Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)
Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on the patient’s relationships and interactions with others and their communication skills. Used to treat a range of mental health conditions, including Depression, Anxiety, Eating Disorders and other mental health issues relating to social or interpersonal difficulties, based on attachment and interpersonal theories, IPT aims to help individuals identify, comprehend and resolve the current interpersonal difficulties they are facing, as well as prevent future interpersonal problems. The therapy style is based on the idea that a person’s emotional and psychological well-being is closely tied to their relationships with others and the quality of their social support circle.
In IPT, the therapist works with the patient to identify patterns in their relationships and communication styles, and to address any difficulties they may be facing in these areas. The therapist may also provide support and guidance for the patient to improve their relationships, build better communication skills, and enhance their social support network through role playing and practical examples. IPT typically involves 12-20 weekly sessions, it is goal-oriented, and focuses on resolving specific issues within a specific time frame.