Interpersonal Therapy

Interpersonal Therapy

Interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) is a time-limited, focused, and evidence-based therapy for mood problems. The primary aim of IPT is to enhance a client’s interpersonal connections and social functioning in order to reduce their suffering. IPT provides methods for resolving difficulties in four key areas.

  1.  IPT targets interpersonal issues, such as social isolation or involvement in unfulfilling relationships.
  2. If the onset of emotional distress is associated with the death of a loved one, recent or past, it might help patients manage unresolved grief.
  3. IPT can assist with life changes such as retirement, divorce, or relocation to a new city.
  4. IPT is often used to address interpersonal difficulties caused by conflicting expectations between partners, family members, close friends, or coworkers.


It was created to treat severe depression. It’s also used to treat eating issues, perinatal depression, dysthymia, bipolar disorder, and other mood disorders. The IPT differs from other traditional psychodynamic techniques in that it focuses on current rather than past connections, and it recognizes but does not focus on internal struggles.

IPT differs from cognitive and behavioral therapy techniques in that it focuses exclusively on interpersonal connections and maladaptive beliefs and behaviors. IPT tries to alter relationship habits rather than depressive symptoms, as well as relationship difficulties that exacerbate these problems. The IPT is less directive than cognitive-behavioral methods, focusing on the patient’s targeted areas rather than his or her personality characteristics.

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