Evening Seminar with Susan Hajkowski 13th March 2015

I wanted to share my enthusiasm about Susan Hajkowski’s presentation last night at the ISTDP-UK evening seminar series. As always it is a privilege to witness another practitioner’s work, and it is exciting to see the application of ISTDP within a UK context, especially in the NHS which is a complex system of care delivery that invites a plethora of expectation and projection that signifies not merely the patient’s relationship to their superego but also the contracted relationship with the State.

I wanted to share my enthusiasm about Susan Hajkowski’s presentation last night at the ISTDP-UK evening seminar series. As always it is a privilege to witness another practitioner’s work, and it is exciting to see the application of ISTDP within a UK context, especially in the NHS which is a complex system of care delivery that invites a plethora of expectation and projection that signifies not merely the patient’s relationship to their superego but also the contracted relationship with the State.

Susan’s work is both an expression of attunement to dynamic process as well as a deep interest in empirical evaluation of outcomes. Boldly using session-by-session measures she was able to track the trajectory of her work and demonstrate not only phenomenological shifts in her patient but also quantified shifts in self-rated distress. This was not merely evidence-based practice, but practice-based evidence of the utility of ISTDP as an emotionally focused alternative experience for patients.

Thank you Susan and congratulations on your fine work.
Dr Anthony Theuninck

Chartered Clinical Psychologist

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