Interpersonal therapy (IPT) is a therapeutic approach that encourages clients to regain control of their mood. Generally short-term (12-16 weeks), IPT has a goal of rapid symptom reduction, concentrating on interpersonal issues and focusing on the way symptoms are related to a person's relationships. IPT does not address personality issues and instead centers around tackling identifiable problems in how an individual relates to and interacts with others. While interpersonal therapy is primarily used in treating depression, it has been successfully adopted to treat conditions ranging from substance abuse to eating disorders.
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How we relate and engage with others in the world likely plays a major role in how we experience our lives. Understanding what works for you and what isn\'t working for you can go a long way in developing better and more rewarding relationships. Let counseling help you gain insight and skills in enhancing your interpersonal relational skills.
My work focuses on the interpersonal connections we form throughout our lives. Whether that with your partner, family, friends, or with me, we will focus on learning to connect authentically and vulnerably in our sessions together. I have studied Diana Fosha's AEDP and Irving Yalom's group therapy techniques to advance my understanding of interpersonal psychotherapy.
Many people come to therapy because of problems in their relationships with others--such as partners, parents, children, relatives, bosses, classmates, and co-workers. We can't change these people, but we can change how we respond to them. In interpersonal therapy, we explore your relationship patterns, and try out new ways of communicating and expressing your needs.
Often the focus of therapy is your social roles and relationships. I believe that this is the arena of our life where many of our greatest strengths as well as struggles are born. I have extensively studied and practiced with a focus on trauma, attachment, and relationships.
I include the \'interpersonal\' orientation to communicate the fact that as a therapist I participate fully in the therapeutic process. The relationship between therapist and patient is the single most important factor for the effectiveness of psychotherapy.
I create a safe space for self-exploration by integrating humor with close attention to building rapport. While maintaining a warm, curious, and non-judgmental stance, I help you look deeply at your internalized narrative, creating opportunities to build a stronger, more positive self.
I have advanced training and experience working within an interpersonal theoretical approach, including a post-doctoral fellowship at the William Alanson White Institute in New York City.
Awareness of our relationship and the relationships that matter to you are essential to changing and adjusting to your world in the way that makes you most fulfilled. Interpersonal therapy helps us focus on the most pressing and present relationships that matter to you.
The relationship between client and therapist is an important part of the therapy. In that relationship, the therapist can model what a healthy relationship can sound, feel and look like--supporting the client to become more gentle, supportive and compassionate internally, toward themselves. This is a kind of re-parenting that assist the client in greater self-kindness, care, healing and growth.
Rogerian / humanistic / person centered
Interpersonal Neurobiology demonstrates how we as humans help each other weather the storms of life through relationship and attuned, compassionate care. I am currently in training with Bonnie Badenoch, PhD, one of the leaders in the field of interpersonal neurobiology, and this has become my main mode of practice.
Interpersonal Neurobiology looks at how our relationships with other people are vitally important in how we perceive and interact with ourselves. This has emphasized to me the importance of warmth, acceptance and connection in therapy.
The professional relationship that I have with my clients often reflects the relationship that they have with others in their lives. I often use interactions that happen during the therapy session to give direct examples and feedback to my clients about how they may be perceived. This \'here and now\' type of therapy can be powerful and produce quick results and changes.
As with EFT, interpersonal therapy utilizies an attachment base. Once we understand your attachment style we can then examine the unique ways in which you engage in relationships to meet your needs. We will identify unhealthy interpersonal patterns and work to develop more adaptive techniques to engage in relationships.
Interpersonal psychotherapy emphasizes the transformative power of relationships--both those you have with family, friends, and colleagues and that which you have with your therapist. This therapy focuses on developing corrective experiences, in which you can practice relating to people in new ways and start healing from damage done in previous relationships.