Interpersonal Therapy

Interpersonal psychotherapy is a brief, attachment-focused psychotherapy that centres on resolving interpersonal problems.

It is a time-limited, focused, evidence-based approach to treat mood disorders. Treatment usually begins with your therapist conducting an interview. Based on the problems you describe, they can identify goals and create a treatment outline. You and your therapist will focus on the key issues you’re looking to resolve. A typical program involves up to 20 weekly hour-long therapy sessions.

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IPT is not about finding an unconscious origin of your current feelings and behavior.

In this way, it is unlike other forms of psychotherapy. IPT instead focuses on the current reality of your mental health presentation. It looks at how more immediate difficulties are contributing to symptoms. There will be an emphasis on skills development to equip you with the skills you need to direct difficult emotions in positive ways. You may be encouraged to take part in social activities that you found stressful or painful in the past. This can be a way of practicing new coping techniques.

The main goal of IPT is to improve the quality of your interpersonal relationships and social functioning to help reduce distress. Treatment is structured, including homework and continuous assessment.

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Building your skills and learning more adaptive ways to manage life’s challenges is an investment in you and your relationships.