Psychotherapy & Couples Therapy
Adolescent & Family Therapy
Trauma Treatment

Catherine Lockwood, MFT
...for a happier life and more fulfilling relationships

Brentwood, Los Angeles, CA 90049

(310) 488-5292

Psychotherapy, Couples Counseling, Brentwood, Los Angeles

FAQ’s about ISTDP




Frequently Asked Questions

What is ISTDP?

ISTDP is a form of one-on-one therapy that is unique in helping target and resolve both physical and emotional problems.

What problems can ISTDP help relieve and resolve?

Research has shown it to be a uniquely effective treatment for depression, anxiety, and a broad spectrum of emotional problems and self-defeating behaviors. It can also help with physical problems that your doctor has not been able to find an explanation for, including digestive problems, neck, shoulder and back pain, other types of body pain, dizziness, mental fogginess and difficulty with concentration. It helps with ailments that are worsened by stress, such as migraine or tension headaches, tension-myositis syndrome (TMS), chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and overactive bladder.

What can ISTDP do for me?

ISTDP is designed to help you become healthier in the shortest amount of time.  In fact, many ISTPD patients report feeling calmer, empowered, emotionally and physically lighter, more capable of handling the challenges of everyday life – and happier – often after the first session or the first few weeks of therapy.

Successful treatment usually results in a significant (or complete) reduction of symptoms, greater success in work and relationships, and the restoration of emotional vibrancy.  It is very efficient, and people often keep improving even after finishing therapy, so many people have found it well worth their time.

How Does ISTDP Work More Quickly?

ISTDP often succeeds where other therapies fail because it specifically targets and removes the barriers that interfere with progress in therapy – habits and defenses that patients are often unaware of, and that the therapist confronts head-on at the beginning of the therapy.

Also, ISTDP integrates the some of the most powerful aspects of:

  • Psychodynamic psychotherapy
  • Cognitive-Behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Mindfulness and the mind-body connection
  • Neuroscientific research

For these reasons, ISTDP is frequently used to treat people whose persistent symptoms have not resolved in the course of other therapies or with medication.

How Does ISTDP Feel Different from Other Therapies?

ISTDP is not your typical “talk therapy.” In this unique model, therapist and client work together in a structured, purposeful way.  The therapist plays a much more active role than in typical therapy. Initially, this may seem strange for people accustomed to using their therapy hour to discuss whatever they wish in an open-ended or free-flowing manner. But most people soon come to appreciate the power of this directed approach. With ISTDP, people typically know after only one – or at most two – sessions whether ISTDP is the right therapy for them. 

What Can I Expect When I Get into the Treatment Room?

Treatment usually begins with a detailed inquiry into the precise nature of your problem and your goals for therapy.

Once goals are set, you and your therapist work closely together to investigate your difficulties. While doing this, your therapist will help you learn to monitor your feelings and body sensations moment-by-moment, which will expose any habitual ways of functioning that may be holding you back.

The ultimate goal of ISTDP is to help you replace suffering and pain with healthy emotional regulation so you can achieve your full potential in all areas of life.

How Can I Fit ISTDP into My Busy Schedule?

Because of the complex nature of ISTDP treatment, we typically recommend 90-minute sessions instead of the traditional 50-minute therapy hour, although we can work within the 50-minute session length.  Some patients prefer two-hour sessions. An initial longer “Trial Session” can be very helpful to get off to a strong start.

Research Support for the Efficacy of ISTDP

A large and growing body of research supports the effectiveness of Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy, including research on significant medical cost-savings related to treating common or chronic medical problems with ISTDP.

In addition to the United States, ISTDP is becoming increasingly prominent in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Iran, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and other countries.

For more information on ISTDP, you can visit the following websites:

© 2014, “Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP),”  Catherine Lockwood Psychotherapy, Couples and Family Counseling Inc., and Reiko Ikemoto Joseph LMFT


To find out more or to make an appointment, 

Call: (310) 488-5292 



South Barrington Place, Brentwood Village, Los Angeles, CA 90049 Tel: (310) 488-5292 



Written by Catherine Lockwood

February 19th, 2017 at 12:16 am

Posted in Uncategorized