What is Interpersonal Psychotherapy?

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Interpersonal Psychotherapy treats individuals diagnosed with mood disorders, such as bipolar disorders, depressive disorders, or Schizophrenia. IPT is a brief approach to counseling.

To treat mood disorders, IPT posits that counseling should include all the main tenets of “good” therapy: a strong therapeutic alliance, empathy, listening, and making sure the client feels heard and understood.

IPT states that people grow from relating to others or maintain harmful ways of relating that result from early relationships in childhood.

Your IPT therapist may utilize various techniques to help improve your interpersonal relationships, such as examining life experiences and transitions, attachment issues, grief, or other interpersonal issues. The goal of IPT is for you to understand the way you relate to others more fully and how this can be helpful or hurtful.

Your counselor will help you develop more healthy ways of relating to others that are unique to you and dependent on your circumstances.

While IPT was originally for treating depressive disorders, people with a wide range of mental health concerns can benefit from it.

Therapists Who Specialize in Using Interpersonal Psychotherapy