Interpersonal therapy

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Interpersonal therapy (IPT) is an evidence based psychological intervention that is recommended by The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) for the treatment of depression.

The goals of IPT are:

  •  To reduce the symptoms of your depression
  •  To improve the quality of your social functioning and interpersonal relationships.

IPT is a structured yet flexible brief psychological therapy that actively encourages you to engage your wider network to help achieve change. It consists of three phases of treatment, the beginning or assessment phase, treatment and ending and is offered on an individual basis with the aim to have weekly appointments and complete the treatment over 12 sessions.

The main focus of the therapy is identifying the links between our symptoms of depression and our interpersonal relationships. The central idea is that when a person is able manage a relationship problem more effectively, their symptoms of depression will often improve. In turn if we can reduce the symptoms of depression relationships will improve.

Following the completion of the initial assessment phase you, with your therapist will identify one of the four areas that IPT focuses on.

  •  Conflict with another person
  •  Adjustment to life changes
  •  Grief and bereavement
  •  Interpersonal sensitivities (difficulties in starting or maintaining relationships).

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