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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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

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

IPT is a common treatment option for people experiencing depression, anxiety, social phobia, postpartum depression, and trauma. Part of the recovery process is to build meaningful relationships and identify a network of support. Areas addressed over the course of treatment can include; role disputes, interpersonal/relational problems, communication barriers, life stage transitions, grief, and other attachment issues.

— Jenny Moon, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Torrance, CA
 

I completed some specific training in IPT, however, I don't use it in the manualized way in which it was designed. I subscribe to the notion that interpersonal events and relationships have significant influence on how we feel about ourselves and therefore how we make choices. Additionally, I believe the interpersonal patterns that emerge in the therapy process are critical to understanding the relationship patterns that exist outside the therapy room.

— Dan Isenberg, Psychologist in Towson, MD

In therapy, my goal is to create a safe and welcoming environment where clients can be themselves. I aim to support clients as they share the aspects of their lives they are unhappy with and offer caring exploration along the way. Through an approach of understanding and insight, I work to help clients live healthier and more satisfying lives.

— Whitney O'Malley, Marriage & Family Therapist in Carlsbad, CA
 

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 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
 

Interpersonal therapy is a branch of psycho-dynamic therapy that helps clients identify patterns in their relationship, learn strategies to change mal-adaptive patterns, and provides clients with a corrective emotional experience to help clients learn from experience what it is like to feel safe, respected, and cared for in a relationship.

— YONG PARK, Psychologist in Los Angeles, CA