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Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT)

Dynamic interpersonal therapy (DIT) is a simple, 16-session individual therapy protocol for mood disorder.

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About DIT

Dynamic interpersonal therapy (DIT) draws on the work of the Expert Reference Group on clinical competencies, which identified key components of manualised psychoanalytic/ psychodynamic therapies.

DIT is an easy to acquire, semi-structured treatment protocol. There are plans to roll DIT out nationally within the NHS Talking Therapies programme for work with depressed patients. DIT training is therefore NHS Talking Therapies supported. 

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Background to the development of DIT

DIT was explicitly developed out of the psychoanalytic/psychodynamic competences (Lemma et al., 2008) that provided the basis for the It is drawn from the psychoanalytic/psychodynamic approaches that have the strongest evidence for efficacy, based on the outcome of controlled trials. It is specifically designed to address symptoms of depression and anxiety.

DIT and NHS Talking Therapies

DIT is the brief psychodynamic therapy model now offered at Step 3 within NHS Talking Therapies. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines for depression state that brief psychodynamic therapy is one option that can be considered for depressed patients, either when the patient has not responded to cognitive behavioural therapy interventions, or where the patient actively opts for a psychodynamic approach.

DIT founders and course director

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Peter Fonagy

Professor of Psychoanalysis and Developmental Science & Head of the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences at University College London

Alessandra Lemma

Alessandra Lemma

Collaboration Lead for joint projects between the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust and Anna Freud.

Mary Hepworth

Mary Hepworth

Clinical Psychologist

Deborah Abrahams

Deborah Abrahams

Psychoanalyst registered with the British Society of Psychoanalysis