Interpersonal therapy is an evidence-based treatment for a variety of mental health disorders, from depression and bipolar disorder to substance abuse and eating disorders. Designed to relieve symptoms in a short amount of time, this approach focuses on present-day issues with attention to the ways past experiences, personality and attachment style inform today’s challenges.
The Benefits of Interpersonal Therapy
The primary goals of interpersonal therapy are to:
- Alleviate psychiatric symptoms
- Improve communication and coping skills
- Explore healthy ways to identify and express emotions
- Develop a social support network to rely on in times of stress
- Resolve relationship issues that are impacting the client’s mood and functioning
Interpersonal therapy has been proven effective by over 250 studies for people of various ages, from children to the elderly, in both individual and group settings. It has been recognized for its effectiveness by the American Psychological Association and the American Psychiatric Association.
What to Expect in Interpersonal Therapy
Developed in the 1970s by Gerald Klerman and Myrna Weissman, interpersonal therapy has roots in cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic approaches and attachment theory. It is grounded in the biopsychosocial model and recognizes that psychological symptoms are often related to relationship conflicts and issues.
With guidance from a supportive, non-judgmental therapist, clients explore grief, attachment issues, stressful life events and transitions, and past and present interpersonal challenges. Some of the tools used to resolve these issues include the interpersonal inventory, communication analysis, role playing and the interpersonal triad.
To learn more about Interpersonal Therapy, call 17135283709