Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)

Relationships, whether family-based, romantic, friendly, or platonic, have the power to mold our personality and shape us into the person we are today. In some ways, they enrich our lives and instill the sense of belonging among a group of people. Relationships, however, are quite complicated by nature and can have a dramatic impact on our mental health.

What is Interpersonal Therapy?

Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) is a method that focuses on how relationships and other psychological difficulties affect us and our relationship with people around us. This therapy was developed in 1970s and utilizes a structured model for treating a variety of issues, including eating disorders, anxiety, depression, and others. The concept behind this technique is to treat psychological problems by testing and improving the communication patterns and evaluating how patients relate to others.

Depression and other psychological issues are not always the result of a bad relationship or traumatic event. However, they can affect relationships and give rise to complications with interpersonal connections. The primary goal of IPT is to make communication better with other and nip the problems in the bud that are causing depression.

It has also been found that Interpersonal Therapy can prove to be as effective as antidepressants, which are prescribed for treating depression. Due to this, doctors use IPT and antidepressant medication in combination in severe cases.

How IPT Works

At The LaCava Center, our aim is to provide our patients with high-quality, personalized care. Our therapists work closely with you to pinpoint the issues, offer accurate diagnosis, and recommend effective treatments.

The therapy comprises of a one-on-one session with one of our therapists, where they communicate with you in a friendly way to help you feel comfortable in describing your problems. Based on the information you provide during the session, they work on identifying potential issues and come up with a treatment outline. A typical program takes up to 10 to 20 minutes, one-hour sessions to successfully resolve your issues.

Interpersonal Therapy isn’t about exploring the outset of your current behavior and feelings. Instead, it concentrates on the realities causing the depression and find ways for you to overcome them. It evaluates recent and past difficulties and events that contribute to symptoms. This is what makes IPT different from other psychotherapies.

What Conditions can be Treated Using IPT

Aside from depression and anxiety, IPT can also treat:

  • Panic disorder
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Eating disorders
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Protracted bereavement
  • Marital disputes
  • Dysthymia
  • Substance abuse
  • Depression caused by a disease
  • Depression caused by events and relationships

National entities, such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and American Psychological Association (APA), recognize Interpersonal Therapy as a highly effective for treating psychological health issues. Based on the severity of condition, it can either be administered as a solo therapy or in combination with medications.

How The LaCava Center can help you

At The LaCava Center, we have a team of therapists who have in-depth knowledge and extensive practical experience of working with patients and resolving their mental health issues. If you like to schedule an appointment with our doctors or learn more about IPT, you should contact us today. We an office in St. Charles and cater to patients in all of the surrounding areas.

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