About | Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)
The causes of depression can often be traced to aspects of social functioning (work, relationships, social roles) and personality. Therefore, the underlying assumption with interpersonal therapy is that depression and interpersonal problems are interrelated.
The goal of interpersonal therapy is to help the person understand how these factors are operating in their current life situation thus leading them to become depressed and put them at risk to future depression.
The therapy occurs in three main phases:
- an evaluation of the patient’s history
- an exploration of the patient’s interpersonal problem area and a contract for treatment
- recognition and consolidation by the patient of what has been learnt and developing ways of identifying and countering depressive symptoms in the future.
Usually 12-16 sessions of IPT will be required.