Interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) is a well-researched form of therapy that focuses on improving relationships and interpersonal processes within the context of a person's emotions. It treats short- and long-term mood and mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, and relationship problems.
It effectively reduces depressive symptoms across all age groups, including young adults, middle-aged adults, and the elderly.
It often involves helping people to identify and change distorted cognitions about their environment and themselves to improve their mood.
It emphasizes the role of the therapeutic relationship between the client and therapist, using empathy and understanding to create a safe and supportive space for healing.
It requires a commitment to attend all scheduled sessions for the best results.
It strives to create balance in the interpersonal relationship between the client and any external stress factors.
It can help clients explore their responses to gain insight into their actions and reactions.
It often encourages active listening and communication skills to work through conflicts and difficult emotions.
It recognizes that all relationships in an individual's life, including family, friends, and partners, can positively or negatively influence their mental health.
It explores problems in an individual's personal and professional life, including career or school-related stressors.
It is an integrated treatment that includes short-term and long-term approaches depending on the individual's needs and goals.