IPT Interpersonal Psychotherapy - Depression

I am a registered IPT Therapist and Supervisor with IPT-UK; please find me on www.iptuk.net/findtherapist.


IPT is an evidence based intervention specifically designed for the treatment and management of moderate to severe depression. IPT can be used as a stand alone treatment or in conjunction with anti-depressant medication. 


IPT is a  full treatment plan for depression lasting between 12-16 sessions which are attended weekly (breaks can be arranged to accommodate other commitments)

IPT is divided into three phases of treatment

Initial phase - In this phase we explore the clients own experience

of depression, when it began, we will identify whether there have been any prior episodes of depression. We will explore the intensity and duration of the clients symptoms to help them identify what triggers and maintains their symptoms of depression. In addition together we will identify a focal area to work on which will inform the middle phase of treatment. 

The focal area (4 sessions) consist of: Role Dispute; this means there is an ongoing dispute with one person, where your expectations of each other are mis matched. This could be a parent, a partner or a friend. 


Role Transition; this mean when you role in life changes, such as moving from one thing to another, a relationship, job, any right of passage, becoming single, getting married.


Complicated Bereavement; this means that you feeling of grief have gone on for longer much than you had expected and you are struggling to come to terms with the loss.

Interpersonal Sensitivities; this means that all relationships at one time or another prove difficult, this includes forming and maintaining relationship in forming and maintaining all forms of relationships, this in turn can lead to the client choosing to isolating themselves to avoids further difficulties.

The middle phase: (5 sessions) this  is where we work on the focal area that we have collaboratively identified and agreed upon in the initial phase of treatment. We will explore the current difficulties and look at strategies to manage the difficulties using a mixture of IPT specific strategies, psycho-education and general strategies. In this phase of treatment, we practice strategies in and between sessions. The strategies that we practice help the client to manage the symptoms of depression that are associated with the current episode of depression.

The end phase (3 session) in this phase of treatment we are preparing for the end of treatment, whilst continuing to do the middle phase work. In this phase we develop a relapse prevention plan or a continued improvement plan , depending on the progress made in sessions. The relapse plan serves as a reminder of the things you did in therapy that helped you to feel better and what to do should you begin to feel low in the future. 

Typically people that commit to this intervention have very good outcomes. A PHQ-9 (Patient health questionnaire) is used to monitor the clients journey through treatment. Any queries please do not hesitate to contact me for a free consultation on 07711238520 and a  pre screening for suitability for treatment.