IPT Interpersonal Psychotherapy - Depression
I am a registered IPT Therapist and Supervisor with IPT-UK; please find me on a therapist.
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 weekly (breaks can be arranged to accommodate other commitments) session can also be done over the internet using Skype, Zoom or Face Time. All session material can be emailed in advance of each session.
IPT is divided into three phases of treatment
Initial phase - In this phase we explore your experience of depression, the onset and triggers. In addition we will identify whether there have been any previous episodes of depression. We will explore the intensity and duration of your symptoms and the impact on daily functioning. In this phase we will identify what contributes to the maintenance of your symptoms of depression. In addition, together we will identify a focal area to work on which will inform the work to be done in the middle phase of treatment.
The focal area There are four focal areas;
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 your role in life has changed, 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 would normally be expected (beyond a year) 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 will help you 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 successful 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.