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 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

Since our main focus in therapy at Khan Counseling is building a strong therapeutic connection and trusting relationship within the therapy room, we often utilize IPT techniques to help with relationships outside of the therapy room. These can include the idea(s) psychological symptoms can be understood as a response to current difficulties in everyday relationships with other people, like setting boundaries or improving communication.

— Khan Counseling Psychotherapy, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Newport Beach, CA

I have received supervision from IPT-trained therapists during my training. IPT suggests that we learn cyclical patterns from our early relationships; that is, how we relate to ourselves, how we relate to others, and strategies for how to "get" people to love and care for us. We internalize these and they become our "truth" for navigating our feelings about ourselves and our relationships. In IPT, we focus on the relationship we build in therapy to help us understand (and change) those patterns.

— Katy Shaffer, Psychologist in Baltimore, MD

Interpersonal therapy offers a helpful way of naming and addressing dynamics that can develop in any relationship. Issues related to grief, social roles, and identity can be understood and addressed using this approach.

— Phil Small, Psychologist in Portland, OR

Interpersonal Therapy is like wound care for our sense of self and way of being in the world. We look at the scars which may be restricting range of movement in your self-concept and relationships. We then explore the protective layers, and uncover the original hurts that lead to the core wounding. Through a safe, non-judgmental stance, we connect how the layers and wounding tend to play out in the world, and in the relationship with the therapist. From here, we develop more adaptive flexibility

— Kara London, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Tustin, CA

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

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

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

Focus on how your relationships can provide you with support and safety. Increase communication skills with loved ones.

— Julia Craddolph, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in LONG BEACH, CA

I have advanced training in IPT, implementing it to those who struggle with mood disorders due to relationship issues or going through a major life transition.

— Vania Aviles, Psychotherapist in , CA

As a social worker, I look at your entire life as having contributed to the person you are now. I want to help you work through the current issues you have in your life with others by looking at yourself and how you can make it better.

— Kylie Peele, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Raleigh, NC

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

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

Interpersonal Therapy (ITP) focuses on four areas: 1.) conflict in relationships that is a source of tension and distress 2.) life changes, such as job loss or the birth of a child, that affect people's feelings about themselves and others 3.) grief and loss 4.) difficulties in starting or sustaining relationships When people learn effective strategies for dealing with their relationship problems, their symptoms often improve.

— Cassandre Charnel, Psychotherapist