Klaskin Therapy

My Approach To Therapy

My training is extensive and varied and encompasses multiple clinical modalities from the theoretical fields of psychodynamic and psychoanalytic psychotherapy, family systems and clinical social work. Throughout my career as a therapist, I have frequently reflected on what helps people the most who are seeking psychotherapy. In 2009, I was introduced to a modality called Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy or "ISTDP." My interest in this modality was heightened by a few different factors: it is evidence based, there are long term studies showing that it alleviates symptoms in a shorter time frame than other traditional "talk therapies" and it has been shown to help patients that fall under a broad range of diagnostic categories. I was impressed by patients who were interviewed years after they had ISTDP therapy who described their results as long lasting. Since learning about ISTDP I have undergone intensive training to become more skilled with this therapeutic modality and have incorporated it into my practice with very positive results. I am thrilled to have found this way of working with patients, as it is profoundly effective. I will now briefly describe what ISTDP is and how it differs from other therapies.

While ISTDP has its roots in psychoanalytic theory and more specifically in attachment-based theory, the difference is that the ISTDP therapist is an active advocate of change rather than a neutral observer as in traditional analytic psychotherapy. A central belief is that it is not enough just to have insight into our feelings, but that the patient must have a direct experience of feelings in the therapy session.

The ISTDP therapist relies on techniques that encourage the patient to feel, challenges the patient to take responsibility for change and confronts the patientís dysfunctional defense mechanisms. There is a highly focused attention in the sessions to emotion and non-verbal communication. There is also a striving to uncover repressed feelings about losses, disappointments and early attachment figures that failed to provide constancy, validation or security. At the heart of this therapy, there is a powerful collaboration between the therapist and patient working toward health, growth, higher self regard and more satisfying relationships.

Melissa Klaskin, PhD, LCSW
Beverly Hills Therapy for children, adolescents, and adults
Phone: (310) 559-7315     Fax: (310) 271-1781
204 S. Beverly Drive Suite 107
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
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