Davanloo’s Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy

A Cross-Theoretical Analysis of Change Mechanisms
  • Leigh McCullough
Part of the The Springer Series in Social / Clinical Psychology book series (SSSC)


Short-term dynamic psychotherapy, or STDP (Davanloo, 1978, 1980), is an intensive form of psychoanalytically based therapy that appears to provide a powerful treatment package for effecting change in severe, long-standing maladaptive behavior. The innovative quality of Davanloo’s approach, however, seems to warrant careful study from a broader and more integrative theoretical perspective than psycho-dynamic theory alone, for STDP appears to incorporate cognitive behavioral maneuvers and principles of learning woven into the fabric of the treatment. Of course, this was not Davanloo’s intent, but in his quest for effective techniques (examining his own videotapes over a 20-year period) he appears to have isolated certain mechanisms that bear resemblance to operant, respondent, and cognitive techniques.


Irrational Belief Defensive Behavior Maladaptive Behavior Direct Feedback Corrective Experience 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Leigh McCullough
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  1. 1.Department of Psychology in PsychiatryUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA

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