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

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


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 is an IEDTA accredited supervisor and trainer, a director of ISTDP-UK and has published books and journal articles on the subjects of trauma and ISTDP.

Dr Lewis has trained extensively with senior clinicians in ISTDP. Her therapeutic approach is based in the attachment-based model of Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy. She currently works in private practice in Amersham, Buckinghamshire and offers ISTDP training groups, from introductory to advanced level in London.

Sharon Lewis and Alexandra Knowles have been teaching this course for the past several 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.

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)