What is Interpersonal Psychotherapy?
IPT (interpersonal psychotherapy) is a structured and time limited psychotherapy. It usually takes place over sixteen sessions. Primarily, it is used in the treatment of depression. There is also evidence that it can be effective in treating eating disorders.
Research shows that when people have mental health problems, they often find it difficult to connect with others and maintain positive relationships. Often, the people around us are those who can offer us the most support to get better. We also know that people are more likely to develop mental health problems if they do not have social support in a time of difficulty. IPT focuses on both exploring the reasons for a person’s problems, both short and long term, but it also concentrates on helping people build up their networks of social support and the quality of their existing relationships. This helps maximise recovery.