While gaining experience in mental health care and free practice, I, as a Psychiatrist, increasingly noticed that an approach focused on emotions – ISTDP and AFT – affect phobia therapy – often proved to give the fastest and most powerful effect. The most powerful effects I saw at the ISTDP. Videos of ISTDP treatments were shown (with permission). The power of the effects and impressive results seemed unprecedented for most therapists, especially with so few sessions. The popularity of this form of treatment therefore seems to grow visibly.
Clients indicated that they noticed a direct difference as in previous treatments with other forms of therapy. It was refreshing for them – some had been in therapy for years where complaints were often insufficiently remedied, returned, and were rarely even amplified.
There are obviously good therapies available, but it sometimes takes a long time and/or the effect seems inco
mplete. However, ISTDP believes that a fuller effect can be achieved on certain crucial points, and to be able to demonstrate this in the future through research.
We see that the ISTDP technique allows clients to work through difficult emotions in a short period of time, where some other treatments may be less thorough. There is the most profit there, the effect seems more complete and therefore more powerful. Anxiety and stress symptoms disappear, rather than that they still stand up and need to be ‘thought away’ (cured instead of. symptom control). Neurotic behavior decreases, people are no longer depressed but visibly cheerful, more easily engage in meaningful relationships, etcetera.
We regularly see a breakthrough at ISTDP after one or a few sessions. Clients suddenly feel something ‘physical’ flowing into their bodies where a huge relief is felt, and all fear disappears at that moment. There is a permanent burden of their shoulders in a short period of time. Memories and images appear at the same time, links to the past are made. These ‘felt’ links are often experienced as ‘however’ than their ‘psycho-analysis’ in other types of therapy. People become more powerful, happier, milder, more relaxed. The dismantling of anti-depressants is suddenly possible. Improve relationships with parents, partners and children. People are going to live more from their hearts. Sounds almost too good to be true, right?
I still find it most striking that it appears to work for so many types of complaints, including the complex and persistent complaints where many other therapy types do not always seem to be moving forward.