Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)

Interpersonal therapy, or IPT, is a short-term, focused treatment for mood disorders, such as depression. Rooted in attachment and communication theories, IPT is designed to help people address current concerns and improve interpersonal relationships. IPT is based on the principle that relationships and life events impact mood and that the reverse is also true. Treatment follows a highly structured and time-limited approach and seldom lasts longer than 16 weeks. The goal of IPT is to rapidly reduce symptoms. Think this approach might be right for you? Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s interpersonal therapy specialists today.

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Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) is a time-limited, evidence-based treatment for depression. Despite its proven effectiveness, the therapy tends to be underutilized. Although training opportunities for IPT are limited, I was fortunate enough to receive thorough training in IPT. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you are interested in learning more about IPT!

— Brett Swords, Psychologist in Ellicott City, MD

Interpersonal therapy focuses on the individual's relationships and coping skills to allow one to feel empowered to address the issues within their relationships, both personal and professional, to ensure healthy boundaries and reasonable expectations for self and others.

— Nora Vassar, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

IPT is a time-limited, focused, evidence-based approach to treat mood disorders and relationship difficulties. The main goal of IPT is to improve the quality of a client's interpersonal relationships and social functioning to help reduce their distress. IPT provides strategies to resolve problems within four key areas including social difficulties, grief/loss, role transitions, and conflict/disputes in relationships.

— Dr. Kathryn Williams, Psychologist in Los Angeles, CA

I work primarily from theoretical perspectives that emphasize the authentic relationships, individual strengths, and the potential for growth. Interpersonal theories direct my attention to my client’s current and past relational dynamics as I strongly believe that human beings are primarily motivated by the need to establish and maintain relationships.

— Aguirre Center for Inclusive Psychotherapy, Psychologist in Atlanta, GA

IPT is a short-term psychotherapy in which therapist and client identify the issues and problems of interpersonal relationships. They also explore the client's life history to help recognize problem areas and then work toward ways to rectify them.

— Dr. Sonia Dhaliwal, Psychologist in Las Vegas, NV

Interpersonal Psychotherapy aims to target struggles with role transitions, interpersonal deficits/disputes, and unresolved grief for a reduction in symptom distress. It is a recommended treatment for mood disorders (i.e. depression, bipolar disorder, etc.), anxiety, and eating disorders.

— Shavonne James, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Long Beach, CA

I would like to learn more about Group Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, MBT, Multicultural Therapy, Sex Therapy, Strength Based Therapy, Stress Management, Text-Based and Phone Therapy, and Trauma Therapy.

— Miles Alves Willis, Clinical Trainee in New York, NY

I was trained to use this modality under the supervision of Ivy League doctoral supervisors at USC. I have practiced this modality at all institutions I have been employed.

— Steven Su, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Fullerton, CA

In general I would describe my approach as eclectic, as I incorporate many modalities that are tailored to the individual. The common thread in my approach is processing that is enhanced by the quality of the relationship between client and therapist. We will dig deep together to create the changes you are seeking.

— Christine Kotlarski, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in ,

Interpersonal therapy focuses on relieving symptoms by addressing current problems and relationships, which makes the provider active, supportive, and hopeful for an option to change.

— fausat funmi odubiyi, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Brooklyn, NY

Your ability to communicate, understand, and relate to people are the underlying measures of all disorders and/or the working well. Therefore, directly addressing the possible deficiency once your interpersonal level is discovered, is the key to success in many cases from what I have witnessed, therefore IPT is the centerpiece of my practice treatment approaches.

— Kelvin Brown, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

As a branch of CBT-related treatment, IPT is a specialized, time-sensitive intervention meant to build upon treating dysfunctional thought patterns targeted in CBT. As an expert in IPT, the aim is to go the step further in changing problematic, interpersonal behaviors that stem from unhealthy thinking patterns. Over the years, I have utilized this form of psychotherapy to complement specialized treatment approaches for clients with depression, anxiety, and mood disorders alike.

— Ishanie Sanchez, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Staten Island, NY

I meet you where you are at in your life and try to get you where you would like to go. You may or may not have a time limit; however you like to work on things in your life at your own pace.

— Ronica Clark, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Our world is made up of relationships, and problems with relationships often lead to finding ways to make the world more manageable. Interpersonal Therapy is a way of looking at relationships, thoughts, families and systems that people are a part of, and early attachment to help people understand how they are functioning in the world and why they may use certain coping techniques to manage their world. It can also be a way to examine techniques that are working and how to change what is not.

— Joy Zelikovsky, Psychologist in Milford, CT