What is interpersonal psychotherapy?
Interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) is a short-term, focused therapy developed to help patients resolve current concerns and improve their everyday relationships with family, friends and colleagues. It relies on a uniquely structured model that is easily adaptable, allowing IPT to be used in the treatment of a variety of mild to moderate mental health problems.
What is IPT in Perth used to treat?
Interpersonal therapy was initially used in the treatment of depression in adults. IPT has since been modified to also treat other mental health issues in both adults and adolescents, including:
- Social Phobia
- Disordered Eating
- Posttraumatic Stress
- Postpartum Depression
- Substance Abuse
- Persistent Depression (Dysthymia)
Although these mental health problems aren’t always a direct result of negative relationships, we know that relationship issues tend to be one of the most common symptoms in their initial stages. Once the problems have been addressed, these strengthened interpersonal relationships can serve as a vital support network during the rest of your recovery process.
Interpersonal relationship issues we’ve helped with
Most of the time, interpersonal therapists provide active, non-judgemental treatment designed to help patients successfully handle challenges in their everyday relationships and improve their overall mental health. The types of things that our fully certified team of therapists can help you resolve include:
- Role disputes
- Shortcomings in interpersonal relationships
- Various types of conflict in interpersonal relationships
- Life stage transitions
- Other attachment issues
The immediate goal of this treatment is the rapid reduction of symptoms and better social adjustment. No matter the mental health issues you may be dealing with, the long term goal is to help you make the adjustments you need to on your own. Once you’re able to do that, you will be better able to cope with and reduce the symptoms of your specific condition.
What is involved in interpersonal therapy in Perth?
Although adaptable, IPT is a manual based therapy that follows a specific formula. It is designed to treat the symptoms of various mental health disorders – not the underlying causes. It generally involves 12-16 one hour weekly sessions, during which our therapists focus on the identifiable problems in how you do or don’t interact with others.
During this time, you may be able to experience relief from symptoms and eventually begin to work on the root issues – often sooner than is possible with other forms of therapy. Our therapists may use a number of techniques, such as role-playing, in order to help you adjust how you relate to the world and the people around you.
Is this the right treatment for you?
As interpersonal therapy is a short-term model, it’s less likely that you will want to drop out of treatment; but IPT can only be truly effective if you commit to completing the entire course. In order for interpersonal psychotherapy to be effective, the most important thing is that you will need to be willing to examine your own role in any problems you are experiencing. If you are ready to do these two things – then we are here to help you work on your interpersonal relationships.