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"Even if they are not sure whether therapy will help them, or if they feel in any way too embarrassed about what others will think of them, to seek help, I would urge them to do it. Trust me, you have everything to gain. And absolutely nothing to lose."


Brief Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT)

DIT is a form of brief psychodynamic therapy developed for treating depression. It is particularly helpful for people with emotional and relationship problems, especially if these are linked to previous relationship difficulties.We have known for some time that difficult experiences in the past can continue to affect the way people feel and behave in the present and that this can cause problems in relationships which in turn can be linked to depression.

How does it work?

Psychodynamic therapy is based on the idea that when something is very painful we can find ourselves trying to ignore it. Most of the time we know when we are doing this, but sometimes we can bury something so successfully that we lose sight of it completely.

DIT aims to help people by focussing on certain key aspects of someone’s current relationship patterns. If we can help them change these they feel more able to sustain intimacy and closeness with others and their depression lifts.

Length and frequency of therapy

Your therapist will talk with you about the fixed number of sessions you can expect to have. This will typically be sixteen sessions. The therapy usually takes place once a week: a session is 50 minutes.

A Partnership Between:

  • South West London and St George's Mental Health Trust
  • Recovery College
  • Sutton Age UK
  • Off the Record
  • Sutton Carers Centre
  • Citizen’s Advice Sutton
  • Sutton Mental Health Foundation
  • ieso