Interpersonal therapy

Interpersonal therapy (IPT) is an evidence-based psychological intervention. It is recommended by The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) for the treatment of depression.

The goals of IPT

  • To reduce the symptoms of your depression
  • To improve the quality of social functioning and interpersonal relationships.

IPT is a structured yet flexible brief psychological therapy that actively encourages you to engage your wider network. It consists of three phases of treatment; the beginning or assessment phase, treatment and ending. It is offered on an individual basis. You will have weekly appointments and complete the treatment over twelve sessions.

The main focus is identifying links between symptoms of depression and interpersonal relationships. The idea is that when a person is able manage a relationship problem more effectively, their symptoms of depression will improve. In turn, if we can reduce the symptoms of depression, relationships will improve.

Please note that the video on this page was recorded when the service was called Steps2Change

Following the completion of the initial assessment , you and your therapist will identify an area for IPT.

  • Conflict with another person.
  • Adjustment to life changes.
  • Grief and bereavement.
  • Interpersonal sensitivities (difficulties in starting or maintaining relationships).

"IPT has helped give me the tools I needed to address my depression."

"It’s been really good to have someone listen to me. I have a better understanding of what was going on in my life."

"I have felt consistently supported and enlightened. I feel comforted to know such support exists."