ISTDP is a psychoanalytic therapy which embodies a very different way of managing the transference and dealing with defences; a therapy in which the therapist is an active advocate of change rather than being neutral. The radical techniques created by Dr Habib Davanloo in the 1960s and 1970s are being constantly revised and developed by the first generation of ISTDP therapists who trained with him. Based on Attachment Theory, ISTDP focuses on the early ruptures in attachment which have led to resistance against emotional closeness and intimacy. ISTDP works with a concept of unconscious conflict between the wish for closeness and the fear of it engendered by early experiences. Alexandra will focus on some of the basic concepts and techniques of ISTDP and show the difference between ISTDP and conventional psychoanalytic therapy. She will illustrate her talk with recorded vignettes from sessions
Alexandra Pokorny trained as a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist over 30 years ago with the Arbours Association and worked for many years in the Arbours Residential Communities and Crisis Centre. She was their director of Training for many years . Subsequently she founded The Forum for Independent Psychotherapists (FiP). 5 years ago she retired from private practice in London and moved to just outside Ross-on-Wye where she now lives and practices. Following the first ISTDP Oxford Conference in 2006 put on by David Malan she was part of the first group of therapists to be trained in ISTDP in the UK. This group formed ISTDP UK of which Alexandra is Chair. The organisations aims are to promote the awareness and practice of ISTDP in the UK. She now works only using ISTDP and mainly does ‘block’ therapy. Therapy in which the patient is seen intensively over a few days.
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