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Johannes Kieding,  LCSW

    Psychotherapy Enhancement Training

On Learning how to Become a Psychotherapist, click here.

Click HERE to read about the particular flavor and style of ISTDP that I practice and promote

To watch a video that highlights my approach to ISTDP, click HERE

  • Learn concrete techniques and language to more effectively help your clients

  • Learn the basics and the broad overview of the model

  • ISTDP, Key Concepts and Outlook

  • ISTDP informed Couples Therapy -- Click HERE for an introduction

  • Learn about common mistakes 

  • Psychodiagnosis: Moment-by-moment tracking and understanding of your client's responses

  • The implications of substance use

  • Understand moment-by-moment clinical decision making

  • Create and maintain a strong therapeutic alliance

  • Crystallizing

  • The Victim Defense

  • Learn how to develop a psychodynamic narrative

  • Parenting issues

  • Learn how to gauge your client's thresholds and work at their highest level of capacity while still meeting them where they are

  • Learn how to work with here-and-now complex emotions, transference and counter transference dynamics

  • Handle resistance and a wide range of defensiveness and defensive structures, including ambivalence

  • Learn how to build capacity and work with fragile clients

  • Learn how to work with dynamics of distrust

  • Learn how, when, and with whom to use skillful pressure and confrontation

  • Learn the metapsychology and theoretical framework of ISTDP                                     (ISTDP stands for Intensive Short-term Dynamic Psychotherapy -- a complex assessment and intervention system that facilitates change and healing through experiential restructuring of outdated attempts at managing affect and anxiety). Click here to read about the style and type of adaptation of ISTDP that I specialize in.

These are some of the skills you may learn from me.

If you are a mental health therapist wanting to improve your craft and become better at helping your clients, I may be able to help you.

I offer advanced psychotherapy training and consultation services that are ISTDP informed.

The main reason I call my psychotherapy consultations "advanced" is that all of the training is audio-visual. You will show video recorded sessions and receive feedback, frame by frame (you will need proper consent through written authorization from your clients before recording and showing me your work).

In actually watching your work, I will be able to say what you did well and also point out what you could do better.

I will show you teaching tapes so as to demonstrate some of the skills that you will be learning.

The theoretical framework from which I operate is psychodynamic and draws heavily from the metapsychology of Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP).

You do not need any prior training in ISTDP to work with me, and if you are committed to another model, we can explore whether or not ISTDP principles might supplement the model you wish to practice.


With honor, I have been sanctioned and certified to consult,

and offer ISTDP informed psychotherapy training, by Marvin Skorman, LMHC.

Mr. Skorman has 40 + years of psychotherapy and consultation experience, and spent several years in training with Dr. Habib Davanloo. Dr. Davanloo founded and developed ISTDP.

For a full flavor of Mr. Skorman, here are two videos you can watch: video 1, and video 2.

Marvin Skorman, LMHC

Regarding issues of legitimacy:

Dr. Davanloo never codified or formalized a certification process for ISTDP therapists, nor has he sanctioned any organization to represent ISTDP.


That means that anyone can call themselves an ISTDP therapist and/or teacher, and the people and organizations that claim to represent ISTDP have decided to do that on their own accord. I consider myself an ISTDP informed trainer for these reasons. 

In response to anyone who claims that unless you are certified in their organization you are not a legitimate practitioner of ISTDP, the following questions may help:

Has Dr. Davanloo sanctioned you to teach or sanctioned you to decide who and who is not qualified to teach the model? How many years have you studied with Dr. Davanloo?

The following text goes into some detail around what has gone into being sanctioned to teach by Marvin Skorman: Key Take-Aways from over a Decade of Training in ISTDP with Marvin Skorman 


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Clinical Experience, in order of relevance

  • Sept. 2017 — June 2018, and then August 2020 — Present: Arizona State University Field and Task instructor: provide ISTDP informed audio-visual psychotherapy training and consultation to graduate level interns

  • 2013/14 — Ongoing: Receiving intensive training from Marvin Skorman, LMHC via audio-visual supervision in conducting ISTDP informed psychotherapy with a focus on adults and youth, individual, family, and couple therapy format. Breakdown of hours:  Since 2014 – 600 + hours of individual supervision. I receive approximately 49 hours of advanced audio-visual individual supervision training per year and approximately 108 hours of group supervision per year for a total of approximately 157 hours of training per year)

  • Oct. 2015 — Oct. 2017: Received 100 + hours of general social work and counseling supervision

  • June 2015 — Ongoing: Conducting psychotherapy (youth and adults) with general mental health, severely mentally ill, DCS mandated, and substance abusing populations at local integrated care clinics

  • Sept. 2014 — May 2015: Conducted intensive outpatient psychotherapy with an adult, diverse, and mostly marginalized population (graduate level internship)

  • Sept. 2012 — May 2013: Facilitated therapeutic groups and conducted brief family therapy at an inpatient facility — teens and adults (graduate level internship)

  • May 2007 -- Jan. 2009: Worked in a clinical capacity with Pre-K aged children (undergraduate internship)

  • 2018: Completed certification in Nonviolent Resistance (NVR) and the New Authority Interventions

Credentials and other experience

  • Independent clinical social work licensure in Arizona — LCSW (2018)

  • 2 years of intense residential Zen training at the Rochester Zen Center (2005-2007)

  • Facilitated mindfulness groups in hospital and educational settings (2002, 2012)

  • 1 year of intense physical expressive-arts and performance training with a strong focus on mindfulness in action (2002)


Phone: 585-530-0953