Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP)

Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) is a proven therapy focusing on healing attachment-related challenges in children and adolescents. DDP is based on the belief that secure attachments are crucial for healthy emotional and social development. It emphasizes the importance of strengthening the relationship between the child and their caregiver(s) to facilitate healing and growth.

DDP is a family-centred therapy involving the child and their caregiver(s). The therapist collaborates with the family to identify behaviour patterns that may impede the development of a secure attachment. The therapist then assists the caregiver(s) in becoming more responsive to the child's emotional needs and teaches them methods for responding to foster a sense of safety and security.

DDP usually comprises weekly or biweekly sessions and may span several months or longer. The primary aim of DDP is to create a sense of safety and security within the family, leading to progress in the child's emotional and social functioning.

Who can benefit from Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy?

  • Children who have been neglected and/or hurt by family in the past
  • Children who struggle with everyday, healthy parenting
  • Children who are afraid of parents/caregivers
  • Children who have difficulty in attachment and building relationships

What are the benefits of Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy for the child?

  • Improved emotion regulation and stress management abilities
  • Enhanced feelings of safety, security, and attachment with parents/caregivers
  • Reduced controlling behaviour
  • Improved interpersonal relationship skills
  • Enhanced understanding of emotional experiences

In a nutshell