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Techniques

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/9780199602452.003.0037
Techniques

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A key intervention in DIT is to help the patient to stay focused on the agreed interpersonal-affective focus (IPAF). All the techniques deployed in DIT support this core aim, that is, of helping the patient to understand better what is happening to him, in his mind, when things go wrong in his relationships. This will include how the IPAF is enacted in the therapeutic relationship. To this end DIT draws on expressive/exploratory, supportive, and mentalizing and directive techniques, which are reviewed in this chapter.

Keywords: DIT; patients; therapy; interpersonal-affective focus

Chapter.  8386 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Clinical Psychology

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