Dynamic Psychotherapy

Dynamic Psychotherapy is a Melbourne Psychology Practice with an ISTDP focus


Trauma Therapy: Mapping the Cycle

To be human is to contend with inevitable experiences of adversity, in which we continue to demonstrate tremendous resilience to ensure our own survival. Regardless of the scale of these adversities, traumatic experiences leave traces across individual, interpersonal, societal, and historical levels. When an adversity becomes traumatic is when the integration of an emotionally distressing[…]

Navigating Your First Therapy Session: A Beginner’s Guide

Entering therapy can be a significant step toward personal growth and healing, yet it’s normal to feel a mix of excitement and apprehension about your first session. Understanding what to expect can ease anxieties and help you prepare for this important journey. What is Therapy? Therapy, or psychotherapy, is a collaborative process where a trained[…]

Materialism: Having and Giving, instead of Being and Loving

In this guest post by Carol Goudie working with Julie Cochrane, they reflect on the importance of keeping materialism in check, and focussing on build meaningful relationships instead. In our materialistic world, it is easy to confuse having and giving with being and loving. Our society bombards us with messages linking possessions to happiness. It’s[…]

Burnout: The Silent Storm in Today’s World

What is Burnout? In the relentless pace of modern life, burnout has emerged as a silent epidemic, often overlooked yet profoundly impactful. The phenomenon of burnout refers to a psychosocial syndrome made up of emotional exhaustion and reduced personal accomplishment as a result of chronic workplace stress (Hill & Curran, 2016). This problem has become[…]

What is Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP)?

Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) is an active, focused form of therapy. First developed by Dr Habib Davanloo, it is an evidence-based therapy developed to understand and work through emotion. Central to ISTDP is supporting people to face feelings they have learned to avoid due to the anxiety that these feelings evoke. In ISTDP,[…]

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