Research

At ISTDP-UK we believe in having informed practitioners striving to provide the highest quality ISTDP methods available. This supports patients to achieve the best outcomes in the shortest time for their wellbeing and long-term happiness. ISTDP is an evidence-based approach for a range of emotional and mental health difficulties (e.g. somatoform disorders, treatment resistant depression, anxiety and personality disorder).

The effectiveness of therapy is evaluated through research that is aimed to address various important questions: Does the approach help to solve particular target problems (e.g. depression) following therapy and is this sustained in the long-term after treatment? Is the approach comparable, superior or inferior to other treatment options? Is the approach cost-effective by reducing costs associated with the target problem at a reasonable cost of delivering the therapy?

Research explores these questions using a range of methods. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence identified different methods as having different levels of importance for evaluating treatment effectiveness. For more information, click here. Research into ISTDP includes different research methodologies that are listed in NICE guidelines for reviewing and grading evidence (reviews, random control trials, case series data and individual case studies). ISTDP research also covers a range of target problems, in different health settings across a diverse group of countries. Please see below a list of references of some ISTDP research for different levels of evidence described above. We would especially like to thank Allan Abbass and his colleagues for their summaries of the research that enable us to provide the list below. More about their work can be found at http://www.istdp.ca.

Meta-Analyses and Systematic Reviews

Intensive short-term dynamic psychotherapy: A systematic review and meta-analysis of outcome research

Abbass, A., Town, J., & Driessen, E.
Harvard Review of Psychiatry
2012, Volume 20(2), pp97-108.
Full text available here

 

Intensive short-term dynamic psychotherapy: A review of the treatment method and empirical basis

Abbass, A., Town, J. T., and Driessen, E.
Research in Psychotherapy: Psychopathology, Process and Outcome
2013, volume 16 (1), pp6-15

 

Randomised Controlled Trials

A randomized prospective study comparing supportive and dynamic therapies

Hellerstein, D. J., Rosenthal, R. N., Pinsker, H., Wallner Samstag, J., Muran, J. C., & Winston, A.
Psychotherapy Practice and Research
1998, volume 7, pp 261-271.

 

Does brief dynamic psychotherapy reduce relapse rate of panic disorder?

Wiborg, I. M. & Dahl, A. A.
Archives of General Psychiatry
1996, volume 53, pp 689-694.

 

 

Short-term psychotherapy of personality disorders

Winston, A., Laikin, M., Pollack, J., Wallner Samstag, L., McCullough, L., & Moran J. C.
American Journal of Psychiatry
1994, volume 151, pp190-194.

 

Psychotherapeutic perspectives in urethral syndrome

Baldoni, F., Baldaro, B., & Trombini, G.
Stress Medicine
1995, volume 11(1), pp 79-84

 

Intensive short-term dynamic psychotherapy for DSM-IV personality disorders

Abbass, A,. Sheldon, A. Gyra, A,. Kalpin, A.
Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease
2008, volume 196, pp 211-216

 

The consequences of overcoming resistance and emotional disclosure on lymphocyte T-helper and T-suppressor and psychological pathology

Ghorbani, N., Dadsetan, P., Ejei, J., & Motiyan, H.
Journal of Psychology (Persian)
2000, volume 3, pp368-389

 

Case Series and Non-Randomised Outcome Studies

Long-term follow-up of a residential form of intensive short-term dynamic psychotherapy in personality disorders

Cornelissen, K. L. M., Smeets, D., Willemsen S. P., Busschbach, J. J. V., & Verheul R.
In Press

 

Indexing resistance in short-term dynamic psychotherapy (STDP): Change in breaks in eye contact during anxiety (BECAS)

Callahan, P.
Psychotherapy Research
2002, volume 10, pp 87-89.

 

Office based research in intensive short-term dynamic psychotherapy (ISTDP): data from the first 6 years of practice

Abbass, A.
Ad Hoc Bulletin of Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy
2002, volume 6(2), pp. 5-14.

 

Intensive short-term dynamic psychotherapy of treatment-resistant depression: A pilot study

Abbass, A.
Depression and Anxiety
2006, volume 23, pp. 449-452

 

Intensive short-term dynamic psychotherapy in a private psychiatric office: Clinical and cost-effectiveness

Abbass, A.
American Journal of Psychotherapy
2002, volume 56, pp. 225-232.

 

A naturalistic study of intensive short-term dynamic psychotherapy trial therapy

Abbass, A., Joffres, M. R., and Ogrodniczuk, J.
Brief Treatment and Crisis Intervention
2008, volume 8, pp. 164-170.

 

Modified short-term dynamic psychotherapy in patients with bipolar disorder: Preliminary case report series

Abbass, A.
Canadian Child Psychiatry Review
2002, volume 11, pp. 151-155.

 

Single-blind clinical trial of psychotherapy for treatment of psychogenic movement disorders

Hinson, V. K., Weinstein, S., Bernard, B., Leurgans S. E., & Goetz, C.G.
Parkinsonism and Related Disorders
2006, volume 12, pp. 177-180.

 

The role of emotional repression in chronic back pain: A study of chronic back pain patients undergoing psychodynamically oriented group psychotherapy as treatment for their pain

Hawkins, J. R.
New York: New York University.
2003

 

Direct diagnosis and management of emotional factors in chronic headache patients

Abbass, A., Lovas, D., and Purdy, A.
Cephalalgia
2008, volume 28, pp. 1306-1314.

 

Intensive short-term dynamic psychotherapy trials of therapy; qualitative description and comparison to standard intake assessment

Abbass, AA, Joffres, M. R. & Ogrodniczuk, J. S.
Ad Hoc Bulletin of Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy
2009, volume 13, pp. 6-13.

 

Cost-Effectiveness Studies

Intensive short-term dynamic psychotherapy in a private psychiatric office: Clinical and cost-effectiveness

Abbass, A.
American Journal of Psychotherapy
2002, volume 56, pp. 225-232.

 

Direct diagnosis and management of emotional factors in chronic headache patients

Abbass, A., Lovas, D., and Purdy, A.
Cephalalgia
2008, volume 28, pp. 1306-1314.

 

The cost effectiveness of short-term dynamic psychotherapy

Abbass, A.
Journal of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcome Research
2003, volume 3, pp. 535-539.

 

Treatment outcome of residential treatment with ISTDP

Cornelissen, K. L. M., & Verheul, R.
Ad Hoc Bulletin of Short Term Dynamic Psychitherapy
2002, volume 6, pp 14-23.

 

Intensive short-term dynamic psychotherapy to reduce rates of emergency department visits for patients with medically unexplained symptoms: preliminary evidence from pre-post intervention study

Abbass, A. A., Campbell, S., Magee, K., & Tarzwell R.
Canadian Journal of Emergency Medical Care
2009, volume 11, pp. 529-534.

 

Intensive short-term dynamic psychotherapy of treatment-resistant depression: A pilot study

Abbass, A.
Depression and Anxiety
2006, volume 23, pp. 449-452

 

Intensive short-term dynamic psychotherapy for DSM-IV personality disorders

Abbass, A,. Sheldon, A. Gyra, A,. Kalpin, A.
Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease
2008, volume 196, pp 211-216

 

Long-term follow-up of a residential form of intensive short-term dynamic psychotherapy in personality disorders

Cornelissen, K. L. M., Smeets, D., Willemsen S. P., Busschbach, J. J. V., & Verheul R.
In Press

 

Cost savings of treatment of medically unexplained symptoms using intensive short-term dynamic psychotherapy (ISTDP) by a hospital department

Abbass, A., Campbell, S., Magee, K., Lenzer, I., Hann, G., Tarzwell, R.
Archives of Medical Psychology
2010, volume 2, pp. 34-44.

 

ISTDP Technical Papers, Process Studies and Single Case Design

Intensive short−term dynamic psychotherapy Central dynamic sequence

Head−on collision with resistance
Davanloo H
International Journal of Intensive Short−Term Dynamic Psychotherapy
Dec 1999, vol. 13, no. 4, p263−282

 

Intensive short−term dynamic psychotherapy Central dynamic sequence

Phase of challenge
Davanloo H
International Journal of Intensive Short−Term Dynamic Psychotherapy
Dec 1999, vol. 13, no. 4, p 237−262

 

Intensive short−term dynamic psychotherapy Central dynamic sequence

Phase of pressure
Davanloo H
International Journal of Intensive Short−Term Dynamic Psychotherapy
Dec 1999, vol. 13, no. 4, p211−236

 

Neborsky R (2006)

Brain, Mind and Dyadic Change Processes
Journal of Clinical Psychology: in Session
Vol. 62(5), 523–538

 

Paving the Royal Road

An overview of Conceptual and Technical Features in the Graded Format of Davanloo’s ISTDP
Whittemore J
International Journal of Intensive Short-Term Psychotherapy
Vol 11 1996 pp21-39

 

Resistance and Transference in ISTDP and Classical Psychoanalysis

Similarities and Differences: Pt I
Davis D
International Journal of Intensive Short-Term Psychotherapy
Vol 4 1989 pp 313-331

 

Resistance and Transference in ISTDP and Classical Psychoanalysis

Similarities and Differences: Pt II
Davis D
International Journal of Intensive Short-Term Psychotherapy
Vol 5 1990 1-24

 

Technical and Metapsychological Roots of Davanloo’s ISTDP

Central Dynamic Sequence: Phase of Pressure
Gottwick G, Ostertag I, Weiss M
European Psychotherapy
Vol 2 No 1 2001 pp71-88

 

Technical and Metapsychological Roots of Davanloo’s ISTDP

Head on Collision with the Resistance
Gottwick G, Orbes I
European Psychotherapy
Vol 2 No 1 2001 pp103-117

 

Technical and Metapsychological Roots of Davanloo’s ISTDP

The Entry of the Transference
Gottwick G, Kettner-Werkmeister I, Wagner G
European Psychotherapy
Vol 2 No 1 2001 pp118-136

 

The perpetrator of the unconscious in Davanloo's new metapsychology

Part I: review of classic psychoanalytic concepts
Beeber A
International Journal of Intensive Short-Term Psychotherapy
Volume 13 Issue 3, 1999

 

The perpetrator of the unconscious in Davanloo's new metapsychology

Part II: comparison of the perpetrator to classic psychoanalytic concepts
Beeber A
International Journal of Intensive Short-Term Psychotherapy
Volume 13 Issue 3, 1999

 

The perpetrator of the unconscious in Davanloo's new metapsychology

Part III Specifics of Davanloo’s Technique
Beeber A
International Journal of Intensive Short-Term Psychotherapy
Volume 13 Issue 3, 1999

 

The Rise in the Transference in Davanloo’s Technique of ISTDP

Principles, Technique and Issues for Training
Lebeaux D
International Journal of Intensive Short-Term Psychotherapy
Vol 13 1999 pp3-16

 

The Significance of Attachment Theory for the Practice of ISTDP

Della Selva P
International Journal of Short-Term Psychotherapy
Vol 8 1993 pp189-206

 

Other Research into Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapies

Depression Studies Pertinent to NICE Guidelines

Short-term Psychodynamic Psychotherapies
Allan Abbass, Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology, Dalhousie University, Canada

 

The efficacy of short-term psychodynamic psychotherapy in specific psychiatric disorders: a meta-analysis

Leichsenring, F,. Rabung, S., & Leibing E.
Archives of General Psychiatry
2004, volume 61(12), pp. 1208-1216.