Intensive short term dynamic psychotherapy istdp is a form of short term psychotherapy developed through empirical video recorded research by habib davanloo the therapys primary goal is to help the patient overcome internal resistance to experiencing true feelings about the present and past which have been warded off because they are either too frightening or too painful. Of course short term psychotherapy has many limitations in that the degree of change is often more limited than in well done longer term work yet it has been the experience of work with a significant number of clients that significant change can take place in a short period of time and that this can be satisfying for the client. Although stable changes after short term psychotherapy are not expected for disorders with recurring episodes like major depressive illnesses westen novotny thompson brenner 2004 long term psychodynamic treatments have been effective in changing these more severe psychopathologies leichsenring rabung 2008 and have even demonstrated . Long term psychodynamic psychotherapy ltpp is more effective than short term therapy for patients with complex mental disorders such as personality disorders according to a new report
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