There are many different forms of psychotherapy, each one aimed at providing solutions for a variety of mental and emotional problems. Interpersonal Therapy is just one type of psychotherapy that can help people address issues involving relationships with coworkers, family members, significant others, and more. When someone is struggling with a mental health disorder such as depression, an eating disorder, mood disorder, or addiction, their thoughts and behaviors affect more than just their life, they can affect those with whom they work, live, or interact on a daily basis. Interpersonal therapy can be very beneficial for helping to address maladaptive thoughts and behaviors that impact personal relationships as well as strengthen communication skills in order to resolve and prevent conflict.
Interpersonal Therapy is just one tool used by psychotherapists to help patients better understand the influences behind their life challenges so they can make positive changes that will help them feel more in control and able to live their best life. At Blair Wellness Group, we use Interpersonal Therapy as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy and several other therapeutic modalities and evidence-based treatments to create a personalized therapy plan that will address the unique needs of each person. If you’re looking to get help for your mental and emotional health problems, we encourage you to contact us today to schedule an appointment.
Understanding Interpersonal Therapy
Interpersonal Therapy is a short-term, evidence-based approach to treating a variety of mental health issues. Traditionally used to improve symptoms of depression, Interpersonal Therapy has also been found to be an effective treatment for addiction, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, and more. The primary goal of this therapy is to resolve problems that inhibit positive interpersonal relationships and social interactions. It recognizes the importance of relationships on mental health, and therefore, by improving upon that area, it can have a significant impact on a person’s complete mental wellness.
Some of the areas in which Interpersonal Therapy can help include:
Social isolation is often both a contributor and a product of many mental health disorders. When people are dealing with past trauma, grief, or behavioral conditions that cause them to feel alone or ashamed, they may retreat into isolation because they either want to avoid bringing them out into the open or don’t want to feel like they’re being a burden. Isolating oneself is not only counterproductive, but it often leads to other maladaptive forms of coping such as eating disorders or addiction.
Major life changes sometimes involve trauma that, if left untreated, can evolve into a mental health condition that affects interpersonal relationships. Divorce, chronic health problems, or even the loss of a job can influence someone in a way that makes them want to stop doing the things they once loved to do and withdraw from social situations. They may feel like no one understands their feelings or what they are going through. Emotions of sadness, guilt, and anger can quickly be turned against anyone who tries to help or offer support.
Losing someone or something you love is an unfortunate part of life that can induce feelings of profound sadness, anger, and regret. Sometimes people are so overwhelmed by their emotions that it may seem like there is no hope for a return to a sense of normalcy. People who are profoundly impacted by a loss in their lives may struggle to maintain relationships or find meaning in daily tasks. Until someone comes to terms with their grief, their unresolved feelings can have a detrimental effect on friends and loved ones.
Not all interpersonal challenges stem from other mental health problems. Sometimes the primary driver of unhappiness and unhealthy coping behaviors comes from difficult or problematic relationships. These issues can be attributed to poor or faulty communication, abuse, infidelity, conflicting expectations, and more. It is only through an understanding of the importance of relationships and how they can both negatively and positively affect mental health that one can start to overcome their challenges.
Conditions Treated With Interpersonal Therapy
Interpersonal Therapy has traditionally been used to treat various forms of depression. However, because it focuses on strengthening current relationships and social interactions, it can also be instrumental in dealing with attachment issues, grief, life transitions, and relationship conflicts as well as treating disorders beyond depression. Some of those include:
- Eating disorders
- Borderline personality disorder
- Substance use disorders
- Cyclothymic disorder
- Bipolar disorder
What To Expect From Interpersonal Therapy
Unlike some other forms of psychotherapy, Interpersonal Therapy focuses on current relationships instead of past issues or developmental problems. It is thought that psychological difficulties can be addressed if difficulties in present-day relationships are better understood. Because of this, IPT usually focuses on four areas: relationships as a source of distress, life changes, grief and loss, and difficulty with sustaining positive relationships. Interpersonal Therapy focuses on helping people learn how to improve their relationships with the understanding that as they do, their symptoms will also likely improve.
IPT is structured into three phases. The first phase focuses on performing an interpersonal inventory whereby the psychologist reviews current relationships, behavioral patterns in relationships, as well as the patient’s capacity for intimacy. In the second phase, the psychologist uses specific strategies to help address problem areas and implement solutions. In the final phase, a review is performed to highlight the progress that was made so that patients feel empowered to transition into their new roles.
Contact Blair Wellness Group for Therapy
Relationships have a profound impact on mental and emotional wellness. They can be both the source of problems and a means to solve them. At Blair Wellness Group, we specialize in treating a wide variety of challenges and disorders with unique therapy plans aimed at helping our clients overcome their barriers to happiness. If you’re struggling with depression, anxiety, mood or behavioral disorders, or have relationship or marital problems, please contact Blair Wellness Group today to schedule an appointment.
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