Brief Therapy for Depression

Brief Therapy for Depression

Depression is a common mental disorder. Globally, more than 264 million people of all ages suffer from depression.
Depression is a leading cause of disability worldwide and is a major contributor to the overall global burden of disease.
More women are affected by depression than men.
Depression can lead to suicide.
There are effective psychological and pharmacological treatments for moderate and severe depression

Source: WHO

Depression is not simply feeling sad or having a bad day. It is a debilitating condition that makes the person feel low for a longer period of time, often coming back over and over again.

Sadness, tiredness, despair, low-mood, anger, anxiety, hopelessness and self-loathing are all but a few of the symptoms that a depressed person has to struggle with, often on a daily basis.

Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT) - Brief therapy for depression

Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT) is a type of brief psychodynamic psychotherapy that has been specially developed for the treatment of depression. The therapy aims to help the person understand and work through feelings, thoughts and relationship patterns that contribute to depression. DIT is currently being rolled out nationally in the NHS as a modality for the treatment of mild to moderate depression and anxiety.


DIT focuses on how the person sees and experiences themselves and others, the way this makes them feel and how the person tries to deal with it all in day-to-day life. By concentrating on relationships and feelings, Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy provides the person with the opportunity to step back and think about unhealthy patterns, distortions of thinking and difficult feelings that are linked to depression, helping to promote development and change.


DIT has two principal aims:

  • To help the person understand the link between the depressive symptoms and what is happening in their relationships by identifying a fundamental, unconscious recurring pattern of relating to others, which becomes the focus of the therapy.
  • To encourage the person’s ability to think about their own states of mind and so improve their capacity to manage difficulties in their day-to-day relationships.

Who is Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy for?

DIT is indicated to those struggling with mild to moderate depression. There are online tools that can help in identifying the severity of the depression. However, a consultation with the GP is always advisable if you are uncertain about your condition.

Number of Sessions

DIT is time-limited and happens over the course of 16 sessions.


The fee for DIT is £85 per session (50 minutes).

If you are interested in pursuing this modality of treatment, please contact me and mention that you are seeking Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT).

About Depression

Depression affects people in different ways. Whilst some are capable of carrying on with their work, activities and relationships (albeit making everything harder to do and seeming less worthwhile), others can be so debilitated and withdrawn that even something like getting out of bed becomes a struggle. There is also an element of risk involved in more severe cases, where the person’s safety must be observed and carefully considered.

On a bad day it feels like a black thick cloud comes upon my head. Everything then becomes darker, more frustratingpointless.

It is a general consensus amongst the professionals that the best approach to treat depression is the combination between medication and talking therapy. Whilst the medication will target the chemical imbalance, counselling or psychotherapy will help the person work through the emotions and thoughts, as well as encourage thinking about what may be contributing to the depression. Whilst medication will help regulate mood and feelings, psychotherapy will help to bring about long lasting changes to those suffering with depression and anxiety.