treatment approaches - qualia psychology


Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) is a short-term psychotherapy that focuses on interpersonal issues, which are presumed to be the reason for ongoing psychological problems. IPT seeks to help individuals evaluate specific problem areas in their lives, such as conflicts with family or friends or significant life changes.

Techniques of interpersonal therapy include:

1. Identification of Emotion – Helping the person identify what their emotion is and where it is coming from

2. Expression of Emotion – This involves helping the person express their emotions in a health way
3. Learning skills to improve current relationships – Often, people bring unresolved issues from past relationships to their present relationships. By looking at how these past relationships affect their present mood and behaviour, they are in a better position to be objective in their present relationship

The evidence for IPT supports its use for a variety of mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and eating disorders, and for a wide range of people from children and adolescents to the elderly.