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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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 Moore Williams, Psychologist in Los Angeles, CA

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 : interpersonal deficits (including social isolation or involvement in unfulfilling relationships), unresolved grief, difficult life transitions (divorce, retirements, moves, etc.) and interpersonal disputes that may emerge from conflict with others.

— Sarah Escalante, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Newport Beach, CA

This type of therapy is utilize with combination of medication management. It is most beneficial for people who want to find their purpose and meaning in life, people who are experiencing anxiety or depression, and those who want to learn how to relate to others more effectively.

— Dr. DEBRA MAYERS, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Middletown, NY

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 incorporate evidence-based approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment (ACT) Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, and Cognitive Processing Therapy. Most of us haven’t learned coping skills to help us deal with difficult life circumstances and intense emotions. I promise to listen to you without judging you. You deserve to have a safe place to share your hurt and struggles.

— Emily Crawford-Thompson, Psychologist in COLUMBIA, MO

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

The type of therapy focuses on your interpersonal relationships and social interactions—including how much support you have from others and the impact these relationships have on your mental health. I use this type of therapy in conjunction with medication management.

— Dr. DEBRA MAYERS, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Middletown, NY

Interpersonal Therapy is a unique approach to individual therapy, which integrates an individual's relational experiences, their thoughts about themselves, and their past familial experiences, to bring about an awareness of how these three domains impact a person's present circumstances.

— Linda L Vance, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

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

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

My approach to Interpersonal Therapy is ultimately focused on discussing the here-and-now of therapy. How do you feel as we discuss this topic? Does it feel like we are playing out a dynamic that you are experiencing in other points of your life? In taking this approach, my clients and I are able to use the therapy space as a "laboratory" in which the client can try new approaches to other relationships in their lives where they might feel stuck or unfulfilled.

— Robert Ortega, Psychologist in Washington, DC

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