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Dr.Sonaa Kakar MD


Psychiatrist and Practitioner/ Supervisor and Trainer of Intensive Short – Term Dynamic Psychotherapy

Co -Chairperson Psychotherapy Subcommittee

Indian Psychiatric Society



Dr. Sonaa Kakar MD is an experienced and qualified Psychiatrist with an additional interest and training in a contemporary form of Psychoanalysis called Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy from the ISTDP Institute Washington DC . Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy through scientific study has been found to be effective in treating nearly 80 % of out patient psychiatric problems, which includes Resistant Depression , Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Psychosomatic disorders, Panic Attacks and Generalized Anxiety disorders, Personality Disorders including Borderline Personality Disorder, Eating Disorders and  Sexual Disorders.

In 2014 after many years of  Psychiatry and Psychotherapy practice  and closely noticing the effects of different forms of interventions for psychological issues ,she was convinced that only a good Psychotherapy teaching program over several years with close monitoring of the patients verbal and non verbal communication and offering a healing experience to the patient would be necessary to achieve profound results. She enrolled for a Core training in Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy ,the first of its kind in India offered by two remarkable internationally acclaimed trainers and psychotherapists and travelled 4 times a year to another city  consistently for 4 years ,never ever missing a single opportunity to learn this wonderful technique of  Psychodynamic Psychotherapy as painstakingly discovered by the founder of ISTDP and taught by two eminent therapists Dr.Thomas Brod MD and author Jon Frederickson MSW.

In 2016 ,she was delighted to receive an invitation from Dr.Habib Davanloo MD , The founder of Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy to attend his Annual Conference on the Metapsychology of the Unconscious at Montreal, Canada . Dr. Davanloo  has revolutionized the way Psychotherapy is taught through video recording sessions and closely observing each session to find the most helpful intervention on a case to case basis.
In 2017 and 2018 she organized  two workshops on ISTDP and invited Dr Thomas Brod MD as Faculty at Hyderabad.

In 2019 Jon Frederickson Author of  Three Outstanding Books, and The Founder of the ISTDP Institute offered to her to join his  Training of Trainers program.

In 2020 ,She conducted six Teaching programs on ISTDP over two days each and initiated a new Core training course (2020) for three years which is certified by the ISTDP Institute Washington DC.



She completed her MD in 1997 from Sarojini Naidu Medical College Agra.
She did her MBBS from Maharani Laxmi Bai medical College Jhansi


In Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy which is a contemporary form of Psychoanalysis in a shortened format from the ISTDP Institute Washington DC.

Training of trainers in ISTDP(2019)
from the ISTDP Institute


1.Dr.Thomas M Brod MD, DFAPA
Associate Clinical Professor, Psychiatry
Geffen UCLA School of Medicine

2.Jon Frederickson MSW
Author, Co Chair the ISTDP institute Washington DC .

Co-Creating Change: effective dynamic therapy techniques
The Lies We Tell Ourselves: how to face the truth, accept yourself, and create a better life
Co-Creating Safety: Healing the Fragile Patient

Dr. Sonaa Kakar was also invited to  the 37th Annual Conference on the Metpsychology of the Unconscious By Dr Habib Davanloo MD( MC Gill University), founder of Short term Dynamic Psychotherapy @ Montreal and learn from him.


She is a fellow of the Indian Psychiatric Society (IPS).

Member of the International Experiential Dynamic Therapy  Association.

Founding member of  Psychodermatology Association of India


Ethical and Legal Issues in the Process and drop outs of Marital and Family therapy in India

Sexual Transference Towards a therapist in the mid Phase of short term dynamic therapy -A case Report

Integrating Cognitive restructuring within Psychodynamic Psychotherapy for  Erectile dysfunction 


Dr Sonaa is currently offering a three year training and supervision program to Psychotherapists in India in Intensive Short Term Dynamic psychotherapy . This course carries a certificate from the ISTDP institute after completion.

In addition she offers SHORT Psychotherapy training workshops online

For teaching workshops go to upcoming events page


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