Dyadic Development Psychotherapy (DDP)

Dyadic Development Psychotherapy (DDP) involves creating a safe setting in which the child can begin to explore, resolve, & integrate a wide range of memories, emotions & current experiences that are frightening, shameful, avoided or denied. The Therapist uses a range of techniques including non-verbal attunement, reflective dialogue, acceptance, curiosity & empathy, to enable the child to create a coherent life- story which is crucial for attachment security and is a strong protective factor.

DDP actively involves the parent or carer in the treatment with their child. This therapy encourages the child to rely on the parent or care provider, rather than themselves, for their attachment needs to be met. Through actively accepting the reasons why the child believes they are unlovable, the parent or care provider can offer the child the experience of empathy and attunement when they need it the most. When this happens, there is a reduction in their difficult behaviours, greater closeness and more openness to being parented and cared for.

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