Interpersonal and Psychodynamic Therapy
Interpersonal Therapy focuses on the current relationships a patient has with family members, colleagues, and other persons in the patient’s circle. The therapist client relationship is of key importance in this modality as interpersonal problems may present in the therapy room and can be addressed and resolved. There are both short and long term forms of this therapy. In the short-term, the therapist and patient meet on a weekly basis for several months. IPT-M, the longer maintenance form of this therapy, involves monthly sessions over a period of two to three years. This therapy can work wonders by uncovering the interpersonal sources of emotional discontent which often initiate or exacerbate depressive episodes. Once an area of stress has been discovered, the therapist and patient then move toward identifying and expressing the underlying emotions surrounding the stressor. Psychodynamic therapy explores how early relationships and experiences impact the psychological development of an individual. This approach to treatment can often continue for long periods of time and weekly sessions may be ongoing for two, three or more years.