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Dynamic interpersonal therapy (DIT)

What is dynamic interpersonal therapy?

Dynamic interpersonal therapy (DIT) is designed to treat depression but it can also help you get a handle on a variety of unconscious negative behaviours – some of these springing from troubled early life experiences.

DIT can help you become more self-aware so you understand the influence of the past on the way you behave in the here and now.

How does DIT work?

At Thinkaction, your mental health practitioner will work with you to try and uncover feelings and thoughts that might be interfering with your day-to-day life and relationships.

Your practitioner will aim to help you identify unconscious, repeating patterns in your relationships and behaviour. They will also help you reflect on your state of mind so you can better manage future relationship difficulties.

A course of DIT usually lasts for 16 sessions. The course has three phases:

  • Sessions 1-4 are the Engagement/Assessment Phase. Your therapist will get to know you and try to identify patterns in how you are feeling and thinking.
  • Sessions 5-15 form the Middle Phase. Your therapist will work with you to make sense of the things you are struggling with.
  • Sessions 13-16 form the Ending Phase. You and your therapist will work on how you will manage your thoughts and feelings in the future.

Your Thinkaction mental health practitioner will let you know about the number of sessions available and when the therapy will end. At the end of course, they will help you look to the future and think about how you will deal with any further problems and challenges once you have finished therapy.

When life gets too much we can help get you through

Call us on 0300 012 0012.
Ask your GP to refer you.
Text TALK to 82085.

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