Ferruccio Osimo developed the Intensive Experiential-Dynamic Psychotherapy (IEDP) model on the basis of a clinical study carried out at the Tavistock Clinic, London on the quality of results obtainable by Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (Malan and Osimo, 1992). IE-DP has a unique emphasis on explicit exploration of the therapeutic relationship as a basis on which therapeutic techniques can build. The encounter of two people creates a unique interpersonal current, flowing in largely unconscious and mysterious ways. This represents a fundamental part of the actual relationship as well as of the transformational process, and learning how to tune in to these very personal aspects of the therapist-patient relationship will significantly empower a therapist’s technical kit.
Three experiential-dynamic activities are central to the IE-DP model:
- Emotional Maieutics
- Defense Restructuring
- Anxiety Regulation
These activities are theoretically and operationally described in Experiential Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy, a Manual (2003). In particular, Osimo introduces the “character hologram” (Osimo, 2009) a comprehensive approach to character pathology, capable of activating unconscious emotion, and maieutic interventions , paving the way to the good-enough experience and expression of deep feeling (Maya = midwife in Ancient Greek). Working with this model, each therapist will find a harmonious interplay between real relationship developing with each patient and using techniques according to the Triangle of Experiential-Dynamic Activities (Osimo, 2001).
Ferruccio Osimo, MD can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org.