Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)

Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) is recommended by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) as evidence-based effective psychological intervention for depression. It focuses on the reciprocal interaction between the symptoms of depression and relationships, which may precipitate and maintain depression. A course of IPT typically lasts for 16 sessions, but may be delivered between 12-20 sessions as required. A focal area for therapy is required from the following potential areas:

  • Role transition
  • Interpersonal conflict
  • Complicated grief
  • Longstanding difficulties developing and maintaining relationships

The goals of IPT are to:                                                                                                        

  • Reduce the symptoms of depression
  • To improve the quality of the client’s social and interpersonal functioning

IPT has also been adapted for use with clients with bulimia and bipolar disorder.

Dr Heather Langham is an Accredited Interpersonal Psychotherapy Practitioner and is pleased to offer initial consultations to consider suitability for this therapy.  Contact Heather Langham

For further information about IPT, please read this Interpersonal Psychotherapy Leaflet developed by University College London:


An IPT self-help book is “Defeating Depression – How to use the people in your life to open the door to recovery” by Roslyn Law.



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