Project Description

The syllabus will cover:

• Metapsychology of ISTDP
• The diagnostic spectrum and assessment process
• Key therapeutic interventions in AB-ISTDP: Working with unconscious anxiety, maladaptive defence processes & emotional experiencing
• The punitive superego
• The Central Dynamic Sequence

Key concepts and techniques will be taught through a combination of lectures and clinical presentations. Supervision of participants’ own clinical work is a key element of the programme and trainees are required to present video of their work in progress. The small group format is designed to create a safe and stimulating environment.

A comprehensive reading list will be provided.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course participants will understand:
• The theoretical framework of ISTDP
• The impact of attachment experiences and attachment trauma on neurological, affective, cognitive, and behavioural development and symptom formation.
• How specific psychotherapy techniques facilitate a secure working alliance and increase patient motivation and engagement
• How to challenge maladaptive defences
• How to assess anxiety pathways and apply targeted anxiety regulation strategies
• How emotional processes are somatic events and how to deepen emotional experiencing in session

On completion of the first year, participants will have the option of going on to complete further modules which will then confer accreditation in ISTDP by the International Experiential Dynamic Therapy Association (

Programme details

This 10-day programme, run over one year, focuses on psychotherapy techniques for treatment of adults and adolescents  using Attachment-Based Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (AB-ISTDP).


The lead trainer is Dr Sharon Lewis is a chartered clinical psychologist registered with the British Psychological Society and the Health Professions Council in the UK. She is a certified and experienced IEDTA supervisor and trainer and has extensive experience in offering core training programmes in ISTDP, as well as introductory and advanced training.

Additional training is provided by Robert J. Neborsky, MD, founder of the AB-ISTDP method.


This course is suitable for clinicians working in NHS as well as private settings. Applicants need to be qualified mental health professionals, registered with a professional body (eg: BPC, HCPC or UKCP) or  in an accredited training programme.

This course is currently full. If you would like to be added to the waiting list or to discuss the programme further, please contact Dr Lewis at:

Course Full

2023 (Course full)
10am to 5pm

17 March 2023
18 March 2023 (Zoom)
26 May 2023
16 June 2023
17 June 2023
14 July 2023
16 September 2023
20 October 2023
18 November 2023
12 January 2024

2024 (Course full)

Friday 22 March 2024 (BPS, London)
Saturday 23 March 2024 (Zoom)
Friday 24 May 2022 (BPS, London)
Saturday 22 June 2022 (Zoom)
Friday 12 July 2024 (Zoom)
Saturday 14 September 2024 (Zoom)
Friday 11 October 2024 (BPS, London)
Saturday 9 November 2024 (Zoom)
Friday 6 December 2024 (BPS, London)
Friday 17 January 2025 (BPS, London)