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IPT at Optimism

Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) can help with problems such as:

Major depression
Grief
Anxiety
Bulimia Nervosa
Chronic Fatigue
Bipolar Disorder
Dysthymic Disorder

What is IPT?

Interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on relieving symptoms by improving interpersonal functioning.


What is the theory behind IPT?

A central idea in IPT is that psychological symptoms can be understood as a response to current difficulties in everyday relationships with other people.

What will IPT sessions look like?

IPT focuses on four areas: 

Conflict in relationships that is a source of tension and distress.

Life changes, such as job loss or the birth of a child, that affect people's feelings about themselves and others

Grief and loss

Difficulties in starting or sustaining relationships

When people learn effective strategies for dealing with their relationship problems, their symptoms often improve.

How long will IPT last?

IPT is time limited and usually lasts between 12-16 sessions, each session is 60-90 minutes in length, but it can vary person to person.

What will you do outside of your IPT sessions?

IPT can involve activities for you to do outside your sessions. This might include observing your behaviours, interactions and relationships with others, filling in worksheets, keeping a diary or practicing techniques and skills learnt in session. It can be helpful if you are able to commit your own time to complete the work over the course of treatment.

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