Blue Talking Therapies

Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)

Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) is a structured therapy for people suffering with low mood or depression.

A central idea in IPT is that psychological symptoms, such as depressed mood, can be understood as a response to current difficulties in our everyday interactions with others. In turn, the depressed mood can also affect the quality of these interactions. When a person is able to interact more effectively with others, their psychological symptoms often improve.

IPT typically focuses on the following relationship areas:

  • Conflict with another person
  • Life changes that affect how you feel about yourself and others
  • Grief and loss
  • Difficulty in starting or keeping relationships going

If IPT is recommended, you’ll usually have a session with a therapist once a week. The course of treatment tends to go up to a maximum of 16 sessions, with each session lasting approximately 60 minutes.