Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT) is a 16 week therapy targeted particularly at relieving symptoms of anxiety and depression. The primary aim is improved interpersonal functioning and an enhanced capacity for understanding self and others. DIT assists in understanding the link between depression and both current and past relationships.
DIT therapy requires both therapist and client to collaboratively examine the person’s relational difficulties aiming to identify and focus on an agreed interpersonal pattern throughout the sessions.
DIT suits those who are curious and reflective and uses these qualities to increase the capacity to cope with interpersonal challenges leading to greater freedom of choice. There are many variations of dysfunctional relationship patterns we can work in DIT; here are a few examples:
- You feel that others dismiss your needs leaving you feeling invisible
- You seem to be the one who gives in to others’ demands so that you feel drained
- Being a loner is familiar and getting close to others seems too risky, but you long to be valued
- You feel lacking in confidence while others appear to you to be superior and this makes you angry or sad
- You find it difficult to express feelings and others seem to be uninhibited and to imagine you don’t have an emotional side
Fees are calculated on a sliding scale depending on income. There is an initial in-depth consultation and the fee is between £70 and £160.
You will be expected to pay for missed or cancelled sessions, except for those cancelled by the therapist.
How we helped Dave
Dave started therapy following treatment for addiction to painkillers. He’d stopped taking the tablets, but carried on lying to people as he’d done previously to hide his habit. He feared that he would lose his partner and his family. When we analysed the lies, we were able to see that these were Dave’s way of avoiding criticism. Dave found that there were other, better ways he could choose to manage his feelings.