Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy

The practitioners on this list have qualified from an accredited Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT) course and are designated as BPC ‘kite marked’ DIT practitioners.

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BPC DIT practitioners meet the following criteria:

  • They have undertaken a course of study that includes knowledge about psychoanalytic developmental theory and the theory underpinning the rationale for psychodynamic interventions
  • They will have undertaken a minimum of one year of personal psychoanalytic/psychodynamic psychotherapy or counselling
  • They will have undertaken a minimum of 150 hours of supervised psychodynamic practice
  • They will be HPC, BACP, BPC or UKCP registered

Non-BPC registrants are not covered by our Ethical Code or Complaints Procedure but, those listed as HPC, BACP or UKCP members will be subject to the codes and procedures of their own organisation

What is their training?

DIT is a simple, short-term (16 sessions), semi-structured individual therapy protocol for mood disorder, and is easy to acquire. It is the psychodynamic therapy model offered at Step 3 within the IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) programme. NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) guidelines for depression state that brief psychodynamic therapy is one option that can be considered for depressed patients either when the patient has not responded to CBT interventions, or where the patient actively opts for a psychodynamic approach.

It is one of five therapies for depression recommended by the Department of Health. Those five therapies are:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)
  • Brief Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT)
  • Couple Therapy for Depression
  • Counselling for Depression

What is it?

DIT was developed out of the Psychoanalytic/dynamic Competences Framework (Lemma et al, 2008) that provided the basis for Skills for Health’s National Occupational Standards. It is drawn from those psychoanalytic/dynamic approaches with the strongest empirical evidence for efficacy based on the outcome of controlled trials.

We are the national accreditation body recognised by the Department of Health and IAPT for this treatment protocol. Currently we have accredited two national training providers: the Anna Freud Centre & the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust jointly, and WPF Therapy. For more information on future DIT training courses, visit the national DIT website.

Find a kite marked DIT practitioner

If you are interested in becoming a BPC-accredited national training provider for DIT, please contact us.

Helpful links

See the list of approved DIT supervisors on the Anna Freud Centre website

Official DIT webpage

DIT competences framework (UCL)


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