Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)

Interpersonal therapy, or IPT, is a short-term, focused treatment for mood disorders, such as depression. Rooted in attachment and communication theories, IPT is designed to help people address current concerns and improve interpersonal relationships. IPT is based on the principle that relationships and life events impact mood and that the reverse is also true. Treatment follows a highly structured and time-limited approach and seldom lasts longer than 16 weeks. The goal of IPT is to rapidly reduce symptoms. Think this approach might be right for you? Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s interpersonal therapy specialists today.

Meet the specialists

The foundation of my therapy work is Interpersonal Therapy. This was the theoretical approach of my graduate program and it strongly informs the way I approach clients in my work today. I find the balance of acknowledging the importance of the past while primarily focusing on how we can create change in the present day to be very helpful to my clients.

— Lindsey Brooks, Psychologist in San Francisco, CA

Interpersonal Psychotherapy aims to target struggles with role transitions, interpersonal deficits/disputes, and unresolved grief for a reduction in symptom distress. It is a recommended treatment for mood disorders (i.e. depression, bipolar disorder, etc.), anxiety, and eating disorders.

— Shavonne James, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Beverly Hills, CA

I work with clients in the moment and I am open and genuine about how I feel and what I am thinking when I am in the therapy room with them. I have found that this helps the client build insight. I also believe this strengthens the bond between client and counselor which is the foundation to change.

— Lauren Lewis, Licensed Professional Counselor in Loveland, CO

I was trained in Interpersonal Therapy starting from the beginning of my graduate school career, and I have led multiple interpersonal process groups. I integrate a lot of IPT into my individual work and also hope to create and facilitate an interpersonal process group again soon.

— Jason Wu, Psychologist in San Jose, CA

My work with interpersonal relationships come from a variety of resources, but also uses a Systems approach which is primarily process oriented. All behavior can be seen as relevant communication meaning and relationship. Relationships involve content and process, but process is key in terms of getting and receiving messages, as well as, maintaining a healthy Rrelationship.

— M. Douglas Evans, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Ann Arbor, MI

Many people come to therapy because of problems in their relationships with others--such as partners, parents, children, relatives, bosses, classmates, and co-workers. We can't change these people, but we can change how we respond to them. In interpersonal therapy, we explore your relationship patterns, and try out new ways of communicating and expressing your needs.

— Lilyan Moore, Counselor in Portland, OR