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

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

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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Past ISTDP San Diego Evants


Jun, 2023: Dr. Abbass, 3-Day Immersions, “Treatment Resistant Depression

Sep, 2023: Dr. Neborsky, “Overcoming Treatment-Reistance with Attachment-Based ISTDP”

Dec, 2023: Dr. Abbass, 3-Day Immersions “Personality Disorders”

Upcoming Evants!


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Friday, January 19, 2024:
Online Replay with Live Presentatoins:
Dr. David Malan Memorial Conference:

Eventbrite Link


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Friday, March 8, 2024:
A Couples Healing Journey
with Tami Chelew,
“Applying ISTDP with Couples”

Eventbrite Link


Wednesday June 5- June 7, 2024

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Dr. Allan Abbass
“Navigating & Surfing the Rough Waters of Termination in ISTDP”

Eventbrite Link



December 9-11, 2024
Dr. Allan Abbass’s

3 Day Immersion. Topic to be determined

ISTDP Core Training

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

!! Core Training Update – Our Core Training is currently full.

If you are interested in a future offering, please email Tami.

Core Training: Learn More Link

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 istdpsandiego@gmail.com