• Entry
  • Reader's guide
  • Entries A-Z
  • Subject index

Interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) is an evidence-based, time-limited therapeutic approach designed to decrease symptoms of major depression and enhance overall psychosocial functioning. IPT is based on the premise that psychiatric disorders often occur in the context of significant interpersonal relationships. Although initially created to treat symptoms of major depressive disorder, IPT has been shown to be highly efficacious in treating multiple psychiatric conditions and a wide range of client populations.

Historical Context

IPT was developed by Gerald Klerman and Myrna Weissman and their colleagues in 1969, as a time-limited approach for the treatment of major depression. Since its creation, IPT has become widely utilized among mental health practitioners due to its relative ease of use. Over the years, IPT has been successfully modified to treat a number ...

    • Loading...
    locked icon

    Sign in to access this content

    Get a 30 day FREE TRIAL

    • Watch videos from a variety of sources bringing classroom topics to life
    • Read modern, diverse business cases
    • Explore hundreds of books and reference titles