What is Dyadic developmental psychotherapy (DDP)?

What is Dyadic developmental psychotherapy (DDP)? Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) is a form of therapy that focuses on attachment issues and complex trauma in children and adults. It was developed by Dr. Daniel A. Hughes, a clinical psychologist, and draws on principles from attachment theory, neuroscience, and developmental psychology. DDP places a strong emphasis on the therapeutic relationship between the therapist and the client, with the goal of developing a secure attachment bond. The therapist uses a range of techniques such as play, movement, and storytelling to engage with the client and help them feel safe and secure. The therapy also involves the client’s caregivers or family members, who are invited to participate in sessions to support the client’s healing process. The therapist works with both the client and the caregiver to understand the impact of early life experiences on the client’s current behaviors and to develop strategies for repairing and strengthening the attachment bond. DDP has been found to be effective in treating a range of issues, including trauma, attachment difficulties, anxiety, and depression. It is typically conducted over a period of several months to several years, depending on the needs of the client.

Shervan K Shahhian

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