alexa The development of a brief psychodynamic intervention (dynamic interpersonal therapy) and its application to depression: a pilot study.


Journal of Psychology & Psychotherapy

Author(s): Lemma A, Target M, Fonagy P

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Abstract This paper describes a protocol for a brief psychodynamic intervention (Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy; DIT) for use with depressed patients and a pilot study set out to test its acceptability and compatibility with session-by-session monitoring as a prelude to a future randomized controlled trial. Sixteen consecutively referred, depressed patients (aged 20-53) were offered 16 sessions of DIT. Patient outcomes were collected pre-post, and on a session-by-session basis, using the PHQ-9 and GAD-7. Therapist and supervision feedback indicates that this structured psychodynamic treatment could be effectively taught, and that the key competences involved were acquired and demonstrated in the clinical work supervised. Patients found the treatment acceptable and relevant to their problems. The treatment appeared compatible with session-by-session monitoring of symptoms of anxiety and depression. DIT was associated with a significant reduction in reported symptoms in all but one case, to below clinical levels in 70\% of the patients. Random regression models revealed highly significant linear and quadratic components, confirming the decrease in reported symptom severity but cautioning about slight increase in symptoms around the ending phase of the treatment. The results suggest that DIT is promising in its acceptability and effectiveness with an unselected group of primary care patients, and is easily acquired by psychodynamically trained clinicians. This article was published in Psychiatry and referenced in Journal of Psychology & Psychotherapy

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