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Interpersonal Therapy in London

Are you constantly depressed because of conflict with others around you? Wouldn’t it be nice if you could handle life’s challenges more confidently and easily? It might be a good idea for you to consider interpersonal therapy.  

What is interpersonal psychotherapy?

We believe that relationships and our low moods are strongly connected, which is why interpersonal therapy is a short-term therapy.

Learning to navigate changes in our social environments better and recognizing the problems we have with relating can improve our moods.  

How is IPT therapy different to other talk therapies?

Again, it emphasizes your social interaction and how you affect and are affected by others. Other therapies can look within, at your thinking and unresolved past issues, to find the solution to your issues, while this therapy looks at external factors, what is going on around you.

In the same way as CBT therapy, IPT focuses on the present, looking at recent life challenges. Compared to CBT, IPT psychotherapy is less structured and focuses more on your relationship with your therapist, which is warm and supportive.


The benefits of interpersonal therapy

You can benefit from working with an IPT therapist in the following ways:

  • Communicate your feelings and needs more effectively
  • Having a more balanced emotional state
  • Increase your trust in yourself and others
  • Improve social support systems by building and sustaining them
  • Gain a greater sense of confidence and self-esteem
  • When faced with challenges and upsets, they are more resilient
  • Find solutions to relationship problems.

IPT Therapists at Expert Therapy London

Our expert psychotherapists and counselling psychologists are trained at top universities and have a minimum of five years of experience, making it easier for you to select a therapist.

We have offices at Expert therapy and some IPT therapists offer online sessions as well. Get started by calling us now or using our online booking form.


Interpersonal therapy for depression

Depression was originally treated with interpersonal therapy as a quick intervention. NICE (the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) recommends it as a treatment for depression if your depression is severe and hasn’t responded to other treatments like CBT.


ITP has been found effective for a wide range of ages, including adolescents with depression and anger1, and the elderly with low moods due to life changes2.


What issues can ITP treatment help with?

It is recommended that interpersonal therapy be used for the following conditions as well as depression:

  • anxiety
  • bipolar disorder
  • eating disorders
  • family issues
  • life change (divorce, retirement, moving country)
  • loneliness
  • grief and bereavement
  • midlife crisis
  • post-natal depression
  • post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • relationship problems
  • social phobias.

How many sessions will I need?

You will generally work with your therapist for 12 to 16 weeks during short-term therapy. In your first meeting, you can discuss and decide on this.


Further reading

Interpersonal Therapy vs DIT – Are They the Same Thing or Different?

Long or Short-Term Therapy? Questions to Ask Yourself

How to Know if You Are Depressed – Ask These Twelve Questions

Healthy Relationships – Is It One?