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Interpersonal Therapy is a form of psychotherapy that is based on exploring issues in relationships with other people. It focuses on the patient’s relationship with family members and peers and the manner in which they view themselves. The goal of Interpersonal therapy is to identify and modify problems in order to comprehend, understand and manage those relationship issues.

This type of therapy is often short-term (12 to16 one hour weekly sessions) but shows rapid symptom reduction and improved social adjustment. It is typically used to treat depression. Therapists don’t address personality issues but rather focus on how an individual interacts with others and addresses those problems.

Techniques of Interpersonal therapy include:

  • Identification of emotion
  • Expression of emotion
  • Dealing with emotional baggage