Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) is a structured and time-limited form of psychotherapy that focuses on improving interpersonal functioning to alleviate symptoms. It is particularly effective in treating major depression, but can also be used for anxiety, chronic fatigue, and mood disorders such persistent depressive disorder, and bipolar disorder.
How does Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) Work?
IPT works by addressing current difficulties in everyday relationships as the underlying cause of psychological symptoms. It focuses on four fundamental areas: conflict in relationships, life changes, grief and loss, and difficulties in starting or sustaining relationships. By helping individuals develop effective strategies for dealing with these relationship problems, their symptoms often improve.
The Structure of IPT
Therapy is typically delivered in one-to-one sessions but can also be conducted in group formats. The structure of IPT involves opening sessions to gather information and identify the focus of therapy, middle sessions where the client works on improving the chosen problem areas with therapist support, and final sessions to address any sense of loss associated with the end of therapy and review progress made.
Who Can Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) Benefit?
IPT can benefit individuals experiencing major depression, anxiety, chronic fatigue, and mood disorders. It has been adapted to treat clients of various ages and can be used as a stand-alone treatment or in combination with medication.
If you have any further questions or would like to explore whether IPT might be a suitable therapy for you, please do not hesitate to contact us. You can reach us by email at [email protected] or by phone at (239) 997-1695.