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Core Features and Strategies

Alessandra Lemma, Mary Target and Peter Fonagy

in Brief Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780199602452
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729232 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199602452.003.0015
Core Features and Strategies

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DIT has been developed to meet the needs of patients who are depressed and/or anxious. It primarily targets the patient's interpersonal functioning and the capacity to think about, and understand, changes in mood triggered by the activation in the mind of a particular self-other representation as the medium through which to reduce symptoms of depression and/or anxiety. DIT distinguishes itself at the level of its overall strategy because it is a time-limited therapy consisting of sixteen weekly sessions structured around the formulation and working through of a problematic, recurrent interpersonal-affective pattern that becomes the focus (the IPAF). DIT can be conceptualized as having three phases, each with distinctive aims and strategies. This chapter gives an overview of these three phases so as to sketch out the trajectory for the therapy.

Keywords: DIT; interpersonal-affective pattern; time-limited therapy; depression; anxiety; mood disorders

Chapter.  4430 words. 

Subjects: Clinical Psychology

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