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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Relationships are at the core of who we are and how we operate in the world. Therapy is a place to create a safe and supportive relationship where you can explore the ways in which you engage with others. If you want to create change in your relationships, therapy is a great place to test out new approaches. Maybe you want to work on assertiveness, set boundaries, increase confidence, expand self-worth. Therapy with me can help you do that.

— Jennie Wang-Hall, Psychologist in San Marcos, 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

Through an interpersonal lens, I am focused on the process of our interactions, the dynamics in your relationship with me and others, the ways in which you might have subtle or more significant reactions to things that happen and how to become more aware of those shame triggers, patterns, behaviors, and symptoms to improve your self-awareness, respond gently to practice self-compassion in difficult moments to healing and improve your responses over time.

— addyson tucker, Psychologist in Providence, RI

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

I believe the experience we have in the immediate moment are integral to the work we do in treatment. We will work as a team to explore thoughts, feelings, and reactions as the occur to better understand deeply rooted patterns (both positive and challenging). I am genuinely curious to understand your narrative and welcome all feedback throughout the journey.

— Dr. Sophia Murphy, Licensed Professional Counselor in Tempe, AZ

As the name implies, the idea behind IPT is that many of our emotional issues arise in the context of a difficult or broken relationship, and that healing can take place by resolving those difficulties. What interpersonal struggles are you currently having? Is it a spouse, a parent, a child, a boss, a friend? Is this brokenness causing sadness, grief, guilt, or confusion? We can work together heal the relationship, change it, or let it go.

— Dale Peterson, Psychologist in Denver, CO

Interpersonal Therapy is often a part of the treatment plan for clients experiencing postpartum depression.

— Tracey Dugan, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I want to lend an unbiased ear to anyone who is in need of help. I would love to help you achieve, overcome, and challenge any barriers that may hinder your wellness and growth.

— Nicole Rooth, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Rochelle Park, NJ

Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) is one of my favorite therapeutic modalities because it addresses unspoken body language to help identify, express and uncover emotions. In grad school we read several books and had a class dedicated to learning about IPT. Throughout my professional career I have taken it upon myself to continue to read and to learn about IPT, the Gottman Method and Trauma therapy.

— Brooke Aymes, Social Worker in Oaklyn, NJ

I will empathetically meet you where you are and help provide insight and support to everyday's life struggles with compassion and care.

— AC Mateen, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Renton, WA

I believe that, frequently, negative beliefs about ourselves form from past experiences such as traumas, being ignored, being pressured to be a particular way, or societal messages. These beliefs impact how we act toward others, which can in turn negatively influence relationships and make us continue to have negative beliefs. It can be empowering to figure how to change our relationships and interactions with others, challenging negative thinking, and learning new assertive ways of coping.

— Steffanie Grossman, Psychologist in Dallas, TX