Brief Therapy for Depression

Brief Therapy for Depression

Depression is a common mental disorder. Globally, more than 264 million people of all ages suffer from depression.
Depression is a leading cause of disability worldwide and is a major contributor to the overall global burden of disease.
More women are affected by depression than men.
Depression can lead to suicide.
There are effective psychological and pharmacological treatments for moderate and severe depression

Statistics show that between 8 and 12% of the world’s population suffer from depression in any given year (The Office for National Statistics Psychiatric Morbidity report, 2001)

Depression is different from mere sadness or just feeling down. It debilitates those who suffer from it, often dragging on for weeks, months and sometimes years. It tends to be recurrent, bringing about feelings of despair, hopelessness, powerlessness, self-hatred, anger, anxiety and apathy, making life very difficult. But there is help.

Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT) - Brief therapy for depression

Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT) is a type of brief psychodynamic psychotherapy, which is currently being set up nationally in the NHS as a mode of treatment for mild to moderate depression and anxiety. The therapy endeavours to help the patient understand and work through feelings, thoughts and patterns of relationship that contribute to depression.


Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT) focuses on how the person sees him/herself and how he/she experience others, and the feelings that result from this interaction. DIT concentrates on relationships and feelings, helping the person identify and work through unhealthy patterns, misconceptions and painful feelings associated with depression. This will help the person develop and change in the way they deal with such difficulties.


Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy has two main objectives:

  • to help the person identify a fundamental pattern of relating to others, so he/she can understand how such pattern is linked with feelings associated with depression. Working through this pattern then becomes the focus of the therapy.
  • to help the person develop the capacity to think about their own states of mind, so they can learn how to manage the struggles in their day-to-day relationships.

Who is Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy for?

Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy aims to help those suffering with mild to moderate depression. See your GP if you are uncertain about the severity of your symptoms.

Number of Sessions

Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy is time-limited and takes place over the course of 16 weekly sessions.


The fee for DIT is £100 per 50 minutes session.

Please contact me if you are interested in pursuing Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy or would like to know more this type of treatment.