Interpersonal Therapy

Healthy relationships are the foundation to a healthy life.

That’s why focusing on your interactions and relationships—through Interpersonal Therapy—can significantly improve mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety. 

Interpersonal Psychotherapy, also known as IPT, is an evidenced-based treatment that focuses on interpersonal issues in order to improve emotional distress. 

It’s based on the theory that quality of our lives are somewhat influenced by our interactions with other people, and that positive interpersonal interactions are necessary for good mental health. 

If we have more positive interactions with other people than negative, we will likely be more optimistic than vice versa. 

If we are unhappy or pessimistic about our interactions with other people, our interactions may be more complicated, as our personalities may be influenced by our interaction with other people. 

This form of treatment was developed based on empirical evidence that demonstrates the correlation between mood symptoms and interpersonal relationships, and is intended to support improved mood by increasing your social support as well as improving the quality of your interpersonal functioning. 

It is also designed to treat many mental health issues including depression, anxiety, disordered eating, substance abuse issues, postpartum depression, social phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, and dysthymia. 

Interpersonal Psychotherapy recognizes the strong impact of social relationships, both in contributing to unwanted mental health symptoms, as well as inversely, recognizing the positive impact that making changes in your social environment can have. 

Strong interpersonal relationships and social support are crucial to good mental health, and a strong support system is immensely helpful in recovery. 

Interpersonal therapy can help in things such as discourse between those close to you, role disputes, life transitions, grief, and attachment issues. 

IPT works from the premise that relational distress is attached to psychological and emotional symptoms. 

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The Pros of IPT

Research-based, personalized therapy.

At My LA Therapy, our warm and experienced therapists specialize in anxiety, depression, trauma, & relationships.

Limiting Factors of IPT

When participating in Interpersonal Psychotherapy treatment, you can expect to take a closer look at your social support network, communication style, and relational tendencies with others, as well as learn and practice new ways to expand your social support systems and deepen your existing relationships. 

At My LA Therapy, we will integrate IPT with other empirically based therapeutic modalities to create a customized approach tailored to your individual needs. 

The goal of Interpersonal Psychotherapy is to support you in identifying and modifying problems within your interpersonal relationships in order to stabilize your mood and foster a stronger sense of community.

Our Therapy Methods

Therapy can improve your life by minimizing the anxiety in your life, identifying and changing underlying thought and behavioral patterns that contribute to your struggles, and providing you with strategies to decrease discomfort while restoring an overall sense of peace.

See the About Therapy page for a deeper look into this process. 

Our evidence-based, scientifically proven interventions are demonstrated by research to be effective in addressing a wide range of mental health and interpersonal relationship issues. 

Learn more about our empirically based therapy modalities by visiting our Methods page. 

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