Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)
In general, interpersonal therapists provide active, non-judgmental treatment in order to help people in therapy successfully handle challenges and improve mental health. IPT is well researched as an effective treatment for depression and can also treat several other mental health issues, such as:
- Disordered eating
- Substance abuse issues
- Postpartum depression
- Social phobia
- Post Traumatic Stress
Interpersonal Therapy is based on the principle that relationships and life events impact mood and that the reverse is also true. Events surrounding interpersonal relationships do not cause depression. Depression occurs within an interpersonal context and affects relationships and the roles of people within those relationships. By addressing interpersonal issues, interpersonal therapy puts emphasis on the way symptoms are related to a person’s relationships, including family and peers.
The focus is on an individual’s relationships with peers and family members and the way they see themselves. It explores issues in relationships with other people and evaluates specific problem areas, such as conflicts with family or friends or significant life changes.
The goal is to help people to identify and modify interpersonal problems, understand and manage relationship problems, learn to express emotions in healthy ways and acquire skills to improve current relationships.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF INTERPERSONAL THERAPY?
- Rapid reduction in symptoms
- Improved relationships
- Skills for coping in healthier ways
- Enhanced problem-solving and communication skills
- Ability to process grief or loss in a safe environment
- Reduction of self-destructive or hostile behaviors