Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
The main focus of IPT is on improving your social functioning and the quality of your relationships. While depression is not always directly caused by negative relationships, strengthening your support network and improving social connections can significantly help reduce the symptoms of depression. While IPT does not ignore previous relationships, it focuses on improving current relationships to make them more meaningful in your life.
IPT addresses and navigates grief, attachment issues, life stage transitions, and so much more. IPT is a short, structured therapy that typically requires fewer than 20 sessions. However, while it is a structured approach, IPT is flexible and can be shaped to use what works for your particular challenges. It has been shown to be effective for children, adolescents, and adults. While initially developed for clients that are struggling with depression, there is also research to support its efficacy for a wider range of diagnoses, such as anxiety, postpartum depression, and posttraumatic stress.