Dynamic interpersonal therapy can improve your mood by helping to better manage relationships.

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Last updated May 27, 2020 by Dr. Sheri Jacobson Dr. Sheri Jacobson

Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy in London

Are you always having problems in your relationships?

When things go wrong in your relationships with others it can directly affect your sense of wellbeing. Ongoing difficulties with family or your partner, constant disagreements with friends or colleagues, or just a feeling you can't properly connect with others are all enough to trigger the low moods that lead to anxiety and depression.

Dynamic interpersonal therapy (DIT) can help. Like most other forms of therapy it is based on the idea that what happened to you in the past affects how you think, feel and act in the present. But it is different in that it is a short-term therapy with a specific focus on the link between the choices you make in relationships and your low moods. 

Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy at Harley Therapy™ London

All practioners of DIT must have a minimum of 150 hours of practise as a psychodynamic therapist. Here at Harley Therapy™ London, we set the standard even higher. All of the practitioners we are associated with have a minimum of five years postgraduate experience, and most have trained in not one but several forms of therapy at top UK institutions. 

Start feeling better about your relationships today

If you are thinking about embarking on a course of DIT sessions in London, then contact us now on 020 8003 4173 for more information on how we can help you, or book an initial consultation at one of our clinics in the City of London, Canary Wharf, in Harley Street or online.  

What is Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT) and how is it effective?

In around 16 weekly sessions dynamic interpersonal therapy aims to help you identify and understand the pattern of relating you learned as a child that is causing you stress in your present relationships. Your DIT therapist can help you make new choices that move you away from your old pattern towards more productive ways of interrelating that allow you to feel more positive moods.

The idea is that if you have functioning, healthy relationships, you then feel better about yourself and the world, and your depression lifts.

Dynamic interpersonal therapy was designed from the framework of psychodynamic therapy (which itself was developed out of psychoanalytical theory). DIT practitioners are thus also experienced psychodynamic therapists who must have at least 150 hours of client experience before attaining a DIT certification.

DIT is also an evidence-based form of therapy, with a growing body of scientific evidence that it really works to improve psychological health.

How many DIT sessions do I need?

Dynamic interpersonal therapy is a short term therapy that is usually offered in a set of 16 sessions. But this can be decided between you and your therapist at your first consultation.

What issues does DIT help with? 

Dynamic interpersonal therapy has been proven to help with these difficulties:

What results can I expect from DIT sessions? 

Dynamic interpersonal therapy can offer you these results:

  • understand yourself and others
  • reflect on your thoughts and feelings
  • take responsibility for your action with others
  • improved relationships
  • increased capacity for emotional intimacy
  • better moods and lower anxiety
  • see your options more clearly
  • make better choices for yourself

Improve your relationships and your moods – the Harley Therapy™ approach

Your Harley Therapy™ DIT practitioner will help you find better ways to relate to others as well as ways to lower your anxiety and depression

Your therapist will do this by listening carefully as you talk about your relationships and experiences, and then reflecting back certain things you say to help you explore what they really mean to you and your life. They will also use the way you interact with them – the client therapist realtionship – as a platform to explore your style of relating to others.

Together with your DIT therapist you can identify the core 'pattern' of relating that you are using, how it is making your relationships go wrong, and what you can do to move into more positive choices that lead to you feeling better.

If you decide to come to Harley Therapy, you will be committing to weekly sessions that each last for around 50 minutes. The first session will allow time for an assesmment where you and your therapist can discuss if DIT is right for you and how many sessions you might require.

Dynamic interpersonal therapy does not require homework or have written exercises, although each week you and your therapist will track your progress. But like all forms of therapy, DIT does require a commitment to attend your sessions and a desire to change.

It is important to keep in mind that your therapist will never push you to do something you don't feel comfortable with. They are there to support you in a positive manner.


Further reading on dynamic interpersonal therapy 

What is Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy? 

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