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Interpersonal Therapy


Interpersonal Therapy is used to address mental issues such as depression. The therapist focuses on central issues that they believe contributes to emotional distress, placing strong emphasis on personal relationships. It is generally practiced as a brief form of therapy and can be used both in conjunction with or as an alternative to medication.

History

Interpersonal therapy originates from the work and theories of 1930's psychiatrist Harry Sullivan. He suggested that his patient's interpersonal contact with others might help to shed light on their mental disorders. In the 1980s Gerald Klerman and Myrna Weissman developed the approach by using interpersonal theories in a study of depression treatments. Its usage has since been expanded to treat other conditions such as eating disorders.

Approach

Interpersonal therapy does not belong to any particular school of psychotherapy, but is based on the experimental work of individual practitioners. The approach is concerned with reducing the symptoms of depressionand improving the client's interpersonal interaction with others.

How can it help?

Interpersonal Psychotherapy focuses on issues that may cause depression such as bereavement and personal disputes. It has been used to addressteenage issues such as conflict with parents, peer pressure and sexual relationships. Problems such as drug abuse and isolation are also confronted. Sessions take place in a group and individual basis.



Interpersonal psychotherapy resources

International Society For Interpersonal Psychotherapy

 
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