Interpersonal Therapy for Depression and Low Mood


What is Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)?

Interpersonal Therapy, or also referred to as IPT, focuses on how our mood impacts our relationships, and how our relationships impact our mood. The underlying belief of Interpersonal Therapy is that symptoms, such as depression, are often a result of difficulties one has with interactions within relationships, both now and previously. The resulting symptoms (eg. depression) would in turn, impact the quality of future interactions and relationships, causing a cycle of poor quality future relationships.

Interpersonal Therapy for depression and low mood is especially helpful for people experiencing these symptoms in the context of:

  • Bereavement / Grief
  • Relationship Difficulties (e.g. with a partner, friend, colleague)
  • Difficulties making and maintaining relationships
  • Life transitions (e.g. becoming a parent, changing jobs, retirement, development of an illness).

The treatment aims to understand the links between symptoms of low mood in the context of your past and present relationships, and think about ways of drawing on social support to help you manage and work through whichever of the above focal areas is troubling you.

Do you have questions?

It's not unusual to have questions about what type(s) of therapy may be suitable for you.

We're here to help. Please don't hesitate to get in touch so we can discuss what might help you.

Counselling Psychology Online: Interpersonal Therapy for depression and low mood


For further information, or to begin your interpersonal therapy for depression or low mood,  please contact us today. Working with all clients including children, adolescents, couples, adults and families, Counselling Psychology Online provides bespoke therapies.

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