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

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
 

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

So what even is Interpersonal Therapy? It is a form of therapy that focuses on you and your relationships with others. The idea is that by examining and improving the quality of relationships with others, we can improve our mental wellbeing. We can improve our relationships with others and ourselves by teasing out the patterns we use in relationships and switching to more helpful patterns. Give me a call to see how you can benefit from this.

— Coral Sanchez, Associate Professional Counselor in Newport Beach, CA

Our world is made up of relationships, and problems with relationships often lead to finding ways to make the world more manageable. Interpersonal Therapy is a way of looking at relationships, thoughts, families and systems that people are a part of, and early attachment to help people understand how they are functioning in the world and why they may use certain coping techniques to manage their world. It can also be a way to examine techniques that are working and how to change what is not.

— Joy Zelikovsky, Psychologist in ,
 

In therapy, my goal is to create a safe and welcoming environment where clients can be themselves. I aim to support clients as they share the aspects of their lives they are unhappy with and offer caring exploration along the way. Through an approach of understanding and insight, I work to help clients live healthier and more satisfying lives.

— Whitney Showler, Marriage & Family Therapist in Culver City, CA
 

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
 

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

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 use the therapeutic relationship to provide immediate feedback on your thought patterns, your reactions to what we are talking about, and your body language in the immediacy of therapy. I do this within a safe, compassionate and genuine therapeutic environment. The feedback I provide is based on your needs, and stated goals in therapy. I gently challenge the ways that make you feel stuck with your challenges by helping you connect your past relational patterns to your present, and who you are.

— Lavanya Devdas, Psychologist in Doylestown, PA

You may relate to others based on your family, past or current experiences, cultural identities, or other factors that have impacted your development. When a therapeutic alliance is formed, gradually an individual's relational style will also start to occur in our work. For instance, if you relate to others through the use of humor, we will examine how this benefits you and/or could be hindering your relationships. This approach to therapy can help you gain insight into your relational style.

— Marshall Bewley, Psychologist in Denton, TX