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Frequently Asked Questions

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/9780199602452.003.0051
Frequently Asked Questions

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This chapter presents answers to some frequently asked questions about DIT. Questions addressed are: How does DIT differ from interpersonal psychotherapy? How does DIT differ from other brief psychodynamic therapies? Is DIT a supportive psychotherapy? Is DIT an adaptation of mentalization-based therapy for mood disorders? Is DIT suitable with patients with personality disorders? How central is working in the transference in DIT? What training is needed to practice DIT? Does the length of the therapy need to be restricted to sixteen sessions as set out in this protocol? Does the DIT therapist work with dreams and unconscious fantasies? Does the DIT therapist use the countertransference as the basis for intervening? Does DIT focus on the patient's past? What should be expected if the decision to train in DIT is chosen?

Keywords: DIT; psychotherapy; psychodynamic therapy; mood disorders; transference

Chapter.  2061 words. 

Subjects: Clinical Psychology

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