What is ISTDP

Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) is a unique form of psychodynamic treatment that facilitates the rapid resolution of a broad spectrum of emotional disorders. It is an evidence-based psychotherapy that is strongly supported by current clinical research studies.

Matt and Tami are both in private practice locally in San Diego. You can find out more about their practices by visiting their websites:

Dr. Matt Jarvinen website

Tami Chelew website

Learn More:
Visit these valuable ISTDP resources: ReachingThroughResistance.com

San Diego’s ISTDP Community

As ISTDP grows in San Diego, California, we want to create a community site to help promote upcoming ISTDP events and to keep the therapy community informed on what’s happening here locally and around the world.

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Registration is Open!

ISTDP Core Training

With Dr. Allan Abbass and Tami Chelew, starting in May 2023:
Details and registration below: 

Core Training: Learn More Link

Core Training: Registration Link


Upcoming Events:

Tuesday, March 7th, 2023
7:00 am -2:30 pm PST
Jon Frederickson, MSW

“Helping Therapists Think Clinically “

Eventbrite Link


Dr. Ange Cooper, Jon Frederickson, Tami Chelew and Dr. Matt Jarvinen:
April 21-22, 2023:
“Activating and Aligning with the UTA: The Power of Will and Surrender”
Eventbrite Link

3-Day Immersions with
Dr. Allan Abbass:
May 31-Jun 2, 2023:
Treatment Resistant Depression

Eventbrite Link


3-Day Immersions with
Dr. Allan Abbass
Nov 29-Dec 1, 2023:
Personality Disorders
Link coming soon

We welcome you to
ISTDP San Diego!

We are passionate ISTDP practitioners practicing here in San Diego, California.

If you are a licensed or associate therapist, we invite you to come explore what ISTDP is all about and consider joining the community

We hope this website will be a resource for anyone interested in learning more about ISTDP, deepening their skills to be a part of this growing community

Tami Chelew MA, CSAT – Solana Beach, CA
Matt Jarvinen Psychologist, PhD – Encinitas, CA

Ways to learn

Stay informed about upcoming ISTDP trainings with current leaders in this unique form of therapy. Join our mailing list by emailing us at Info@istdpsandiego.com