Introduction to ISTDP
We need new emotional experiences, not new insights! It's a scientific fact that cognitive insight alone, no matter how brilliant, cannot "stretch" the mind to new dimensions. It has also been said that no truth matters until you feel it. This is why I'm so enthusiastic and passionate about practicing Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP), an experiential, evidence-based, accelerated method proven to produce effective and lasting life transformation. Many of my clients report a feeling of hope and momentum even after our first session!
One important way this model diverges from traditional psychotherapy is that it emphasizes emotional experiencing in our sessions — rather than continuing the avoidance of feeling your healthy core emotions. How you deal with your emotions defines your relationships and sense of self. It is well documented that simply talking about emotions is not sufficient to bring about real and lasting change.
Another significant way this model differs from others is in its intensity. It's not for everyone! It requires that both you and I put 100% effort toward achieving your goals. It is hard, sometimes painful work and requires grit. As the great philosopher Lao Tzu wisely noted, "New BEGINNINGS are often DISGUISED as painful ENDINGS."
So — if you find yourself repeating self-defeating patterns of behavior, feel emotionally stuck — or notice that your current therapy isn't really helping you genuinely shift your thinking, improve your mood and "come home" to yourself, I invite you to consider giving ISTDP a chance to change your life. Witness for yourself the incredible healing power of this model and why it has won over so many clients and clinicians worldwide!