ISTDP OVERVIEW of Evidence March 2024revised

Research Update 1: Trial Therapy

Research Update 2: Cost-Effectiveness July 2020

Research Update 3: STDP/EAET somatic table update Feb 21 2024

Research Update 4: Severe Mental Disorders updated 2020


Anxiety Disorders update Mar 2024


Canadian Armed Forces Medical Slides January 2023

June 1-3, 2022 Immersion of Fragile Character Structure Handout

Algorithm based on Reaching through Resistance Chapters


ISTDP and ECT Abbass Bains 2010

 Identifying and Managing Emotional Contributors to Somatic Symptom Presentations: in press

SEE OVER 100 of Allan’s Articles at Google Scholar LINK HERE

Idealization and Devaluation as Barriers to Psychotherapy learning

Video ISTDP during Covid in press

Cooper et al Family Med MUS paper 2017

Effectiveness of the ISTDP Trial Therapy 2017

ISTDP for Pseudoseizures: Pilot Cost-effectivenss Study 2016

The Emergence of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy for Treatment Resistant Patients: ISTDP 2016

Symptom- and personality disorder changes in intensive short-term dynamic residential treatment for treatment resistant anxiety and depressive disorders: Solbakken and Abbass

Intensive short-term dynamic residential treatment program for patients with treatment-resistant disorders. Solbakken & Abbass, 2015

Sustained Cost Benefits of ISTDP for Patients with Psychotic Disorders. Psychiatry Research, 2015

Long-term healthcare cost reduction with ISTDP. Journal of Psychiatric Research 2015

Short-term psychodynamic psychotherapies for common mental disorders (Cochrane Review 2014)

Review of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Neuroimaging Studies

Davanloo’s Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy in a tertiary psychotherapy service: overall effectiveness and association between unlocking the unconscious and outcome

Effectiveness and Cost Effectiveness of Davanloo’s Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy: Does Unlocking the Unconscious Make a Difference?

The Cost-Effectiveness of Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy

Residency Training in Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy: Methods and Cost-Effectiveness

Effective Care of Treatment-Resistant Patients in an ISTDP-Based In-Patient Treatment Program

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy for Children and Adolescents: A Meta-Analysis of Short-Term Psychodynamic Models

Key Clinical Processes in Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy

Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy: A Review of the Treatment Method and Empirical Basis

Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy for Severe Behavioural Disorders: A Focus on Eating Disorders

Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy Associated with Decreases in Electroconvulsive Therapy on Adult Acute Care Inpatient Ward

Meta-analysis of ISTDP outcome studies in Harvard Reviews of Psychiatry

Randomized Controlled Trial of ISTDP for Patients with Personality Disorders

Implementing an Emotion-Focused Consultation Service to Examine Medically Unexplained Symptoms in the Emergency Department

Cost Savings of Treatment of Medically Unexplained Symptoms Using Intensive Short-term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) by a Hospital Emergency Department

Web-Conference Supervision for Advanced Psychotherapy Training: A Practical Guide

Emotional Influences in Patient Safety

Meta-analysis of Short-Term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy for Depressive Disorders with Comorbid Personality Disorder

Short-Term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy for Personality Disorders: A Critical Review of Randomised Controlled Trials

Alexithymia and Treatment Preferences among Psychiatric Outpatients

How doctors feel: affective issues in patients’ safety

Intensive short-term dynamic psychotherapy to reduce rates of emergency department return visits for patients with medically unexplained symptoms: preliminary evidence from a pre-post intervention study

Short-term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy for Somatic Disorders: Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Clinical Trials

Direct Diagnosis and Management of Emotional Factors in Chronic Headache Patients

A Naturalistic Study of Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy Trial Therapy

Bringing Character Changes with Davanloo’s Intensive Short-term Dynamic Psychotherapy (AD HOC Bulletin of Short-term Dynamic Psychotherapy)

Intensive Short-term Dynamic Psychotherapy of Treatment-Resistant Depression: A Pilot Study

The Cost-Effectiveness Of Short-term Dynamic Psychotherapy 2003

Intensive Short-term Dynamic Psychotherapy In A Private Psychiatric Office: Clinical And Cost Effectiveness (American Journal of Psychotherapy; 2002)

Office Based Research in Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP): Data from the First Six Years of Practice

Short-term psychodynamic psychotherapies for common mental disorders

Somatization: Diagnosing It Sooner Through Emotion – Focused Interviewing, Journal of Family Practice, 2005

Raised Consciousness About Emotions And Health (2005)

The Case For Specialty-Specific Core Curriculum On Emotions And Health (2004/2005)

Small Group Videotape Training For Psychotherapy Skills Development (Academic Psychiatry, 28.2, Summer 2004)

Modified Short-term Dynamic Psychotherapy In Patients With Bipolar Disorder Preliminary Report Of A Case Series (2002)



Idealization/devaluation paper, 2004

Supervision Slides

ISTDP Algorithm Slides

Chapter on Learning issues Draft v 2.1

ISTDP Adherence Scale ver 1.5 August 2018

Allan Abbass Interview from book “Id to Intersubjectivity”

Chapter 17 Severe Fragile Character Structure

Fall 2022 Fragile Course Handout

Video: Didactic Portions of the June 2022 Immersion on Fragile Character Structure

Recognizing and handling one’s own defenses: Emptiness, Different Drum Scott Peck



Danish Immersion 2022 Objectives

Halifax 2022 objectives

Sweden 2022 objectives

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