice)

… more than met my expectations. I found that it made the reading material and my previous exposure to this approach much more real and understandable. The role plays really enhance learning…
(Psychologist, 20+ years in practice)

…highly informative and engaging – role plays were excellent learning tool. Really inspiring, personally and professionally.
(Counsellor, 1-5 years in practice)

Excellent content, delivery and location.
(Psychotherapist, 11-20 years in practice)

Really inspiring, personally and professionally.
(Counsellor, 1-5 years in practice)

Very gentle, accessible and clear introduction to the model whilst conveying its fundamental principles.
(Psychologist, 1-5 years in practice)

Excellent course. Gave me a good flavour of ISTDP and I will definitely pursue with further training at some point.
(Psychiatrist, 11+ years in practice)

Very stimulating and informative. Groundbreaking techniques to help deal with defences and break through to unconscious affect & will definitely be putting it into practise.
(Counselling Psychologist, 1-5 years in practice)

Very helpful and professionally run course. Thank you very much for sharing your knowledge and experience in the clinical work.
(Psychotherapist, 20+ years in practice)

Highly effective combination of powerpoint, structured discussion/Q&A’s, video (with discussion) and role play/practice. Thank you.
(GP, 11-20 years in practice)

Presenters very open, thoughtful and supportive. …very enjoyable and thought provoking.
(Psychologist, 6-10 years in practice)

Great experience. Look forward to more training in ISTDP!
(Psychologist, 6-10 years in practice)

I really enjoyed the variety of teaching methods and emphasis on experiential work.
(Trainee Clinical Psychologist)