Psychotherapy for depressed young people

What is it?

Short term psychoanalytic psychotherapy (STPP)


STPP is an evidence based therapy designed for young people between the ages of 14 and 25. It is a talking therapy designed to help young people with mild to severe depression who may also be experiencing a range of other symptoms, such as trauma, anxiety, self-harm and suicidal thoughts. It can take place face-to-face or online and is time-limited, which means, a set number of sessions are offered after a short assessment to explore the nature of their difficulty and whether STPP could be potentially useful (25 in total).


How does it work?

STPP works by helping the young person explore the difficulty to its root causes, looking to find solutions by addressing the underlying problems. This makes it more likely that symptoms such as self harm, anxiety or suicidal ideation will be reduced or eradicated and new troubling symptoms will not surface.



STPP although a time-limited “short” treatment is not as short as some because it seeks to make lasting change, rather than offer coping strategies or temporary solutions. 


Given this, it is an investment of time and money. However, an assessment is always offered to help the young person experience working “psychoanalytically” before any further work is agreed, and reduced fees will be available where appropriate.   


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