Interpersonal psychotherapy focuses on addressing interpersonal difficulties and facilitates symptomatic improvement. IPT is less structured than Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. Theme of IPT revolves around situations which lead to interpersonal difficulties like grief, interpersonal role disputes, role transitions and helps client to develop self‑reliance to deal with these situations. It uses strategies that include eliciting emotional expression to facilitate grief, analyzing impasses in communication and their resolution, acceptance of problems that can not be changed and encouragement to try different types of social activities to reduce social isolation.
Aim of therapy: Helping client to find disputes, identify them, and enabling to deal effectively.
IPT is useful in following conditions
1. Depressive disorders
2. Bipolar Depression
3. Peripartum and postpartum depression
4. Anxiety disorders
5. Trauma and stress related disorders
Sessions: IPT is a brief, weekly psychotherapy that is usually conducted for 12 to 16 weeks.