Our well-being is largely dependent on the quality and harmony of our relationships. Interpersonal problems can cause us significant distress, whether due to a conflict with others, the loss of a loved one, loneliness, a breakup, or social uncertainty. If interpersonal problems become a pattern in our lives, distress can evolve into depression, and other mood disorders can be exacerbated.
The goal of Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) is to relieve depression and other mood disorders by focusing on underlying relational issues rather than on symptoms. IPT consists of four different components to improve a person’s social environment, coping, and interpersonal functioning. The first aim is to improve a person’s social environment. This may involve strategies to reduce social isolation or involvement in unfulfilling relationships and to increase engagement in desired relationships. Second, if the client experienced an onset of symptoms following the death of a loved one, IPT will help with managing grief. Third, IPT focuses on assisting the client in coping with life transitions that involve interpersonal difficulties or loss, such as divorce, moving out of town, empty-nesting, and retirement. Lastly, IPT helps the client to manage conflicts that arise in relationships with their partner, family members, friends, and coworkers.
IPT is a solution-focused and insight-based therapy approach. You might like IPT if you want to learn practical strategies for improved communication and coping, while also receiving support from your therapist who will listen carefully to the interpersonal issues in your life and help you to clarify your goals and priorities.
Speak with an Interpersonal Therapy Specialist in Newport Beach.
Our highly-trained Newport Beach interpersonal therapy professionals are ready and able to help you through the process at every turn. To start your journey, contact one of our therapists in Newport Beach that specializes in interpersonal therapy.
Curry Psychology Group offers interpersonal therapy in Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Santa Anna, Fountain Valley, Lake Forest, Laguna Beach, Laguna Niguel, Mission Viejo, and all of Orange County. If you have any questions about interpersonal therapy or are not sure about how to get started, contact us anytime!