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Are you interested in the field of counselling and psychotherapy or just starting out in your training? Trying to get to grips with the many different approaches and decide which are right for you? This book can help! An ideal introductory text that assumes no prior knowledge, leading authors in the field provide overviews of 26 counselling and psychotherapy approaches in accessible, jargon-free terms. Each approach is discussed using the same framework to enable easy comparison and evaluation, covering: • Development of the Therapy • Theory and Basic Concepts • Practice • Which Clients Benefit Most? • Case study Four further chapters offer an insight into the therapeutic relationship, working with diversity, professional issues, and research, while resources such as suggested reading, discussion issues, appendices of further information and a ...
Chapter 21: Interpersonal Psychotherapy
Interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) is a manualised,1 time-limited, supportive and structured therapy that is used primarily for the treatment of depression, whereby the therapist particularly focuses on the client’s interpersonal issues.
IPT focuses on understanding how interpersonal problems can result in a person becoming depressed, as well as how depression can lead to difficulties within relationships. A goal is to foster a greater understanding of the nature of depression and to identify interpersonal factors that may have led to the onset or maintenance of problems. IPT helps the client explore interpersonal difficulties in the here and now to bring about change and improve mood. Problem areas that are explored during the process include: role transitions (e.g. moving house, divorce), complicated bereavement ...