Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP)

DDP is attachment focused therapy. DDP is a form of psychotherapy which was originally developed as an intervention for children who had experienced emotional trauma as a result of chronic early maltreatment within the caregiving relationship. The primary goal of DDP is to support these children in developing the ability to maintain attachment-based relationships with parents and caregivers.

  • Attachment difficulties
  • Emotion disorders i.e. Challenging behaviours
  • Developmental trauma
  • Relationship therapy

DDP holds the parent-child relationship in high regard and uses this “dyad” as the platform for healing. During treatment, parents are taught a specialized, trauma-informed parenting approach while children learn emotional regulation and interpersonal relationship skills. DDP addresses both of these processes simultaneously in order to facilitate a trusting and secure relationship between parent and child.

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