Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)


Who we help

Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT-A) is a treatment for young people with depression, which looks at the relationships around the young person. IPT‐A helps the young person to make sense of the difficulties they are experiencing and to understand how their relationships with other people contributed to how they feel. 

How we help

IPT-A is usually offered over 12-16 sessions. Parents or carers will be invited to 3 additional sessions, which the young person might also want to join.

The therapist will speak to the young person about their symptoms, what is happening in their relationships week-by-week, and how they feel. 

The therapist will also encourage the young person to sign up their own personal 'recovery team.' The therapist will also support the young person in making positive changes. This might involve help with getting back into routines that have been more difficult since the depressive symptoms started.