We've all had negative interactions in our personal and professional lives that leave us feeling put-off, frustrated or anxious. If these negative interactions continue, real anxiety, depression and insomnia can result. Traditional therapy focuses on working through and learning how to manage these mood disorders which can be a drawn out process. Interpersonal therapy is more focused on the immediate root causes. What is it about your behavior and the behavior of those around you that is leading to negativity? And more importantly, what can you do about it?
WHAT IS INTERPERSONAL THERAPY?
Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) is based on the idea that mood disorders like anxiety and depression are often linked to negative interactions with others.
IPT therapists help patients identify problematic social behaviors and tendencies that can lead to stress, anxiety and insomnia.
IPT therapists then develop a plan to correct these behaviors and tendencies in order to improve relationships and help their patients avoid harmful negativity.
IPT has a timeline of 12-16 weeks and is conducted in one-on-one or group sessions.
IPT is a clinically proven, time-tested therapy that has helped thousands lessen or altogether overcome feelings of anxiety, depression and insomnia.
WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT FROM A TYPICAL IPT SESSION?
Let's take a look at Lisa's group IPT session. It's the group's third session, so the therapist is still in the process of helping patients identify negative behaviors or tendencies. Lisa has been experiencing intense anxiety the past couple days and the therapist asks her to recall a negative interaction with her son several days ago. The therapist walks Lisa through the interaction step by step and helps her to understand that her need to improve as a listener is the root cause of the negative interaction. Now that the therapist has helped Lisa identify this issue, the next IPT sessions will involve formulating a plan of action to help her become a better listener and avoid similar situations in the future.
WHY IS INTERPERSONAL THERAPY A PRACTICAL TREATMENT OPTION?
Interpersonal Therapy is a solution-based treatment designed to identify tangible issues in one's life and to formulate a concrete plan that addresses those issues. There is a definitive start and definitive end to the treatment; nothing open-ended or left to interpretation. Along with adopting healthy lifestyle habits like exercising, eating well and introducing stress-management supplements like 1Hour Break into your daily routine, following your IPT treatment plan can set you up for emotional well being for the rest of your life.
ADDITIONAL IPT RESOURCES
If you're looking for more info on Interpersonal Therapy, The IPT Institute details the history of the use of Interpersonal Therapy for mental and psychological disorders and distress. They also provide a directory of IPT-certified clinicians and IPT-certified therapists that you can contact if you're interested in learning more about Interpersonal Therapy.