Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy is a treatment approach developed by Dan Hughes, PhD for children and adolescents with forms of complex trauma and disorders of attachment. It is grounded in evidenced based attachment theory and intersubjective theory. The premise is that the development of children is dependent on or markedly influenced by the nature of the caregiver and child (dyadic reciprocal) relationship.
DDP works to strengthen the child’s attachment security, emotional development, and emotional regulation, which requires ongoing, dyadic experiences between the caregiver and child. The therapist assists the caregiver in becoming attuned to the child’s subjective experience, makes sense of his/her experiences, and communicates them back to the child in an accepting manner. DDP involves creating a playful, accepting manner. A playful, accepting, curious, and empathic (PACE) therapeutic environment and a playful, loving, curious, empathic, home environment.
To learn more about DDP go to danielhughes.org.