Interpersonal therapy, also called “IPT therapy”, is a short-term talk therapy, done in groups or one-on-one.
It believes that there is a direct link between our relationships and the way we feel.
By fixing our relating issues, we can improve our moods, and by improving our moods, our relationships benefit, in what is a sort of symbiotic relationship.
The focus of interpersonal therapy is on what it calls ‘interpersonal deficits’. These are:
With IPT, after the first few sessions where your therapist gets to know you, the focus is on the relationships you are dealing with here and now.
Instead it focuses on is what is wrong with your relationships and social environments. What patterns are you stuck in that aren’t working for you?
Interpersonal therapy of course discusses your distorted unhelpful thoughts, when they arise in discussions about your relationships. But it doesn’t focus on fixing your thoughts like CBT therapy, which sees thinking as the main cause of mood disorders. Again, here the focus is on relating.
When we have a mood disorder we blame ourselves, and many therapies look to find what is wrong with our thoughts and feelings. Interpersonal therapy looks outward for the causes of your distress. Has there been a role change, such as a new job or breakup? A loss or bereavement? A fight with a colleague? The idea is that solving these exterior issues helps you feel better.
With interpersonal therapy your therapist works to quickly develop an empathetic connection with you.
But it is now also suggested as helpful for the following:
DIT, or ‘dynamic interpersonal therapy’, is also a short-term therapy that focuses on your relationships.
But DIT integrates psychodynamic components. Psychodynamic therapy believes your present day issues are created by unresolved past issues. This means that unlike interpersonal therapy, which focuses on your current relationships, DIT will see you talking about and troubleshooting your past relationships.
Do life events tend to quickly affect your moods? And do you find you often have difficulties communicating or relating to others? Have you struggled with depression and anxiety lately? And want a therapy that doesn't make you endlessly talk about your family and history? Then IPT might be perfect for you.
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