Katie Aafjes-van Doorn
Katie Aafjes-van Doorn is a clinical psychologist and psychotherapy researcher. She received a MSc in Clinical Psychology from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, as well as an MSc in psychological research and a doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Oxford, UK. She has worked clinically in various settings within the UK National Health Service and at a psychoanalytic community clinic in San Francisco. She moved to New York in 2016 for a one-year postdoctoral research fellowship at Adelphi University. She has co-authored an introductory book on clinical psychology, chapters on process-outcome research and research in clinical psychology and has written several peer-reviewed empirical and review papers on the role of in-session affect experiencing and attunement in psychotherapy, psychodynamic and psychoanalytic treatments.
Katie is now an Assistant Professor at the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University, New York, where she teaches courses on evidence-based psychodynamic psychotherapy, interpersonal psychodynamic psychotherapy and research design to doctoral students in clinical psychology. Her research interest is in psychodynamic psychotherapy and its potential moderators and mediators of change. In order to operationalize (non)verbal psychodynamic processes, students in her research lab learn about several observational coding systems of unconscious processes and therapist techniques. This facilitates data collection for potential research projects and most importantly also aids clinical skills.
Allan Abbass is a Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology and founding director of the Centre for Emotions and Health at Dalhousie University in Canada.
He completed Medicine at Dalhousie University and a residency in family medicine and has worked as a family physician and emergency physician. He completed a psychiatry residency dedicating his career to teaching and researching in the impact of emotions on health.
Over the past 20 years he has become a leading teacher and researcher in the area of short-term dynamic psychotherapy, having provided over 300 invited presentations and 230 publications including his first two books Reaching Through Resistance: Advanced Psychotherapy Techniques and Hidden from View: Clinician’s Guide to Psychophysiologic Disorders. He has been both a lead and co-investigator of research into Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy for treatment-resistant depression, personality disorders and somatic symptom disorders. He has received a number of awards including a national teaching award in psychiatry and the Douglas Utting Prize for contributions to the treatment of depression. In 2018 he was named the David Malan visiting Professor of Psychotherapy at the Tavistock Clinic in London.
Ronald Albucher is the former Director of Counseling and Psychological Services at Vaden Health Center, Stanford University. His undergraduate training was at University of Pennsylvania and he attended University of Michigan for medical school and residency. Dr. Albucher subsequently joined the faculty at the University of Michigan Medical School’s Department of Psychiatry, where he specialized in anxiety disorders and the mental health treatment of university residents and medical students. Ron joined Stanford University in September 2008, when he became Director of Counseling and Psychological Services, and a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry in the Medical School’s Department of Psychiatry. He has presented at a variety of conferences, published two board review books, and has published scientific research in peer-reviewed journals. He continues to serve on the review boards of several journals and publications and recently finished a multisite research project using online counselors to connect to students at risk for suicide to treatment services.
He began core training in ISTDP with Patricia Coughlin, is currently in teacher training with her; he also receives supervision with Allan Abbass. He has a private practice in San Francisco and works part time at the Stanford University Student Mental Health program where he provides both ISTDP and medication management for students.
Michael C. Alpert
Michael Alpert has been devoted to making psychotherapy briefer and more effective throughout his 40-year psychiatric career. He integrates dynamic, cognitive, experiential, empathic, sensory and meditative techniques to help people solve their own problems and make their lives more satisfying. Combining these elements led first to the development of Accelerated Empathic Therapy, followed by Sensation Therapy and then to the creation of Self-Connection Psychotherapy. He will demonstrate SCP with volunteers attending his workshop as well as at a pre-conference workshop.
Leone Baruh is a psychologist and psychotherapist. He is vice president of the IEDTA, chair of the IEDTA Education Committee, director of the SPAI Master in Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (www.spaigroup.net), and founder and CEO of SPID-B (Sviluppo Psicoterapie Intensive Dinamiche Brevi). Leone has been in private practice since 1993, and has devoted the last 20 years of his career to spreading, promoting and teaching Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapies. Recently he has been developing and testing new STDP models for families, couples, adolescents and athletes.
In 2016 he started presenting and teaching the Intergenerational Family Therapy (TIF) in North America and Europe. TIF integrates different models of psychotherapy and incorporates aspects of ISTDP technique, including inquiry, pressure, clarification, challenge and head-on collision. In 2020 he will start an international core training on ISTDP applied to couples and family therapy.
Sara Basso is a psychologist and psychotherapist who completed her IEDTA-certified core training with Leone Baruh in 2017. She works with children, adolescents and young adults at Centro MasterMind, a private clinical center of psychologists and psychotherapists in Italy. She also provides psychoeducational training to parents, teachers and other specialists.
With the Department of Developmental Psychology and Socialization of Padua University, she has taken part in several clinical and scientific research projects on child diagnostic evaluations and on families bereaved by traumatic deaths. She has published articles, posters and book chapters on these subjects.
She has been a second-level University Master Tutor in “Parenting and Child Development” at the Padua University, and she has provided clinical evaluations and psychological support to children and adolescents at the Padua University and the Padua Hospital.
She is a specialist in developmental disorders, anxiety and mood disorders, trauma and complicated grief. In collaboration with colleagues, she has been exploring the integration of ISTDP with other psychotherapeutic models used in child therapy.
Monica Bertinussen is a clinical psychologist specializing in child and adolescent development. In addition to her work as an individual therapist with adults in private practice, she provides individual and family therapy to adolescents and their families at an outpatient mental health clinic in Stavanger, Norway. She has completed a core training in ISTDP with Patricia Coughlin and is currently engaged in teacher/supervisor training with Dr. Coughlin.
Recently Monica Bertinussen has started to teach and supervise in the application of ISTDP to diverse populations. She was also recently chosen to be the leader for the Nordic Mental Health Conference 2020, the largest annual integrative psychiatry conference in Scandinavia.
Thomas M. Brod
Thomas Brod graduated from the University of California, Berkeley and received his medical degree from the University of Southern California. After serving in the Indian Health Service of the U.S. Public Health Service, he was selected for the National Institute of Mental Health Career Development Program, and was sponsored by NIMH during his psychiatry residency and fellowship at UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute.
Trained in classical and contemporary psychoanalytic models, Dr. Brod is a graduate of the Los Angeles Psychoanalytic Institute. He trained in ISTDP, first with Robert Neborsky and then with Habib Davanloo. He is also an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA. He is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, Senior Fellow of the Biofeedback Certifying Institute of America, and maintains professional memberships in national and local societies for medicine, psychiatry, psychoanalysis, hypnosis, biofeedback and neurofeedback. An IEDTA-certified teacher/supervisor, he is on the faculty of the ISTDP Institute and has taught ISTDP on four continents. Dr. Brod teaches technique and also coordinates a Film & Mind series at the New Center for Psychoanalysis (Los Angeles); he is a certified yoga instructor and volunteers at his local YMCA.
Stephen Buller has had a lead role in the development and delivery of psychotherapy in the UK for more than forty years. Working for most of that time in the NHS, Steve was Service Lead and Senior Specialist in psychotherapy services across the county of Derbyshire, UK. He is now Director and Lead Consultant at Cathexis Psychotherapy, a social enterprise for the delivery of evidence-based practice, education and training in evidence-based psychotherapy. Additionally, Dr Buller is Chair and Senior Consultant for the Psychotherapy Foundation, an organization working to promote, support and develop the use of safe and effective evidence-based psychotherapy.
Steve has extensive training and experience across a range of psychotherapeutic models, working with individuals, families, and groups in a variety of settings.
His work is predominantly based in psychoanalytic and psychodynamic models, and for more than thirty years he has had a significant commitment to development, training, supervision, and research in STDP largely influenced by ISTDP.
As a registered mental health professional and a registered psychotherapist, Steve has occupied key roles in professional organizations at a local and national level, with particular expertise in professional ethics and a special interest in the ethics of effectiveness.
Diane Byster is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, National Certified Counselor and Registered Yoga Teacher. She currently co-facilitates a three-year ISTDP core training Program in Canada and supervises therapists in the U.S. and Canada. She maintains a private practice in Northern California and teaches yoga at yoga studios in the Bay Area and at corporations.
Diane has developed a method of integrating the philosophy and specific practices of yoga into experiential dynamic psychotherapy for to teach clients self-regulation skills and amplify the therapeutic alliance. She has presented her work on Yoga Informed Experiential Psychotherapy at an IEDTA-cosponsored conference in Birmingham, UK, in 2017.
Lindsay Chipman received her M.A. from Concordia University in Creative Arts Therapies and is a Licensed Psychotherapist with the Ordre des Psychologues du Québec. She completed her clinical specialization in ISTDP at the Washington School of Psychiatry with Jon Frederickson and continues to train in the field with advanced clinical skills and teacher-training programs in ISTDP. She has been a clinical consultant and intervention coordinator in the non-profit public sector over the past twelve years at institutions such as Cedars CanSupport at the MUHC and the Lester B. Pearson School Board, working to develop and deliver experiential-based psychotherapy interventions to a broad range of populations.
Ms. Chipman holds a full-time independent private practice in Montreal specializing in the treatment of patients with treatment-resistant anxiety, depression, and medically unexplained physical symptoms.
David Chong is a clinical psychologist with 34 years of experience practicing in Melbourne, Australia. Originally from Brazil with Chinese parents, David has been involved in Intensive Short-term Dynamic psychotherapy for the last six years and is currently in teacher training with Patricia Coughlin.
David is also trained in psychoanalysis, psychodrama and Morita Therapy. He is the founder and Clinical Director of CAPA, a Portuguese-speaking counselling service in Melbourne. For his work with CAPA, David was awarded the Order of Australia Medal by the Australian Government. He has worked and clinically supervised in the areas of addictions, adult and child psychiatry, forensics, homelessness, torture and trauma and dual diagnosis. David has lectured in many countries including Japan, Cambodia, Hong Kong, and Brazil, where he is a current guest lecturer at the University of Brasilia.
David is a keen cook and is lead vocalist and composer in his Brazilian band Tatu Rei.
Kees L.M. Cornelissen
Kees Cornelissen is a trained and registered psychotherapist in the Netherlands in private practice and residential treatment. He was educated as a sociologist at the Free University in Amsterdam. He was trained in group analysis, client-centered therapy, and in Transactional Analysis among others, and became a teacher and supervisor in several psychotherapeutic modalities.
In 2005 he founded the only existing ISTDP residential program, and several day-treatment programs. Though educated in ISTDP by Habib Davanloo in Canada, he was trained in ISTDP in the Netherlands by Josette ten Have-de Labije and others. A former board member of the IEDTA, he is on the editorial board of the Ad Hoc Bulletin.
He is a co-trainer in several international ISTDP core training groups in Norway, England, Poland and the Netherlands. He has presented at many national and international conferences, has written articles on the application of ISTDP and a 2007 book on residential treatment with ISTDP. Before retiring, he worked at De Viersprong, a residential treatment center in the Netherlands, developing a center for ISTDP training, including for residential treatment.
He is now in private practice in Bergen op Zoom in the Netherlands. In 2018, he and Jose Verpoort started an ISTDP-based day program, “ISTDP-House,” for the treatment of personality disorders.
Patricia Coughlin is a clinical psychologist with 39 years of experience as a psychotherapist, teacher and supervisor.
For the past 30 years, she has specialized in Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy, having trained with its creator, Dr. Habib Davanloo. She has held faculty positions at Northwestern University School of Medicine, Albany Medical College, Thomas Jefferson School of Medicine and the University of New Mexico School of Medicine.
Her books include Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy: Theory and Technique, Lives Transformed (with Dr David Malan) and Maximizing Effectiveness in Dynamic Psychotherapy.
Dr. Coughlin lives and practices on the North Shore of Boston.
Jonathan Egan is the Deputy Director of the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology training program at the National University of Ireland, Galway. He works clinically as a Chartered Consultant Clinical and Health Psychologist within the Chronic Pain Services in Ireland. He has held senior roles as the Lead Specialist Clinical Psychologist in the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin, and as a Director of Counseling for the National Counseling Service for Adult Victims of Institutional Abuse in Ireland. He qualified initially in clinical psychology at University College Dublin and has worked in Adult services for over 20 years.
He completed training under Una McCluskey (York) in Exploratory Goal Corrected Psychotherapy, and has continued to integrate attachment styles, adverse childhood events and defense styles into Affect Phobia Therapy, studying defensive maneuvers within both community and clinical populations using statistical models. He is an apprentice to APT master therapist Kristin Osborn at the Stockholm core training. His research interests include how both professional and lay carers can enter into a defensive care-giving stance when their unconscious motivations are not monitored and examined moment-to-moment and how this ultimately can lead to burnout and parallel processes being acted out in the therapy office.
Ruth Derdikman Eiron
Ruth Derdikman Eiron, a licensed clinical psychologist, licensed supervisor in clinical psychology and certified EDT therapist, completed core training with Dr. Ferruccio Osimo.
She has extensive experience working with children and families, having worked as an educational psychologist in kindergartens and schools, practiced psychotherapy in an inpatient child ward in a psychiatric hospital and working for many years in outpatient public and private clinics. Her masters thesis dealt with conflict management and antecedents of social competence at the age of two years (Bar-Ilan University, Israel, supervised by Prof. Ruth Feldman), and her dissertation explored symptoms of anxiety and depression and psychosocial function in males and females longitudinally from adolescence to adulthood (Norwegian University of Science and Technology [NTNU], Trondheim, Norway, under the supervision of Prof. Marit S. Indredavik and Prof. Odin Hjemdal).
Currently, she is a director and chief psychologist of a public mental health clinic in Haifa, Israel. Ruth practices psychotherapy with children, adolescents and their families, as well as with adults, and teaches EDT in various public and private health facilities.
Jonathan Entis is a US psychologist practicing in the Boston area and currently completing his second year of core training in ISTDP with Patricia Coughlin.
He is the Associate Director of Psych Garden, a mental health clinic in Belmont that caters to both general psychiatry and addictions. He is also on the clinical faculty of Harvard Medical School and Cambridge Hospital, where he teaches ISTDP and supervises psychology residents. He completed his doctoral residency at Harvard Medical School, his PhD at Northeastern University, a Masters at NYU and Boston College, and his undergraduate degree at University of Michigan.
He is currently working on a book on the process of working through and transformational change. In addition to clinical work and teaching, he loves to spend time with his wife and two daughters, travel, and cook.
Jon Frederickson is on the faculty of the Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) Training Program at the Washington School of Psychiatry in Washington, DC. He is also on the faculty of the Laboratorium Psykoeducaji in Warsaw and teaches at the Ersta Skondal Hogskole in Stockholm.
Jon has provided ISTDP training in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Poland, India, Australia, Canada and the U.S. He is the author of over fifty published papers and three books, Co-Creating Change: Effective Dynamic Therapy Techniques, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: Learning to Listen from Multiple Perspectives and The Lies We Tell Ourselves. Co-Creating Change won the first prize in psychiatry in 2014 at the British Medical Association Book Awards, and it has been published in Farsi and Polish. The Lies We Tell Ourselves has been published in Polish, Farsi, and Danish.
He has DVDs of actual sessions with patients who previously failed in therapy at his websites www.istdpinstitute.com and www.deliberatepracticeinpsychotherapy.com There you will also find skill-building exercises designed for therapists. He writes posts on ISTDP at www.facebook.com/DynamicPsychotherapy.
Susan Hajkowski is Lead Specialist in Psychotherapy, Derbyshire Healthcare (NHS) Foundation Trust. She is a registered mental health professional and a registered psychodynamic/psychoanalytic psychotherapist (UKCP) with over twenty years’ experience working in the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK.
Having completed training in ISTDP as part of the first core training group in the UK, she has extensive training and experience in the delivery of ISTDP. Her clinical practice includes the development of specialist applications of ISTDP to severe and complex patient populations. Susan leads and undertakes outcome, process and effectiveness research in ISTDP, completing PhD research in ISTDP at the University of Leicester. She holds and has held Associate Tutor roles at the University of Derby and the University of Leicester.
An IEDTA-certified teacher/supervisor, she teaches, develops trainings and supervises ISTDP as part of IEDTA-certified core trainings and in NHS public sector settings. Susan has delivered numerous research and clinical presentations nationally and internationally and she holds and has held a number of national and international organisational roles. Susan is former President of the Society for Psychotherapy Research (SPR) UK Chapter and she is a current board member of the IEDTA.
Risha Henry graduated from Stanford University and received her doctorate in clinical psychology from UCLA. Her postdoctoral training has included a fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry at Stanford, a research position at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute, and ISTDP core training and advanced core training certification programs supervised by Dr. Josette ten Have-de Labije and Dr. Robert Neborsky. She has published clinical and research articles in peer reviewed journals and has presented her work internationally.
Most recently, she assisted Dr. ten Have-de Labije in an international core training group. She is an IEDTA-certified teacher/supervisor, and currently has a private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area. www.rishahenry.com
Vidar Maxmilian Sætre Husby
Vidar Husby is a Norwegian psychologist specializing in adult psychotherapy. He has a deep interest in psychotherapy and supervision, which has oriented him towards Deliberate Practice.
He is co-founder of and Head of Clinic at Favne Psychological Assistance, an outpatient clinic in Oslo. Here he and his team have cultivated an EDT environment and implemented Deliberate Practice in their daily work. He is an ISTDP therapist, with core training by Jon Frederickson, Allan Abbass, and Kees Cornelissen, and is currently in advanced supervision with Jon Frederickson.
He has worked at inpatient, outpatient, and child and adolescent mental health facilities. Vidar has presented his clinical work at the international ISTDP conference in Berlin in 2015, among other places. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Reiko Ikemoto-Joseph is a marriage and family therapist in private practice in Los Angeles, California. Ms. Joseph completed her three-year Core Training in AB-ISTDP with Robert Neborsky, MD, and Josette ten Have-de Labije, PsyD, after which she completed an additional 2 years of advanced training in D-ISTDP with John Rathauser, PhD.
Ms. Joseph has been interested in the application of ISTDP principles with diverse populations and treatment formats, including adolescents and couples. She has lectured and published on the topic of integrating ISTDP with couples work. Most recently, Ms. Joseph presented with John Rathauser on the healing power of guilt with self-defeating patients.
She is a member of the California Society for ISTDP and the West Coast ISTDP Consortium, a California-based interest group devoted to learning and advancing the practice of ISTDP. Prior to establishing her private practice, Ms. Joseph worked in a large, psychoanalytically-oriented community mental health clinic where she treated individuals and families presenting with a range of psychiatric, emotional and relational difficulties.
Robert Johansson is an associate professor of psychology at Stockholm University, and a researcher in computer science at Linköping University. He is also a certified therapist and teacher with a focus on ISTDP. Dr Johansson is the leading authority on Internet-delivered psychodynamic psychotherapy.
He and his colleagues have developed a model of affect-focused psychotherapy that enables it to be delivered as guided self-help through the Internet. The effectiveness of the model has been proven in several clinical trials. He has also conducted research on the effects, cost-effectiveness and working mechanisms of Davanloo’s ISTDP.
Currently, he is working in the field of artificial intelligence, where he studies clinically relevant psychological processes in machines.
Allen Kalpin is a medical doctor practicing psychotherapy and providing psychotherapy supervision in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada. After being in general medical practice for many years he had six years of training and supervision in ISTDP with Habib Davanloo, MD.
In addition to his psychotherapy work, he also practices addiction medicine in Toronto.He is past president of the General Practice Psychotherapy Association (GPPA) of Canada, a founder, board member and past president of IEDTA, and founder and moderator of the IEDTA’s EDT-List email discussion group. He currently is co-chair of the IEDTA Conference Program Committee.
Dr. Kalpin does EDT teaching and supervision internationally and has published many articles on EDT. Email: email@example.com
Robin L. Kay
Robin Kay is a clinical psychologist who has utilized a short-term empirically validated model of psychotherapy to successfully treat a wide variety of patients. Dr. Kay began teaching in UCLA’s Department of Psychiatry in 2004 and remains active on the UCLA School of Medicine clinical faculty. In 2009, she became the Director of the Attachment-Based ISTDP and Accelerated Psychotherapy Clinic where she lectures and provides clinical training to upper level psychiatry residents. She is actively involved in delivering high-quality medical education and has been the recipient of awards for her “Outstanding Clinical Faculty Teaching.”
Dr. Kay is a founding member and Vice President of the California Society for ISTDP. She supervises an IEDTA-certified core training program in ISTDP and is an IEDTA-certified teacher/supervisor. Dr. Kay is a published author and has presented her clinical work nationally and internationally. Using the ISTDP model, attachment theory and brain science research to guide her approach, Dr. Kay focuses on utilizing efficient clinical interventions to safely reach core affect and unlock the unconscious memory system in order to resolve trauma and efficaciously ameliorate her patients’ psychiatric symptoms. More information about Dr. Kay can be found at www.DrRobinKay.com.
Nat Kuhn has been studying, practicing, teaching, and writing about Experiential Dynamic Therapy since 1996, when he began a decade-long association with the late Leigh McCullough.
As Assistant Director of her Psychotherapy Research Program at Harvard’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, he was instrumental in the development and validation of the Achievement of Therapeutic Objectives Scale (ATOS), and co-authored her “Treating Affect Phobia: A Manual for Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy” (2003). Since 2008, he has been practicing ISTDP. His 2014 book, “Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy: A Reference” has been hailed as “indispensable.” He has served as the IEDTA’s president since 2018. In addition to his private practice in Belmont, Massachusetts, he teaches and supervises ISTDP both locally and internationally. A Lecturer (Part-Time) in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, he teaches short-term dynamic psychotherapy to psychiatry residents there.
Prior to his career as a psychiatrist, he was a mathematician.
Kristy Lamb is the co-founder and CEO of BOLD Health, an outpatient treatment facility for mental health and addiction in Encinitas, California. She is well-versed in psychopharmacology, but has also pursued extensive training in intensive short term dynamic psychotherapy with a belief that for many, psychotherapy is an integral part of personal transformation and healing.
Dr. Lamb obtained a BS in Neuroscience from Vanderbilt University and then obtained a master of humanities focused on philosophy and social theory from the University of Colorado before attending medical school at Georgetown University. She then completed combined residency training in both family medicine and psychiatry at UC San Diego. She concurrently completed a fellowship in community and public psychiatry at UC San Diego and a fellowship in psychodynamic psychotherapy at the San Diego Psychoanalytic Center.
It was during residency that Dr. Lamb was first exposed to ISTDP and sought regular weekly supervision with Kai MacDonald and studied with Allan Abbass. She subsequently completed core training with Patricia Coughlin and has received supervision from Tony Rousmaniere with a focus on deliberate practice. Dr. Lamb is now working with Jon Frederickson for supervision of a growing clinic based in the practices of ISTDP. She and her staff are in core training with Jon and receive weekly group supervision from him as well.
Sharon Lewis is a chartered clinical psychologist in private practice in London, UK. She is an IEDTA-certified teacher/supervisor. Dr Lewis has a particular interest in working with clients with anxiety difficulties and treatment-resistant depression, as well as those diagnosed with physical health conditions such as auto-immune disorders.
Her therapeutic approach is based on the attachment-based model of Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy and she has trained extensively with Robert J. Neborsky, MD. www.drsharonlewis.com
Henry Luiker is a clinical psychologist with an interest in both individual and group psychodynamics. He completed IEDTA-certified core training in ISTDP with Dr. Steve Arthey, in Melbourne. Outside of his clinical practice with individuals and families, his current interest is religious, primitive and magical thinking in ostensibly secular, modern and scientific fields, such as medicine and psychotherapy. He was a member of faculty at Dr. Davanloo’s 2014 Montreal symposium.
At the 2016 Montreal symposium, he gave an invited paper on the group enactment of transference neurosis, illustrated with examples, from the 2015 Montreal symposium, of magical thinking, intolerance of critical thought, ritual humiliations, and so forth, which characterise these group processes. This year, in the journal Group Analysis, he published a general discussion of the tension between magic and science in the helping professions, drawing examples from coronary surgery, contemporary psychoanalysis and group-analysis. He suggests that not only do practitioners meet the public demand for magical enactments at least half-way, professional groups may perceive this whole line of inquiry as a most unwelcome strike against our self-interests.
Jeffrey J. Magnavita
Jeffrey Magnavita is a leading psychologist, psychotherapist, and theorist, in clinical practice for over 30 years. Dr. Magnavita is an influential leader and contributor to advancing psychotherapy and clinical science. His scholarly activity and contributions have spanned such diverse areas as psychotherapeutics, personality theory, unified psychotherapy, technology-based approaches, and clinical decision-making. Jeffrey has made significant contributions and innovations through the publication of highly regarded books, numerous high impact journal articles, and APA psychotherapy videos, while serving in varied leadership roles. He served as President of the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy in 2010. He was a member of the APA Clinical Treatment Guidelines Advisory Committee and is a member of the new APA Transdiagnostic Change Task Force. He is Chair of the Practice Advocacy Committee for the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration (SEPI). Jeffrey is founder and CEO of Strategic Psychotherapeutics®, LLC whose mission is to provide the resources to make psychotherapists better and improve their outcomes. His latest edited volume with APA, Using Technology in Mental Health Practice was published in 2018 and presents an overview of various technological advances and their application to clinical practice.
Filip Myhre is chairman and teacher of the specialist education of psychologists in the Norwegian Institute for ISTDP. He works as a clinician, supervisor, professional developer and lecturer. He has worked in outpatient clinics, inpatient care and private practice with patients across the spectrum of psychological challenges. Filip also heads the Norwegian Clinic for ISTDP in parallel with teaching and professional development at other locations.
He received his basic training in ISTDP from Dr. Allan Abbass, Jon Fredrickson and Kees Cornelissen, and has himself led about 100 candidates through core training and advanced training in ISTDP.
Robert J. Neborsky
Robert Neborsky is a psychiatrist in private practice in Del Mar, California, and a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCSD School of Medicine as well as UCLA School of Medicine (Hon). He was a founding member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy. He served as guest editor of the Ad Hoc Bulletin of Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy. In 2003, Dr. Neborsky was honored by the UCLA School of Medicine as the Distinguished Psychiatric Lecturer of the year for 2002.
He co-authored Short-Term Therapy for Long Term Change (Norton, 2001) and is a contributing author in Healing Trauma (Norton, 2003). In 2011 along with Josette ten Have-de Labije he authored Roadmap to the Unconscious: Mastering Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (Karnac Books; translated and published in Polish in 2017) In 2013 he published “Predicting Attachment Status from Observation of a Clinical Intensive Psychotherapy Interview.” The Second edition of The Collected Writings of Robert J. Neborsky was published by Itasca Books (2018).
Dr. Neborsky’s professional activities include training students in the techniques of his unique Attachment-Based variety of Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP), and presenting at local, national and international symposia.
Ann Nesbit completed her core training in Habib Davanloo’s ISTDP with John Rathauser, PhD in 2018, and has been supervised by Marvin Skorman, MD and currently Allan Abbass, MD. Prior to her discovery of ISTDP through conferences with Jon Frederickson, MSW, she was a Winnicottian psychotherapist for 38 years.
Directly relevant to her presentation, Dr. Nesbit has studied: coding the AAI with Mary Main, PhD and the Erik Hesse, PhD; affective neuroscience with Allan Schore, PhD; D.W. Winnicott with Christopher Bollas, PhD; Sensorimotor Trauma Training with Pat Ogden, PhD; and psychoanalytic metapsychology with Hedda Bolgar, PhD and at a psychoanalytic institute. She holds certificates in Object Relations from the Washington School of Psychiatry, Human Sexuality and Group Psychotherapy.
Dr. Nesbit has taught at numerous universities, including UCLA and USC; been a keynote speaker and presented papers at national and international conferences on the psychobiology of affect, the neuroscience of Borderline Personality Disorders, projective identification, dissociation and substance abuse; and other topics such as psychodynamic theory and technique, transference, countertransference and the power of affect in group psychotherapy. In 2004 she published an article entitled “The Psychoneurobiological Dialectics of the Clinical Moment.”
Dion Nowoweiski is a clinical psychologist working in full-time private practice in Melbourne, Australia. He began training in ISTDP under Dr. Allan Abbass in 2009 and was fortunate to go on and work with the team at the Centre for Emotions and Health in Halifax, Canada in 2012-2013. He has contributed to several ISTDP peer-reviewed publications and has become a highly respected practitioner and teacher of ISTDP. He is an IEDTA-certified teacher/supervisor and runs an IEDTA-certified core training program.
Prior to entering full-time private practice, he worked as a senior clinical psychologist in the gastroenterology unit at a major Melbourne metropolitan hospital where he provided gut-focused ISTDP treatment to people with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. He also worked as a senior clinical psychologist at a specialist eating disorders service at another major Melbourne metropolitan hospital where he specialized in treating eating disorders using ISTDP. Prior to that he worked as a senior clinical psychologist in a community-based mental health team. He has extensive experience using ISTDP to treat eating and body-image related problems, chronic health conditions, personality disorders, trauma and dissociative disorders.
Pål Olsen graduated from the University of Oslo in 2011 with a degree in clinical psychology. His main experience comes from the public sector, working with substance use disorders and mental health. He has also worked with perpetrators violence in close relationships, and in private practice. Pål recently started working full time at Favne Psykologbistand, a private clinic in Oslo. During the last five years he has finished core training in ISTDP with the Norwegian Institute for ISTDP and started advanced training with Dr. Patricia Coughlin. For the last two years Pål has held a position with the Norwegian Advisory Unit for Substance Use Disorders teaching the use and implementation of routine outcome measurements and patient feedback in treatment. Of his passions, he particularly values empowerment, emotional and relational freedom and continuously evolving as person and therapist.
Kristin A. R. Osborn
Kristin Osborn is an EDT/STDP clinician who specializes in Affect Phobia Therapy, which was developed by Harvard Medical School psychologist and researcher Dr. Leigh McCullough. She founded the Certified APT™-Training Program in 2009 and presents internationally, offering ongoing training in Boston and Stockholm. She has a faculty appointment in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and is Director of the Harvard Medical School Psychotherapy Research Program. She is president emeritus of the IEDTA and co-authored the book Paraverbal Communication in Psychotherapy: Beyond the Words (2016). Her passion is teaching clinicians how to integrate research in their clinical training and she has published extensively in this area. To learn more about Kristin Osborn, go to www.affectphobiatherapy.com and www.kristinosborn.com.
Averil Overton is a qualified clinical psychologist working in Christchurch, New Zealand. She has over twenty years of clinical experience, beginning in the public mental health services where she worked in a number of specialty areas including anxiety disorders, eating disorders and the psychiatric consult-liaison service at the general public hospital. Since then, she has spent many years in private practice dealing with a wide range of patients from all walks of life.
She has trained in CBT, schema therapy, compassion-focused therapy, and ISTDP, and has read widely and is interested in a number of experiential and dynamic therapy models. She specializes in treating trauma, including relationship trauma. In the past few years, she has worked extensively the with New Zealand Police as a provider of trauma therapy. Since the Christchurch mosque attacks, she has served on a task force developing policy around staff welfare for the future.
She has published a book on stress for a lay audience with Random House and written several scholarly papers. At University, she was awarded two prestigious scholarships and an award for the top student in psychology at the end of her undergraduate degree.
Elisabet Rosén is a licensed psychologist and psychotherapist who supervises and teaches psychotherapy. She also has a diploma as a dance and movement therapist.
She has completed a three-year IEDTA-certified core training in APT with Kristin Osborn. In AEDP, she completed Immersion and Essential Skills I. She has training in Deliberate Practice with Tony Rousmaniere, Daryl Chow and Scott Miller.
She has worked as a dancer, choreographer, and dance and movement therapist. As a psychologist, she worked initially at a private outpatient clinic, and then as a forensic clinical psychologist at a high-security prison for sexual offenders, Her current practice includes private clients, as well as consulting in the forensic field and for the University of Umeå, Sweden.
Luca Rossi is a psychologist, psychotherapist, IEDTA-certified teacher/supervisor, and founder and vice-president of Centro-Mastermind, a clinical center of psychologists and psychotherapists in Castelfranco Veneto, Italy. He works with adults in his private office in Padua and at Centro-Mastermind.
Luca has dedicated his professional career to studying, teaching and promoting short-term dynamic psychotherapies. He is coordinator, tutor and co-teacher in Leone Baruh’s Italian core training in Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP). He is also involved in clinical and scientific research with the University of Padua’s Department of Development and Social Psychology, publishing articles and posters.
He is a founding member of SPID-B Srl (Sviluppo Psicoterapie Intensive Dinamiche Brevi), a company that provide brief psychotherapy services all over Italy, specialized in intensive short-term therapy for professionals and athletes. He is a counselor and member of the board of directors of SPAI (Society of Analytical Integrated Psychotherapy), an association of psychotherapists that promotes integration of psychodynamic psychotherapy with other psychotherapeutic approaches. In collaboration with Centro-Mastermind colleagues, he is exploring opportunities to integrate ISTDP with other psychotherapeutic models used to treat children.
Tony Rousmaniere is on the clinical faculty of the University of Washington and has a private practice in Seattle. He runs the psychotherapy training website, www.dpfortherapists.com, and provides workshops, webinars, and advanced clinical training and supervision to clinicians around the world. He is the author/co-editor of four books on psychotherapy training: Deliberate Practice for Psychotherapists, The Cycle of Excellence: Using Deliberate Practice to Improve Supervision and Training, Mastering the Inner Skills of Psychotherapy: A Deliberate Practice Handbook, and Using Technology to Enhance Counseling Training and Supervision: A Practical Handbook. In 2017 he published the widely-cited article in The Atlantic Monthly, “What Your Therapist Doesn’t Know”.
Dr. Rousmaniere supports the open-data movement and publishes his aggregated clinical outcome data, in de-identified form, on his website, www.drtonyr.com. In 2018, he was awarded the Early Career Award by the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy (APA Division 29). He was previously Associate Director of Counseling and Director of Training at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Student Health and Counseling Association.
Dr. Rousmaniere’s research focuses on clinical training and supervision, including using Deliberate Practice to improve the effectiveness of clinical training and supervision, the use of technology in supervision, and empirical methods to assess the effectiveness of supervision. More about Dr. Rousmaniere can be found at www.drtonyr.com.
Steven S. Shapiro
Steven Shapiro is a clinical psychologist who maintains a full-time private practice in suburban Philadelphia and has over twenty-five years of clinical and teaching experience. He has been practicing various forms of Experiential Dynamic Therapy (EDT), since the mid-1990’s. These approaches include Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) and Accelerated Experiential Dynamic psychotherapy (AEDP). He is a Senior Faculty and founding member of the AEDP Institute in New York City.
Dr. Shapiro conducts lectures, workshops and ongoing training internationally. His presentations are often commended for translating complex clinical theory into clear, precise, and practical techniques which are easily understandable and readily applied immediately in clinical settings by therapists of all orientations.
For 16 years, Dr. Shapiro was the Director of Psychology and Education at Montgomery County Emergency Service (MCES), an emergency psychiatric hospital, where he worked with a range of severe disorders and those committed involuntarily to treatment. This intensive experience has helped inform his approach to transforming resistance with challenging patients who have a history of trauma, a high degree of resistance, or excessive anxiety and dysregulation.
Jenny S. Svebeck
Jenny Svebeck is a licensed psychotherapist, supervisor and teacher of psychotherapy. She completed a three-year IEDTA-certified core training in APT with Kristin Osborn.
Jenny has her own clinic providing psychotherapy and supervision. She is a part-time lecturer in psychotherapy at Stockholm University, and also a consultant supervisor and teacher in various psychotherapy education-programs in Sweden. Jenny is a therapist and researcher involved in affect phobia research.
Jenny started out working in environmental therapy with youth, and then worked as a therapist at South Central Hospital in Stockholm and at a youth center.
In addition to her clinical psychotherapy practice, she is a supervisor at many different treatment centers in Sweden.
Joel Town is the Clinical Director and Consultant Psychologist at Dynamic Health Psychological Services and Assistant Professor at the Centre for Emotions & Health, Dalhousie University, Canada. He has published widely on the efficacy of short-term psychodynamic therapies and therapeutic processes associated with change. Dr. Town provides introductory and advanced level core training, supervision and workshops in ISTDP. In his clinical practice, Dr. Town specializes in treating refractory populations, specifically post-traumatic stress disorder, somatic symptoms and depression.
Our keynote speaker, Dr. Edward Tronick, holds the title of Distinguished Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and is the Director of its Child Development Unit (CDU). At the CDU, he conducts research on the the social-emotional development of infants, the effects of stress on infants and mothers, including mothers with depression and anxiety disorders. He is a Research Associate in the Department of Newborn Medicine at Harvard Medical School; a co-founder and former faculty member of the Brazelton Touchpoints Center, a founding member of the Boston Process of Change Group, and chief faculty of the Infant-Parent Mental Health Fellowship program. In 1970, he worked with T. B. Brazelton on the Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale (NBAS); more recently, he collaborated with B. M. Lester on the NICU Network Neurobehavioral Exam. Dr. Tronick developed “The Still Face Paradigm,”which investigates the natural human process of connection between infant and parent, and shows the profoundly negative effects on the infant of parental non-responsiveness. One of the most replicated findings in developmental psychology, it is considered a cornerstone of attachment theory. The author of more than 200 scientific articles, Dr. Tronick has presented at US and international psychodynamic organizations and makes frequent expert appearances on national radio and television programs. He is recipient of numerous awards, and numerous grants from the NIH and NSF. His book, The Neurobehavioral and Social Emotional Development of Infants and Children, has been hailed as a “tour de force.”
Mark C. Vail
Mark Vail is a Montreal-based psychotherapist and certified practitioner of ISTDP specializing in the practice, teaching, and supervision of Experiential Dynamic Therapy.
A graduate of George Washington University’s doctoral program in clinical psychology he has trained at the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis, the New York Psychoanalytic Institute, and with various ISTDP practitioners. He is committed to making the theory and technique of Experiential Dynamic Therapy increasingly accessible to therapists of all theoretical orientations via the development of novel, experiential learning approaches that complement the experiential nature of the therapeutic approach itself.
Alexandre Vaz is a clinical psychologist, teacher and psychotherapy researcher at ISPA-University Institute in Lisbon, Portugal. He is director of the webinar series of the Society for Psychotherapy Research (SPR) and a member of SPR’s Communications Committee. He is a member of the Research and Membership Committees for the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration (SEPI), editor of SEPI’s “The Integrative Therapist” newsletter, and program assistant for SEPI’s International Conferences.
Dr. Vaz is founder and host of Psychotherapy Expert Talks, a series of online, in-depth interviews with distinguished clinicians and psychotherapy researchers, sponsored by the SEPI and SPR. He is co-author of a chapter in the upcoming third edition of the Handbook of Psychotherapy Integration, edited by John C. Norcross and Marvin Goldfried.
Kara Veigas is a licensed clinical social worker with over 25 years experience. Initially working in the rewarding field of gerontological social work, she later found a passion working with the underserved populations affected by HIV/AIDS in Los Angeles and in Washington, DC. She is now in private practice in Washington, DC. In 2006, she started training in Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP), an approach that she uses today with all of her clients. She applies ISTDP in her work with individuals, couples and groups. She is currently a faculty member at the Washington School of Psychiatry, supervising students in brief therapy. She has presented videotaped presentations of her work as an ISTDP therapist at the University of Maryland and at the Washington School of Psychiatry.
Kara is deeply appreciative to her teachers for their guidance via consultation, therapy, peer supervision and training programs, and she is honored to be a collaborator with her clients in their inspiring work.
José Verpoort is a psychiatrist in the Netherlands with over twenty years of clinical experience. After completing her education as a medical doctor, she became a psychiatrist and worked for a few years with severely disturbed psychiatric patients in Rotterdam. Since 2000, she has been practicing psychotherapy in a number of settings, including day-treatment, residential treatment, and individual outpatient treatment. She completed core training training with Josette ten Have-de Labije and Kees Cornelissen and is an IEDTA-certified teacher/supervisor. She has given a number of national and international presentations and has taught Dutch core-training groups.
Dr. Verpoort has a private practice in Bergen op Zoom, devoted to ISTDP therapy and supervision. In 2018, she and Kees Cornelissen started “ISTDP-House,” a center for day- and outpatient treatment of patients suffering from treatment-resistant cluster C personality disorders. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Susan Warren Warshow
Susan Warren Warshow is the founder of the Dynamic Emotion Focused Therapy (DEFT) Institute in Los Angeles, which produces a monthly training program, webinar series and special events. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Board Certified Diplomate, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, supervisor and consultant. She is a faculty member of the ISTDP Institute and a IEDTA-certified teacher/supervisor. She is under contract with Routledge for her new book, Master the Moment: A Therapist’s Handbook to Dissolve Shame and Defense, and she has published several articles in professional journals. She has a private practice in Woodland Hills, California, treating individuals and couples.
She has presented at conferences and workshops nationally and internationally, including the IEDTA, California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, the Brief Therapy Conference, the LA County Psychological Association and the National Association of Social Workers. She has been a guest lecturer at several California universities and professional schools. Formerly, she was a supervisor and Coordinator of Continuing Education at the Department of Psychiatry at Northridge Hospital. She produced over 100 public presentations on child abuse and neglect in L.A. County and was media director for L.A.’s first child abuse hotline.
Brandon C. Yarns
Brandon Yarns is Assistant Professor in the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences and Deputy Section Chief for Geriatric Mental Health at VA Greater Los Angeles (GLA) Healthcare System. He participated in the Los Angeles ISTDP core training group with John Rathauser, PhD, and David Wolff, MD, and has received individual supervision from Patricia Coughlin, PhD. Dr. Yarns is co-editor of the upcoming textbook Psychotherapy Later in Life and co-authored the book’s chapter, “Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy,” with Patricia Coughlin. Dr. Yarns has presented on ISTDP at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association and directs an ISTDP lecture series and clinic elective for senior UCLA-GLA psychiatry residents. Dr. Yarns is also conducting a federally-funded research study using an ISTDP-based group psychotherapy treatment developed by Mark Lumley, PhD, and Howard Schubiner, MD, for older veterans with chronic pain. Dr. Yarns completed a research fellowship and master’s degree in research at UCLA in 2017, a geriatric psychiatry fellowship at Yale University in 2016, and psychiatry residency at the University of New Mexico in 2015. He is the author of over two dozen peer-reviewed research papers, abstracts, reviews, educational media, and book chapters.