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.

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I was trained to use this modality under the supervision of Ivy League doctoral supervisors at USC. I have practiced this modality at all institutions I have been employed.

— Steven Su, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Fullerton, CA

Relationships are at the core of who we are and how we operate in the world. Therapy is a place to create a safe and supportive relationship where you can explore the ways in which you engage with others. If you want to create change in your relationships, therapy is a great place to test out new approaches. Maybe you want to work on assertiveness, set boundaries, increase confidence, expand self-worth. Therapy with me can help you do that.

— Jennie Wang-Hall, Psychologist in San Marcos, CA

I work primarily from theoretical perspectives that emphasize the authentic relationships, individual strengths, and the potential for growth. Interpersonal theories direct my attention to my client’s current and past relational dynamics as I strongly believe that human beings are primarily motivated by the need to establish and maintain relationships.

— Aguirre Center for Inclusive Psychotherapy, Psychologist in Atlanta, GA

Through an interpersonal lens, I am focused on the process of our interactions, the dynamics in your relationship with me and others, the ways in which you might have subtle or more significant reactions to things that happen and how to become more aware of those shame triggers, patterns, behaviors, and symptoms to improve your self-awareness, respond gently to practice self-compassion in difficult moments to healing and improve your responses over time.

— addyson tucker, Psychologist in Providence, RI

I explore the impact of interpersonal relationships on your life and well-being, ranging from early childhood to current relationships, taking into consideration the impact of multicultural issues on the nature of relationships and power dynamics in family, society, the workplace, and other systems. The therapeutic relationship can also be directly processed to strengthen our work together, process how therapy mirrors life, and encourage authenticity and empowerment in the therapeutic space.

— Lutfi Alkaddour, Clinical Psychologist in Chicago, IL

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 Smith-Moore, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

It's all about building a solid relationship with the client, and discovering who they are. Honoring that they know what's best for them, and how to heal. Listening is a big part of this therapy.

— Melody Miller-Hufstedler, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in New Palestine, IN

Interpersonal therapy draws upon attachment and patterns over time, especially in terms of relationships. I love discussing attachment principles. How our bond with our primary caregiver affects our psyche and how we relate and bond with self and others. There is a profound impact on our quality of life and mental health from our attachments. We get to address the therapy relationship, as well, in interpersonal therapy, i.e., how things relate to or affect all of your relationships.

— Colleen Sara, Therapist

IPT is known to be one of the most effective methods of treatment for perinatal mood disorders. IPT helps clients identify sources of their distress and how to alleviate distress. Communication skills that assist in relationship building, strengthening supports and increasing confidence are the primary focus of IPT.

— Kerri-Anne Brown, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Orlando, FL

The underlying problem of human struggles is often interpersonal, whether it be due to oppression or attachment loss or neglect. To bring resolution to this, it is important to address the interpersonal disconnection to repair the rupture. This also means providing the emotional corrective experience that helps to heal the disconnection and rupture. My style in this approach is warm, relational, authentic, and transparent while prioritizing safety at all times.

— Lina Pranata, Psychologist in Seattle, WA

I incorporate evidence-based approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment (ACT) Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, and Cognitive Processing Therapy. Most of us haven’t learned coping skills to help us deal with difficult life circumstances and intense emotions. I promise to listen to you without judging you. You deserve to have a safe place to share your hurt and struggles.

— Emily Crawford-Thompson, Psychologist in COLUMBIA, MO

I help patients to identify how key attachments in our lives can influence our ability to explore and embrace living in the question, which is necessary for healing. The process is 16 weeks in length, structured, and psychoeducational, resulting in life-long learning, self-determination, and growth.

— Deena Hitzke, Counselor in Tucson, AZ