What is Interpersonal Psychotherapy?
Interpersonal therapy (IPT) is a form of therapy that uses interpersonal relationships and social spaces as a medium for mental health. IPT aims to lessen mental distress and relieve symptoms by enriching an individual’s relationships. With trained mental health professionals, this form of therapy can help manage psychological disorders.
IPT is an incredibly goal-oriented and time-limited form of therapy. As such, people undergoing IPT may notice that they do not explore their past or unconscious. Rather, they focus on the present and their relationships. Along with individual counselling, IPT therapy is a great way to improve your mood, outlook and relationship.
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How does IPT Therapy work?
Interpersonal psychotherapy usually has several limited sessions that can be done individually or as a group. It can be done with highly important people to you and will often resemble family counselling or even couples counselling. On average, IPT therapy can last between 12-16 sessions
Interpersonal psychotherapy focus on these four areas: Relationship conflicts Impactful life changes, such as the sudden death of a loved one or the birth of a child, Grief and loss, Difficulties in starting, maintaining, or repairing relationships.
IPT therapy aims to provide you with a healthy support system, along with valuable and safe coping mechanisms. Once an individual finishes their sessions, it is expected that they would have found significant improvements in their mental health and relations.
What is Interpersonal Therapy?
Interpersonal psychotherapy is a common psychotherapy process that is usually used to treat mood disorders, including depression, anorexia, or bulimia.
IPT therapy is time-limited and highly structured. Unlike psychoanalysis, interpersonal therapy focuses on the present. Therapists present active and supportive solutions to current problems, but do not dwell on past traumas, childhood experiences, repressed memories.
Unlike other forms of therapy, IPT examines current social relations and relationship interactions. This shows how interpersonal therapists see the impacts of the social on psychological disorders. As a whole IPT therapy aims to further improve existing relationships to help with an individual’s mental health progress.
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