Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy
What is DIT?
Dynamic interpersonal therapy (DIT) is a simple, time-limited (16 sessions) form of psychodynamic therapy.
A key idea behind psychodynamic therapy is that when we experience something painful in our lives we might try to ignore it. Often, we are aware of this, but sometimes we become experts in ignoring a problem, so much so that we’ll lose sight of it completely. When this happens, a past experience can continue to affect our behaviour and how we feel, years later.
DIT offers a safe space for us to talk openly about what is affecting us and uncovering past hurts that may be affecting our present.
DIT specifically looks at our relationships with those around us. It is believed that when we are able to deal with relationship problems more effectively, our psychological symptoms tend to improve.
How does it work and is it effective?
Duration of DIT is often on a weekly basis for 3-4 months.
You will reflect on your thoughts and feelings and how they are linked to your experiences of relating with others from your earlier life experiences.
The first few sessions with your therapist will focus on understanding the nature of the relationships that you have in your life and uncover a pattern of the ways in which you interact with others in these relationships.
These new understandings will help you to pinpoint what is going wrong in your life and why – and ultimately, how this is contributing to the anxieties or stress that you are experiencing. These understandings also aim to facilitate your ability to deal with relationships more effectively.
Sessions will involve discussing your agreed main area and working on making positive changes.
When concluding therapy you and your therapist will discuss feelings about the therapy ending and the progress you have made through the treatment.
Guidelines from The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence state that brief psychodynamic therapy (like DIT) can be used for people who have not responded to CBT or for those who would benefit from seeing results in a brief period of time.
MakingWays – the CBT approach