2-Day Introduction to ISTDP June 20192019-01-21T13:15:11+00:00

Project Description

2 Day Introduction to ISTDP, June 2019

14th & 15th of June 2019

10am to 4.30pm

Holiday Inn Express, Swiss Cottage, London

Dr Sharon Lewis, Chartered Clinical Psychologist

£400 early bird fee (Until 15 April 2019)
£450 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

Programme overview

Day One

  • Evidence base for ISTDP
  • Theoretical framework
  • Core emotions
  • Unconscious Anxiety

Day Two

  • Maladaptive Defences that interfere with psychotherapy success
  • Clinical presentation: The Central Dynamic Sequence & Unlocking the Unconscious


Dr Sharon Lewis

Dr Sharon Lewis is a chartered clinical psychologist, registered with the British Psychological Society and the Health and Care Professions Council. She currently works in private practice. After joining the initial UK core training in 2006, she continued to develop her knowledge and practice of the technique and is now an IEDTA accredited trainer and supervisor in ISTDP. Together with Alexandra Knowles, she runs core training programmes in London and Oxford. She has previously worked as clinical supervisor of the Trauma Clinic of the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation in South Africa, as well as within the NHS, has published in the areas of childhood trauma and post traumatic stress disorder, and conducted research into treatment-resistant depression.

Sharon Lewis and Alexandra Knowles have been teaching this course for the past five years. Several participants have gone on to train as ISTDP therapists, while others have integrated ISTDP techniques into existing models of practice.

The course is suitable for registered and qualified mental health professionals. Participants come from a range of mental health and allied fields and include GPs, psychiatrists, counsellors, psychotherapists as well as counselling, clinical and sports psychologists.

As well as being an introduction to ISTDP, these two days also serve as the first block of the three-year core training for those individuals wanting to train as ISTDP therapists.

We have worked with numerous organisations, including the Centre for Continuing Education at the University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, the British Psychological Society, the University of Hertfordshire (DClin Programme) and NHS trusts.

If you are interested in running the introductory programme in-house, please email us at: [email protected]

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)