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When: Friday, October 25th
Registration and Networking starts at 9:30 AM, Presentation runs from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
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1757 Golf Club
45120 Waxpool Road
Dulles, Virginia  20166
United States
Michelle M. May, LPC
Melat Johnson

Registration Information
Online registration is available until: 10/25/2019

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Intensive Short-term Dynamic Psychotherapy

-1.5 Credit Hours

Michelle May, LPC

Registration Costs

Early bird pricing ends the Sunday before the Event. Regular pricing is until the day before the event.

Early Bird
Regular At The Door
Members Clinical/General $ 25
$ 35
$ 45
Student/Resident/Retired $ 20
$ 30
$ 40
Non-Members All Categories
$ 50
$ 60
$ 70


Register online at any time.

Checks are only accepted on the day of the event. If you wish to secure a discount, you must register online and pay with a credit card.

Walk-in registrations will be accepted on the day of the event starting at 9:30 AM.

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To cancel, please call or email 48 hours in advance or you will be charged for the event. If NVLPC cancels an event, you will be refunded the cost of the event. During inclement weather NVLPC will host the event as scheduled; events will only be cancelled in circumstances when the federal government shuts down due to inclement weather.


About the Event:

Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) is a neurobiological approach founded in psychodynamic theory with highly active and tailored techniques. ISTDP aims to break into the unconscious mind in a powerful way that is uniquely suitable to clients’ individual desires and capacities. First developed by Habib Davanloo, MD, this therapeutic method aims for rapid character change through helping the patient relinquish defenses against emotional experience. In ISTDP, we recognize that unconscious feelings cause anxiety, which triggers our client’s symptoms and defense mechanisms. The task is to help the client recognize these specific dynamics, turn against them, and face long-warded off feelings, thus greatly reducing anxiety and getting rid of the need for maladaptive defense mechanisms.

Through the use of video tapes of sessions, this presentation will focus on teaching the basic foundations of ISTDP, how to form a psychodiagnosis, (rather than a diagnosis), and how to break down defense mechanisms and regulate anxiety.

Learning Objectives:

·         Participants will learn to detect signs of unconscious anxiety in the client and themselves

·         Participants will learn to help clients see certain unconscious defenses

·         Patients will learn to formulate a psychodiagnosis, which is not only about what symptoms are present, but why they are and how to treat them


Earn 1.5 Contact Hours for attending this event.

About the Presenter:

Michelle M. May, LPC, NCC is a specialist in Intensive-Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) for adults and couples. She is a Guest Faculty member at the Washington School of Psychiatry’s ISTDP program in Washington, DC and is also a graduate of the 3-year postgraduate ISTDP training program at the Washington School of Psychiatry. Michelle is also a board-approved supervisor with the state of Virginia and focuses on supervising licensed clinicians especially in cases where they feel stuck. Michelle is certified in Gottman Method Couples Therapy - Level 1. She received her B.A. with Distinction and High Honors in Psychology from the Honors College at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor and received her M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marymount University.  

Before starting her private practice, Michelle worked in the criminal justice mental health system in Alexandria, Virginia and at The Renascence Center, LLC, a group private practice in Arlington, Virginia. She has now been in individual private practice in Arlington for 5 years, specializing in ISTDP with both individuals and couples. Prior to becoming a therapist, Michelle was an Information Technology consultant.

Michelle is a member of the International Experiential Dynamic Therapy Association, the American Counseling Association, National Board of Certified Counselors, the Washington School of Psychiatry, Northern Virginia Licensed Professional Counselors, the National Honors Society of Counseling, and the International Honors Society of Psychology.            


Networking Notice: 

As part of our networking opportunities, we invite all members to bring their marketing materials to display, and/or to introduce themselves during our 2-minute introductions. Please let us know that you are interested when you RSVP.

NVLPC has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6130. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. NVLPC is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.


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