Interpersonal therapy (IPT) is an empirically validated therapeutic approach that focuses on resolving interpersonal issues, which involve relationships and connections with others. This approach focuses on utilizing a time-limited framework to understand the impact that relationships and life events have on mood, thoughts and behaviours. Therapists use an active, collaborative and non-judgmental approach based on attachment and communication theories to help clients resolve symptoms, improve relationships and develop social supports. In addition, the therapeutic process helps therapists uncover biopsychosocial, cultural and spiritual factors that may be contributing to the interpersonal issues the client may be encountering.
Interpersonal therapy can help clients identify and manage psychological stressors that may be influenced by internal factors such as temperament, genetic vulnerability, attachment styles and personality. In addition, therapists help clients highlight the external factors, such as relationships, social supports and environment that may be contributing to their challenges. IPT works towards helping clients resolve the distress that may arise from the interaction of these factors. To achieve this change, therapists utilize techniques such as role-playing and active questioning to help clients improve life and communication skills.
IPT was originally developed to treat major depressive disorder but has shown to be significantly effective in treating a range of mental health concerns including bipolar disorder, eating disorders, anxiety and post-partum depression. As humans, we are social creatures and at times relationships can become strained or challenging. If these challenges are not resolved adequately, other mental health issues can arise. IPT can help any individual resolve interpersonal issues at their conception, avoiding later issues. Interpersonal therapy is particularly effective for couples and families experiencing problems in communication patterns.
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