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Malda Castillo, J. Valavanis, S. Perez Algorta, G. (2020). Short term psychodynamic psychotherapy (STPP) for clients with complex and enduring difficulties within NHS mental health services: a case series. Psychoanal. Psychother., 34(1):18-36.

(2020). Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, 34(1):18-36

Short term psychodynamic psychotherapy (STPP) for clients with complex and enduring difficulties within NHS mental health services: a case series

Javier Malda Castillo, Sophie Valavanis and Guillermo Perez Algorta


Short Term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (STPP) has been demonstrated as an effective treatment for several mental health difficulties. However, its implementation in secondary mental health services in the National Health Service (NHS) is scarce. The aim of this study was to bridge the gap between controlled trials and practice-based evidence, by exploring an initial estimate of the therapeutic effects of this intervention as well as its safety in a secondary care NHS community mental health setting. Method: The study followed a quantitative case series design. Eight clients with complex, enduring mental health difficulties, supported by a community secondary mental health service received a course of STPP. They completed outcome measures at the start, at the end and eight-weeks following completion of therapy. Results: All participants but one completed the therapy and attendance rates were high (>75%). No adverse effects were reported. All participants but two reported improvement in the CORE-OM, BSI and the PHQ-9 and these were maintained at follow-up. Conclusions: The results suggested that STPP was a safe and acceptable intervention, that may have contributed to clinical and reliable improvement for 4 participants, non-reliable improvement for 2 and non-reliable deterioration for one participant who finished the treatment.

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